Saturday, August 22, 2009

Never promise guinea pigs

That's how it started with us. Our oldest asked for a guinea pig and for some unknown reason, her father agreed. We had had guinea pigs in the past and I even had 2 growing up, Gladys and Arthur. But I just wasn't liking the idea of launching into the world of guinea pigs again. While they are absolutely adorable creatures, I felt like if we were going to attempt another foray into the world of pet ownership, it may be better to have more of a playmate for our kids.

And so we started discussing the alternatives. We have fish, but as our second daughter once pointed out to us, they are nice, though rather difficult to cuddle. Point taken. No more fish.

I briefly pushed for a hedgehog. They are super cute, live outside under a pile of wood, eat bugs, are generally low maintenance and have the added bonus of being able to substitute for a ball in case of a bowling emergency. But I was vetoed. No hedgehogs.

A bit more thinking and we finally gave in. We were headed for puppyhood.

And so upon our return from the summer holidays, the pressure at home to go and start looking for puppies began and increased at a surprisingly rapid pace. A few phone calls later and only one visit and Pippa has come home to stay with us. The fact that we had decided upon a Westie didn't seem to matter once the girls set eyes on the pitch black Scottie we had seen.

So now we find ourselves in the midst of potty-training a puppy while continuing to house-train our 3 year old. Or maybe it's the other way around. Which ever way it is, a new adventure has begun for us and Pippa has captured all of our hearts.

a boy, his dog and his red sparkly shoes...

11 comments:

Kala said...

She's so cute, congratulations!

SoBella Creations said...

Congrats! Cute cute cute!!

momentsbymartha said...

loving the red sparkly shoes. and pippa is gorgeous too!

Jennifer Rose said...

aww she is very cute :)

Bigbluebed said...

Such a sweetie!

ana carina said...

Oohh, what a cute dog! Dogs are amazing, and it's a new member of the family, not a pet.. you'll see :)

P.S. - I loooove hedgehogs, but in Portugal you can't find them in the pet stores..

nanouke

TiLT said...

awwww..so cute :0
And I love the bonus use of a hedgehog - gotta watch out for those bowling emergencies :P

Star of the East said...

Hi hiii potty-training and house-training :D She is such a cutie tho!

Duni said...

She's a cutie! I'm sure she'll grow on you too :)

Giffysk8s said...

You are going to LOVE Pippa! What an adorable face! My dogs are my babies (two male Shih Tzus). I also love guinea pigs (my children's books are about one), and my son had a pet hedgehog which was way cool. But nothing beats a dog. :)

Cupcake said...

Oh I love Pippa and the sparkly red shoes - not sure which one I love more :-) As the parent of a six month old Goldendoodle - I say smaller is better - it's really hard to kick 30 to 40 pounds of dead weight to the end of the bed - especially when she likes to snuggle so much.