Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Dash Dash

We went to Utah for New Year's Eve and stayed with some friends in Midway for part of our trip. There were two dogs in the house and our kids loved them so much! It made me want a puppy. I've always wanted a puppy for the kids, but I got a bit obsessed. I was checking the classifieds constantly and calling and texting on all sorts of poodle mix ads. Everyone told me not to do it. Sam didn't think it was the right time. I got fixated and sometimes I can be a bit impulsive. :/

We did it! She is a wonderful dog... still a dog and, well, I am not a total dog person. I love her one week and then the next week she drives me crazy. I am glad we have her, though, and we got lucky with how good she is. I'm currently in the "I love Dashy" part of my life and I appreciate how loyal and sweet she is. She learns pretty quickly and she's just so obsessed with the entire family. All the reasons I wanted a dog for our family have become a reality and we really do love her!

Dash and her litter mates 
Picking her up!

That phase where she wouldn't sleep in her bed and only hung out in her toy basket. She's a weirdo!

Fall in Co. Springs with our matchy matchy crew!
 Dashy's first birthday 11/12/16

 The snow is her very favorite!
 She loves car rides and being with us as much as possible. 
If she hears me tell the kids it is time to get in the car she sprints out to the garage and hops in.... even if she isn't invited.
 The kids love her in their beds. One time we couldn't find her and after hours we realized she had  been shut up in Harvey's room. She never whined or made a noise, was just waiting patiently in his room.
For all the reasons Dashy is an amazing dog, there are so many reasons I struggled with having a dog. #1 reason: I'm like the worst dog mom ever. I started to feel frustrated and that frustration just got worse and worse. All the time I spent with her... training her, feeding her, bathing and grooming her (took FOREVER!) and more, I  felt I should be doing more with or for my kids... NOT the freaking dog. We found out we were expecting baby #5 in December 2016 and then in January we found it was babies 5 AND 6 coming. Ahhh!! It was basically then that I realized I simply couldn't handle a dog with six kids 6 and under. I feel terrible.... like I failed the kids and especially Dashy but we found her a new home a few weeks later. I felt free and sad. So many mixed feelings. But I think it was the right thing to do.

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