we knew it was coming, but we thought we had more time. we thought it would be a girl and that she would be a little older. we were  wrong.

a week and a half ago we were out running errands when we met boyd. the humane society was set up next door to target (our original destination) and as always, we went over to look at the dogs. i’m not sure if i was the only one that noticed him laid out and totally relaxed in some little boys lap, seemingly indifferent to the crowd of people milling around. but, when the boy left i called bea over to have a look. we spent some time with him and when it was time to go none of us really wanted to leave him. we stood around for a good ten minutes debating whether he was ‘the one’. okay. we weren’t really debating. we knew we liked the dog. what really happened is matt and i stood there asking each other repeatedly for five minutes if we were really ready for this. as in really really ready. then that turned into asking “are we really doing this?” for another five.

it’s been 16 years since we’ve had a puppy, but we had not forgotten how much work, time and effort it takes to teach and train a pup (one reason i thought we’d go with an older dog).  we knew what to expect with house training, and as far as puppies go, he’s not doing too bad.  of course, i forgot how loud or foreign noises can literally scare the piss out of a puppy. and the little pisser liked the living room rug, so i rolled it up and stowed it away until he knows better. i won’t go into lengthy detail about the poo situation other than to say he’s done great on that front and i am so glad we have a big backyard  that backs up to a wooded area. i avoid being the pooper scooper at all costs. i figure i take care of paying the bills, matt can can be the scooper. they’re both shitty jobs.

we also knew he’d chew on anything and everything. i think he’s pulling a fast one on us though. sure there are the random shoes (those are his weakness), miscellaneous socks and pieces of chalk carelessly tossed onto the nearest surface after being pulled from boyd’s razor sharp teeth, but he has yet  to destroy any of those things. the worst damage done so far has been to the plug for my phone. so, i’ve been without a phone for a week because i’m too lazy to go out and buy a new charger. seriously, i’m just waiting for the epic damage. i’m certain there will be a day i come home and find my favorite chair pissed on, chewed on, shat on and puked on. i think he’s plotting and biding his time. maybe he’s feeling us out before he decides how bad the damage should be. whatever he decides on, i’ll be expecting it so he can take the surprise factor and shove it.

before boyd joined our family i briefly thought about how it might be more work (and a pain in the ass) to raise a puppy when there are small children in the house. so far, i’m not finding that to be the case. yes, there is another mouth to feed, more toys lying around that no one wants to pick up and as mentioned above, more pee and poop. but, the kids are naturals with him. they help in feeding him, taking him outside, encouraging him when he does good, telling him no when he doesn’t, they take the shoe from his jaws and replace it with one of his toys. they argue over whose bed he gets to sleep  in and whose turn it is to give him a treat. (can i just add here that all this is such a relief considering we have a fish and a crab that neither one of them could give a flying you know what about. for example, the other day i asked henry to feed his fish. he said, and i quote, “what fish?”. i gave him the look for a couple of seconds and then he said, “oh.”.) but, they don’t scoop the poop. if we even ask then they give us the look.

so, while we definitely have our work cut out for us, ahem . . .

this is the best thing we’ve done in a long while. (especially in the pet department. dang fish.).

*the title of the post is a bea quote. she has said that at least 3 times a day since april 7th.



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  1. pencilfox #
    April 18, 2012

    oh, man….what a great post.

  2. pencilfox #
    April 18, 2012

    oh, man….what a great post!

  3. April 18, 2012

    melt me. those last shots of bea and boyd? yep, done melted.

  4. Goda Ona #
    April 18, 2012

    That last picture alone is worth all the scooping… and getting a dog is hands down one of the brightest highlights of my childhood! Back to gazing at the picture that’s left me speechless..

    • April 18, 2012

      yeah, i’m thinking we’ve pretty much made bea’s life with this.

  5. April 18, 2012

    omg. heart melting!! 🙂

  6. heyheyitsvanessa #
    April 18, 2012

    oh I love him.
    We’re the worst dog owners ever. It’s partly because our yard isn’t fenced in, so the last dog we had just roamed randomly throughout the neighborhood..yes, I was that person.
    Boyd is adorable.

    • April 18, 2012

      we have a huge fenced in yard that backs up to a wooded area, which is nice because when we (matt) scoop poop we just fling it over our fence. yep, we’re that classy. we fling poo.

  7. lisamac333 #
    April 18, 2012

    Adorable…all of it, especially the title 😉
    Not sure I could do the whole puppy thing again…but seeing these pics of Boyd gives me a little twinge of something!

    • April 18, 2012

      i wasn’t sure we could do the puppy thing either (after today i’m still debating that), but when we saw him we just couldn’t leave him behind.

  8. lifeineden #
    April 18, 2012

    well, of course I’m a big fan of the whole dog thing. it does something to kids. something special.
    i like that dog you got too. hope to meet him someday 🙂

    • April 18, 2012

      bea is such an animal lover. it was time to get something furry and cuddly for her. she had just turned 2 when our last dog passed away, i don’t think she remembers her that much. her quote today, “we’re going to keep him forever. that’s what i say!”. she’s quite smitten.

  9. April 18, 2012

    that is one freaking adorable puppy. sounds like you guys made a pretty good decision. 🙂

  10. joelynnej #
    April 18, 2012

    Is Boyd a Jack Russel? So glad you wrote about this. Mainly because I’m nosy. Also love like he seems like Bea’s sidekick in amazingness. Write that book. 😉

    • April 18, 2012

      the humane society said he was probably part jack russell part boxer (which probably means pit bull). and he’s been a total asshole today – though he seems to be behaving a bit better now that the kids are home from school. maybe pissing all over the house today was a big FU to me for making the kids leave 3 mornings a week.

