Have you met our newest addition?
Oh you know, our life is pretty boring. We have so much spare time on our hands…so we decided we needed a puppy.
I know, I know, most everyone thinks we’re crazy to have a puppy right now, but there’s a method to our madness. I promise. 🙂
You see, Vladik LOVES dogs. He has no fear of dogs (in fact, the dogs would be wise to fear Vladik a bit) and loves to wrestle them, run with them- and just be with them. Around Christmas time we started thinking that it would be really good for Vladik to have a dog, especially with all of his upcoming surgeries. Also, Vladik has loads of energy. The kid doesn’t stop. We started thinking it would be great to have a dog, someone for him to spend some of that excess energy on.
I put a feeler post out there into Facebook land, something along the lines of “We’re thinking of getting a dog to be a companion for Vladik. Thoughts?” And the rest was history!
Our friend Paige responded that her English Shepherd had just delivered a litter of 10 puppies and that English Shepherds are a great breed for companion and therapy dogs. We researched the breed and we were sold. We began planning how we could swing getting an English Shepherd for Vladik. Not long after that, Paige told us that she and her husband had talked, and they wanted to gift us one of the puppies for Vladik! AMAZING!
Shortly after the new year we went to visit the puppies and decide which one would come home to us. Paige had prayed and asked the Lord for it to be made really clear, the right pup for Vladik. The kids and I sat in a circle on Paige’s kitchen floor and she put all the available puppies, with different colored collars, in the middle of our little circle. One puppy, the one with the blue collar, went up to Vladik immediately. She chewed on his shoe, laid on his lap, walked circles around him and then just sat at attention right beside him. And that was that! Blue collar puppy had made her choice. Paige was so happy, because that was the exact puppy that she had originally that would be best for us! Blue Collar Girl became Bluebell, and a few weeks later she came home with us.
Having a puppy is a ton of work, of course, and I would be lying if I said there weren’t moments when I’ve thought “We’re truly gluttons for punishment”, but we already love our Bluebell so much! Really. She.is.awesome. She’s smart as all get out and so stinkin’ soft. She feels like a stuffed animal! Yes, she chews and chews and chews, but she is learning! Bluebell is just the perfect dog for our family and we are so blessed to have her. We plan to take her back to Ukraine with us and I’m pretty sure she’ll love her life once we have our group homes on our little farm. Think of how much joy she’ll bring to all our boys! I can’t wait to see it!
So, there you have it. That’s why we have a puppy at a time when it seems like probably the worst idea ever 🙂 Call us crazy, but we’re already in love. No turning back now!