to relent is sometimes a wonderful thing…

After much much begging, pleading, whining, and self-searching, we have welcomed a new “baby” into our home. 

I have always been a cat person.  Always.  I enjoy petting other people’s dogs and occasionally even walk one if I am house-sitting.  I think dogs are wonderful creatures and I also believe kids should have a dog to grow up with – to be a friend to them through thick and thin when no one else seems to understand the trials of just being a kid.  But this earnest philosophy has always been hypothetical until last Sunday, when I learned that sometimes even a cat person can be persuaded to go to the other side.  After all, who could resist this face?

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I am now officially a dog person, at least for my own dog.  My son named him “Jack” without hesitation.  Somehow it suits him perfectly.  Laid-back, docile, and highly tolerant of my two active children, Jack has already taught me more than I have taught him – mostly that sometimes it is good to go outside of our comfort zone and try something new.  Jack will be a great adventure for our family.  Also, did I mention, HUGE? Yes, he is a St. Bernard.  People keep saying, “Oh my gosh, he’s going to be so BIG!!!” And I always say, “Yes, he will be about a foot tall.” When they look at me quizzically I say, “Well, he will mostly be lying down, so he will only be about a head tall!”

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Caroline likes to say “Rest” – one of her favorite words – and demonstrate for Jack how it is done:)

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“Nose” – another of her favorite words:

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And in case you were wondering,  Jack is not always quite this docile, although it does seem to his standard mood. He is still a three month old puppy.  It is a little disconcerting to see a dog so big acting like a puppy and chasing his tail.  Hopefully soon I will get some shots of how proud Jack looks when he is “Sitting” like a good dog.

Coming this week – another birthday party sneak peek!

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