  11. Mountain Mama #
    April 18, 2012

    Oh yay! I am so glad you are pleased with the way things are going and that Boyd seems like such a natural fit for your family. And I wholeheartedly agree with your stand on the scooping o’ the poop 🙂 Jobs like that are why we have children and husbands!

    It took us a while to get back in the dog game after Sambone died. I was guilt ridden with the thought of replacing him and had trouble transferring my love to another animal, which in retrospect was kind of silly, but you know how the heart and head work, or don’t in my case. And after much debate we went with a puppy so that the boys, Caleb especially, could be involved in her training. All and all the memories of chewed possesions and poop episodes have faded, except for my favorite pair of shoes that she mangled and I still wear despite their ruined interior, argh, and now she is a wonderful, well behaved girl. I could not imagine our family without her.

    Yay for you guys! Your family just keeps getting more and more awesome 🙂

    • April 18, 2012

      i hear you. henry was ready for another dog immediately after mason died. it took matt and i this long to be ready. we were going to wait until after summer, but when you meet the right dog you just know. boyd is testing me today, though. luckily, it’s just puddles of pee and not my favorite shoes (i’ve been good about keeping mine out of sight). he seems to prefer bea’s shoes anyway.

  12. April 18, 2012

    just another fur baby! the photos are wonderfully touching and beautiful!

  13. Ana #
    April 18, 2012

    Oh my goodness. I didn’t look ahead to meet Boyd, but read patiently. It was well worth the wait as I knew it would be.

    If this pup had just a few more markings and was much smaller, like, about 6 weeks old, he’d be the spitting image of a rescue my husband and I couldn’t resist bringing home when we stopped at the SPCA years ago after losing our beagle, Fred, aka Snoopy (Seriously. He had that much attitude, complete with baying at the moon standing on top of his doghouse).

    Our Jed was THE best puppy. He house broke quickly, was super quiet and had the sweetest disposition. I think he was so grateful to have found a home. If we hadn’t stopped, he would have been euthanized.

    He rarely barked or fussed. But, don’t get near him when he was eating or you gave him a bone. Then, and only then, would he growl at you. LOL! And he didn’t like thunder. He ripped through the insulation around our a/c unit in the garage a couple of times trying to hide from the storm when we weren’t home. Poor baby. He also got seriously car sick. But, a little Dramamine and he had the time of his life backpacking and camping with us.

    Even when we brought home a pistol of a girl yellow lab puppy when he was 7 years old, he gave us the stink eye for just a day or so and was the best big brother.

    Ah, the memories. I miss him so much. And she missed him, too.

    Now I miss both of them.

    Thank you. Yours was one of the nicest blog posts I’ve read in a long time. One day I’ll have another pup or two, for sure. Enjoy yours. I know it’ll be the best decision you’ve ever made.

    • April 18, 2012

      thank you so much, ana! we lost our dog mason a year and a half ago and it took us this long to be ready to welcome a new dog into our home (she was terrified of thunder and as a puppy would eat through furniture if she was left alone during a storm. as she got older she would just hide in the closet). boyd has been a challenge today, but he really is a sweetie and i have to remind myself that he’s still so young (only 10 weeks) and he’ll get the hang of things soon enough. our mason was so ridiculously easy as a puppy, minus the torn up furniture, that i think she may have spoiled us.

  14. mary #
    April 18, 2012

    i guess i’m the last mom alive that hasn’t caved. thanks jess. thanks a lot. and for those adorable, heart melting photos of boyd and bea that make me want to run to the pet store? yeah, thanks for those too.

    • April 18, 2012

      ha ha, mary! he was just what she needed. i’m certain we have bought her a best friend. today, while he was napping i caught bea kissing the top of his paws. he is going to be spoiled, but hopefully not rotten!

  15. April 18, 2012

    This post just warmed my heart. I like that dog you got too, Bea.

    • April 18, 2012

      aww, thanks! he’s a stinker, but a sweetie!

  16. allison mcd #
    April 18, 2012

    Hi! loved reading about Boyd … you officially have your fill of cute over there at your place.

  17. April 18, 2012

    Very parallel lives! Boyd is totally adorable, though. Does it feel like your family is more complete? It does for us. Even though a puppy is a pain with the chewing and housebreaking, there is nothing quite so adorable and wonderful…

  18. April 18, 2012

    Such sweetness. Congratulations. My daughter just got a pet rat — more work and more fun than I expected from such a small animal, but it reminds my why I don’t get a dog.

  19. April 19, 2012

    Oh my goodness, he is adorable! And he makes the perfect sidekick to Bea!

  20. April 19, 2012

    Those last two photos make me want to stop and look at puppies. Please knock it off.

  21. kathy #
    April 20, 2012

    Love a great puppy post! And he is a cutie!! I couldn’t see my life with out a furry creature in it. Well, I did, and I didn’t like it. Furry Friends for Life!!!

  22. Jill #
    April 20, 2012

    A) God, how I love that name for this pup.
    B) The photos of Bea and Boyd are adorable beyond belief.
    C) I forwarde this on to the Girls and Shelby thought it was “fucking adorable” . . . so there.

  23. Laura #
    April 23, 2012

    Oh Lord….I’m gone. GONE I say!! I have major puppy fever and this sends me right over the edge. Plus Bea and Boyd snuggled up? Brings back a bajillion good memories of my dog when I was little.

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