If you've been reading my blog for a while you probably remember just how much my youngest son loves dogs. When he was 7 months old our neighbors had a puppy and whenever we were outside our little man would crawl all the way across our yard, into the neighbors yard, and over to the dog where he would sit and pet and play with him. Anytime we are out and about and spot a dog he begs to go over and pet the dog. The funny thing is that dogs seem to love my son right back. I can't tell you the number of times we've been around dogs and more often than not they clamor toward my son. My husband and I often joke that he's like a mini dog whisperer.
For the past few years my husband has been trying to talk me into getting a dog. I've never owned a dog or cat in my life so the thought of bringing a four-legged friend into our home wasn't something I was all that comfortable with. It seems I've heard story after story of dogs who rip apart the house, eat shoes (oh, how I love shoes!), and need to be exercised everyday. The thought of all the possibilities of what could go wrong had me frozen and unwilling to commit! However, the boys (especially my youngest son) have now joined my husband in begging for a dog. They have done an incredible amount of research on a breed well suited for our lifestyle, along with reading up on how to train a dog, how to care for a dog, how to keep a dog from eating shoes (they obviously knew that was a big roadblock for me). As the boys continued to plead their case I felt my defenses going down ever so slightly.
After much thought I decided that having a dog around for my boys to care for and love might not be such a bad idea...especially considering just how much our youngest son loves dogs. When my husband suggested we travel to go see a litter of puppies just born I knew the battle was pretty much over. Sure enough about 2 seconds into our meeting with the pups I was sold. I'll let the pictures speak for themselves:
Today's lunch is in celebration of the newest addition to our family who will be coming home in 4 weeks and 6 days (according to my son who is keeping very close track on the calendar)!! The lunch includes: peanut butter sandwich, white American cheese with ham accents for the paw print, celery and peanut butter (if nut allergies are a concern you might consider using sunbutter), almond flour chocolate chip cookies, two squares of dark chocolate all packed in a Planet Lunch Box