I am home now waiting for the rest of the family to show up. We're about to head out and pick up our puppy. It is a big deal, this addition to the family. I have wanted to get a dog for a long time now, but had intentionally held off.
For a while it was because there wasn't time and then because it was too hard to raise toddlers and a puppy. Today that changes. Today the kids get their puppy, a mutt of somewhat unknown origins. We know that his mother is a mix of Cocker Spaniel and something. Mom was adopted and managed to get knocked up while out on the mean streets of LA.
So now we'll bring home a puppy that is a mix of Cocker Spaniel and something something. He looks a bit like a cross between a beagle and a Rottweiler. All of 8 weeks old he doesn't know much so we'll help him learn and hope that during his adventure he doesn't destroy too many things.
And as we go the kids will get to learn a little bit more about responsibility. They'll have chores related to taking care of the new guy. I am looking forward to watching it all unfold.
One last comment before we head out to pick him up. I find it fascinating to think about how the puppy and my puppies will grow up together. If he lives 10 years (and we hope for much longer) the six and ten year olds who already love him will be big kids. Surreal to think that ten years from now I'll have a son who is 20 and a daughter who is 16.
And I know just how fast that time will go. Oy, I am not ready for them to be that big. Guess I'll have to work hard to enjoy now that much more. ;)
Wish, us luck, two kids and a dog, should be interesting.