A birthday and a new baby Fry

Big news: In my blogging absence my baby girl turned 5!

AND

To celebrate this monumental occasion, we adopted a pound from the dog. (Did I mention I'm tired). A dog from the pound. A 6-month old German Shepherd puppy, to be exact. His name is Spencer and he is wonderful. The humane society people think that he is full bred, based on the breeder who dropped him off and his drooping ears, which don't sell as well as pointy ones.

It was a huge deal, this doggy business. Alex helped me pick him up and we hid him from Kayla until the day we celebrated her birthday. We put blindfolds on the girls, hid him around the side of the house - the works. Her reaction was worth it all. She's been fervently praying for a dog for probably at least a year. She would pray for "a new house with a dog." One out of two isn't bad.

In fact, when she blew out her candles right before the whole blindfolded deal, we asked her what she wished for...... "A dog."

She squealed with such delight when she saw him. She's doing well at taking care of him. He's huge for a puppy (gonna be a big dude), and she's been knocked over and scratched. But she's hanging in there - learning to be the boss with him. She says she likes it when he takes off running when she's walking him - says he's "giving her a ride." That's an understatement. Kayla's strong and fast, but this puppy has her beat. I have to stay very close or he drags her around.



Sometimes I wonder what I was thinking...bringing a large smelly animal into the family who I must help feed and bathe and walk and take to the vet on Monday. But I have a 5-year old animal lover who goes out to be with her puppy every morning to remind me why I did such a thing.....

You thought I was gonna say I was expecting a new baby Fry, didn't you? No way! hee hee

Comments

dorcas said…
Hi Sarah! I have to admit that a new baby came to mind:-) Blake just loves puppies too and we'd love to have one but no place to keep one right now. I missed reading your blog. Glad to see you're back.
Juwah said…
What a good Mom you are! I'm still holding out in the dog area. I don't want some obnoxious dog barking and jumping on company...so then I'd have to train it if we got one. I'm kinda full up in the traing department...so we have fish.
Angie Davis said…
Belated Happy Birthday! You've made me look bad--my house is still puppyless and likely to stay that wat until grad school is done.
Jerri Ann said…
Hey Sara,
It's JerriAnn. I understand the living in cramped area. I'm living with my sister with my two daughters untill my mom and dad's log cabin is built (which the builder keeps putting off) In our house we have 2 rotwielders, a poodle, and my sister just bought a boxer puppy. The puppy will calm down, and you will enjoy. it's great that you are in Indiana. Maybe we get together sometime. My daughteres are 18 months and four.
Carrie said…
The most fun part??? Surely you didn't forget! Scooping poop, of course!!
Carrie said…
I don't know what vet you're taking him to, but I strongly suggest Kurt Strueh. He's cheaper and nicer--I'll just leave it at that.

Also, you can buy vaccinations at Tractor Supply Co. in Lafayette (all but Rabies, that is) and they're only about $12 per shot. As long as you keep your packaging and receipt, Dr. Strueh will accept them (the other vets in town--unless there's a new one I don't know about--insist on giving shots themselves and won't see your animal unless THEY have given the shots.)

Be sure to take in a fresh stool sample to the vet on Monday (it's not that much extra to have them test it and wormer isn't that much more, either). Your kids can get worms from the puppy! :p

Just some helpful tidbits of info! ;)
katies said…
Hmmm....I hope this is not the one we dropped off. Sure looks like it.
~Heather~ said…
Yes...we did think that you were going to have another baby...I think a baby MIGHT have been easier to take care of! HA! BUT...I'm happy for your kids! I'm the FARTHEST from an animal lover that you can find...but we had a dog too in AZ for our kids sake...and they still love her to pieces. Poor Grandma and Grandpa D. got stuck with her when God called us to Colombia. When our Kimberly (who was 6 then) found out that she could not take her dog with us....she CRIED and informed me that "God called you and Daddy to the mission field...HE DIDN'T CALL ME!!!" HA! She's fine with it now!

Love, Heather =)
Kim M. said…
Hi Sarah, You and I don't know each other very well, but I really have enjoyed your website and blog. I am originally from Alabama and it was so funny because I was on the same flight to Alabama with one of your sisters awhile back. I kept looking at her and thinking "she HAS to be a Wolfe" and then YOu and David picked her up so I knew who you were. I said "hi" to ya'll. Anyway I go to L. Sankey's church in Bedford, IN. But I wanted to say "hi" since I have been reading your blog and website. I love the section on homemaking that you have. Keep up the good work. :-)
Kelly S said…
Our kids have a large dog that drags them, jumps on them, scratches, them, etc. As much of an animal hater I am :), I have fallen in love with this dog. He is such a good protector! I have learned his different barks. He even has a specific bark to tell me when Jacob or Kara (my two youngest) have gone outside alone. Twice now I have recognized that bark and ran outside and Kara or Jacob had gone outside without anyone knowing. We have a pond, so it's a bit scary for one of them to be outside alone.
Stephanie said…
OK! You totally got me! And here I was thinking I was out of the loop for baby #4! LOL!
Laura jayden said…
I love when you talk about this type of stuff in your posts. Perhaps could you continue to do this?
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