Monday, May 12, 2008

I Had a Dog...

She was cute.

She still is really cute.

But, she peed so much and started barking at my daughter while trying to take ownership of me as her mom and no one elses and she cried in the night and peed on the carpet thrice and tried to chew the couch and cried a lot and was really good at taking walks but peed in the house, did I mention that? and she was cute when she took my shirt and made it extra comfy in her donut bed and she had a special liking for shoes which was cute until I started imagining her teeth getting large and causing more damage and she peed and the pee smelled like fish which reminded me that I am deathly allergic to shrimp and I tried to stay present with the dog but it just didn't work and so my wonderful husband of mine drove Uli back to her home in Pennsylvania, and there she will stay.

And Big Sis cried a little and forgave me right away with this response: "Mom, don't worry, I will forget about her." And Lil Sis said a casual "Bye" and I think she was totally fine because this whole time (2 days) kept talking about how the puppy missed her mom. And my husband called after dropping her off and said he was sad about missing Uli, but could tell she was happy to be back.

And I was so happy when I came home to no cutie patootie Uli that I cleaned my whole house after 7 pm...which NEVER happens.

Aah. Huge mistake, lesson learned.

20 comments:

kj said...

In the long run that was a very good move. You just simplified your life.

wendysue said...

This convinces me even more that my kids just need to babysit a dog for a few days now and then. . .like rent-a-dog or something.

I'm glad you got everything worked out and especially that the girls seem to be over it pretty quickly.

Laura said...

Smart move to admit the mistake while it could still be fixed. I am pretty firm about no dogs around here. She was beautiful that dog :)

beth said...

Oh my gosh, what an adventure you've had with this dog! I am not a dog person, so I get where you're coming from. It really is a lot of responsibility. I'm glad your girls took it pretty well.

NTG said...

Oh man, I love you Glasses! This world would not be the same without you! Thanks for sharing your adventures.

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Aprilyn said...

I'm glad you were able to do what is right for you guys. Bummer about the dog though. Hooray for landlords who say we can't have pets. :)

Chloe said...

Wow...wow, wow. What a whirlwind. I'm sorry that it's been emotional, but better to learn from the mistake earlier rather than later :)

pam said...

Been there, done that. In the end the kids never forget that dog but they do get over it and move on. We waited until our kids were older and more independent to get another dog and it all worked out fine. They will "get it" once they get a little more mature, you made the right decision as hard as it may be.

Rachel H said...

One of my sisters just had that exact experience!! Didn't work out with the little doggie.

BTW, cats are WAY easier! (We have 3!!) But you guys might just need a break now, huh? =)

Megan said...

I can say after doing it twice now that raising a puppy is a full-time job that is incredibly stressful. Hard enough on it's own WITHOUT kids! It eats up all your time and your belongings...it's something you have to really want and be into. If you ever decide for a doggie in the future; I've found that adopting an older dog (age 2 or 3) is a much easier process since usually they are already mostly potty trained and are past all the puppy stages with chewing, biting, crying etc. Makes things much simpler!

Catherine said...

Confession: when I brought home my 1st kitten over 15 years ago, the second he climbed over the baby gate I installed to keep him contained, I panicked and brought him back to his 1st home........good for you to make the right decision for you!
Catherine & Paige
in Orlando

lainakay said...

Sorry, I thought this post would be coming, it just happened quicker than I thought it would. Which is better for everyone involved.

The same thing has happened with several friends of mine and my sister.

Dogs are cute but so much work, add to that small children and it's just another job for Mom. Mom's are usually busy enough, right?

I remind myself of this every time my children beg for a pet. I figure that when they're older, like tweens or teens, I'll consider a big pet. For now a fish is as much as I can handle and even that is a concession!

Yay for you realizing it before you had to get a dogsitter for vacations, pay through the nose at the vet and break the kids' hearts!

E-Dawg said...

After hearing the story and getting over my shock, I realized this is soooo Kristy. It makes me laugh and I can't believe I didn't predict this when I first heard that you were thinking about a dog.

So now what's the project?

Lisa said...

When Courtney leaves for college, we will send Chloe to live with you. Problem solved!

nowlze said...

poor kage! better to return the dog to the breeder now though. you totally did the right thing.

though uli was freaking adorable, i think you just need to find the right dog for your family.

HK said...

Thanks for the great laugh - my office mates couldn't figure out what I was laughing about. It was good to talk to you and you made the right decision. Please keep the entertainment coming. You really made my day.

knittingirl said...

I have to admit - I was thinking "what is she thinking??" as soon as I saw that Weimaraner. Beautiful, big dogs that they are, they're a lot to handle, especially as pups! Good choice...

LJ said...

Okay, I just commented "congrats on getting a dog" and then read this post afterwards! :) Sorry the dog didn't work out for you, but it sounds like it was for the best. The dog before ours was horrible about potty training and we finally sold her because it was so frustrating. But this new dog we have is perfect and 100% housebroken. That makes him MUCH cuter! :)

onehm said...

We have three BIG dogs that live totally outside, so the mess in my house is not an issue, but I am still saying NO to a dog EVER AGAIN.
So glad that you feel good about your decision.
I swear dogs are more trouble than kids.
And at one point I had four of both. (Kids & Dogs)

;)