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Saturday, July 25, 2009

It's a Boy!

The girls have been on pins and needles today. They anxiously awaited a phone call for us to pick up our new four-legged-furry family member. They even made two very colorful pictures to welcome him home.

Meet Buddy!

It was hard for me to get great pictures, but this is his mom, Zoe.

And his dad, Samson.

Buddy is a 7 week old purebred Golden Retriever. We met him earlier this week, and we all fell in love with him! We all love dogs, but Gib did NOT want one. How we convinced Gib to let us get him, I'm not sure. Well, truth be known, I think this little guy stole his heart!

Gib held him for a long time when we were visiting the puppies. By that night, we had decided to make him a part of our family, and we're all super excited that he's here! Gib too!

Gib gave Jessica a run for her money. I truly think he would have let her get the dog anyway, but he played a game of "high-low" with her. We could only find the Uno cards. They were tied, one to one. By the third draw, Jessica drew a 3. Gib said, "OK. There are many more numbers higher than 3. Your only chance of getting a puppy is if I draw a 1 or 2". He had a 1 in his hand. You should have seen Jess jumping up and down. She even did a few cartwheels through the family room. Needless to say, she was beside herself with excitement.

The girls used some of their own money to buy his bowls, collar, leash, brush, shampoo and some toys. They had a great time picking things out for him. Jessica wanted to clean his bowls yesterday. She and Emma Grace each washed one. Jessica rinsed and dried hers. It is stainless steel, and it was spotless and so clean that it shined like a mirror. She held it up and asked, "Momma, do you think this is clean enough for Buddy?" Oh my. I think he's going to be spoiled!

Jessica has wanted a dog for about two years. It was earlier this year when she wrote a persuasive paper (you can read it by clicking here) and put together a power point presentation, BY HERSELF, as to why we should get a dog. She has waited a long time. She was talking to me about it yesterday, how the waiting was so hard. I told her "Good things come to those who wait". Oh, how I wish I believed that was true in all of life's circumstances.


The big debate right now...where is he going to sleep? The girls are arguing because they both want him in their room. We might keep him in our room. We have a small crate for him so hopefully he'll feel secure wherever he ends up tonight.

He's very happy sprawled out in the kitchen floor right now.

He got a bath when he first got home.

We loved on him for a while.

Took him on a short walk right after dinner and he's worn out.

Hopefully we'll have a good night. He's a love already! Such a snuggler, too! We loved that about him when we first met him.

These are both very happy girls!

But this one is especially giddy!



  1. Buddy is so adorable! I remember when we got our Miniture Collie,... Poco, (Sheltie), when he was a puppy and our girls were little. We were all excited.

    We loved that dog and had him for twelve wonderful years before he died. I hope Buddy will be with you for a very long time.
    Have Fun!
    Linda @ Truthful Tidbits

  2. Thanks for the comment you left on my blog! Your family is beautiful, and the puppy is oh-so-cute, too!

  3. Oh, Tonya! I'm so so happy! He's adorable! I can't wait to come and visit you so I can get some puppy cuddles too!
    I can tell that Gib doesn't regret this decision at all. He looks like he loves Buddy just as much as you all!