It's that time again. It has been two weeks since my last confession.

Okay, so I admit it. I look daily at craigslist pet listings. I've even emailed people about a few puppies. I can't help myself. I find myself walking around a dog that's not here. *I am vacuuming more than ever because there's no wet nose sniffing out the crumbs. I've forgotten to lock the back door because the girls go out in the afternoon and there are no late night doggie potty trips causing me to check that door. I also know it's a lot of work to train a puppy. I know that puppy vet visits are expensive. And I know that we already have plenty of pets to take care of around here. But my heart and my head don't necessarily always agree. How else do you explain deciding to have a second child?

KBHR has been gone just over a month. Dear gracious did we love that dog. Brooke still draws him "up in heaven" in pictures and talks about him almost daily. But funny enough, the girls haven't really started campaigning for a puppy, like I thought they would. Nope this little obsession with checking local puppy listings, is all me.

In the Great Campaign of 1994 I knew my best course of action was to lobby for a big dog. Becuase my parents always have some little yappy and annoying dog and in contrast Brian's sister had big good natured labs, Brian naturally believed big dogs were better. He finally agreed that if his sister's dog had puppies they would be great dogs and we could have one. The fates heard his hollow promise and granted my wish in the form of a very pregnant black lab at my soon to be SIL's house. KBHR was born while hubby and I were honeymooning. The wedding present that kept on giving.

Of course I know the bad behavior of the little dogs we know is mostly in the lack of training. Anyway, my girls like the idea of a smaller dog, one they can carry and cuddle. And lets face it most dogs that don't shed are smaller breeds. Non-shedding is at the top of the list of requirements in a dog if ever we decide to get one. So not only have I looked at craigslist, but I've looked at different breeds of dogs. Namely small dogs. I KNOW! Me? Part of the couple that coined the phrase "kick dog" as in a dog small enough to drop kick across the room. What has the world come to?

Yes, my husband reads my blog. I can guarentee he will read this then ignore it. He calls it letting me spin my wheels. And he knows that I know in the end in our house adopting any pet is a family decision. He knows deep in his heart I would never actually get a new puppy without his approval... um, his agreement... um, his surrender. But you never know, someone might be giving away the perfect "doodle" puppy, so I keep looking.

Now it's your turn. Keep me company here. What does your heart yearn for although you know the timing just isn't right?

*One would think lack of shedding dog = less vacuuming. But alas, dog hair merely attracts more dog hair creating tumbleweeds. Crumbs attract bugs.


Two words, honey:



September 11, 2008 at 11:19 AM  

Oh, this is cute Karen.
I yearn for another boxer. I LOVE her so much. She is not too big, ya know? 50lbs. And she has Super short hair, hence no furballs and she eats up all the crumbs happily.
I must confess that I am torn with getting a second one for 2 reasons. 1) we travel a lot. She loves to travel, but we would be out of space with 2 dogs. that means we would have to leave one kid at home. ;)
2) she adores us and loves our attention. If we had another, she would give all the attention to the new dog. yes. i am a jealous woman. I need my dogs attention.
oh lord, I need a meeting. or therapy.
That is all I yearn for.
oh, and a crap load of money would be nice too. Do they have that on craigslist?

September 11, 2008 at 12:11 PM  

Oh! You definately need a new dog. Mix, large or small, young or old, you'll know when you meet it.
What do I yearn for? April! We could skip winter this year!

September 11, 2008 at 12:28 PM  

I hope you find the perfect dog.

September 11, 2008 at 1:33 PM  

my heart yearns for ...retirement. *sigh*

September 11, 2008 at 3:08 PM  

My heart yearns for another baby...even though I can never have one. I, too, have been looking for puppy.

September 11, 2008 at 3:14 PM  

My heart yearns to live closer to our families so the kids can see their grandparents whenever they want to.

Oh, and we LOVE LOVE LOVE our yellow lab puppy (she's now 10 months old). All the shedding and training is so worth it for the love and affection and licks and kisses you get from a lab :-)

September 11, 2008 at 3:42 PM  

Small dogs...well, I have two so I am an expert. Have to pee all the time, yap at the wind and mine shed like crazy.

Portable and cuddly though

September 11, 2008 at 4:56 PM  

A hermit home in the wilderness.

September 12, 2008 at 12:07 AM  

We are having similar dog "discussions" at our house. I'm losing.

September 12, 2008 at 1:28 PM  

Scrap the dog and get a cat or two or three instead.

September 14, 2008 at 9:16 PM  

Oh, puppies are so great. Good luck with hubby. Try the pound. Pound puppies (and dogs) are the neatest! They love you more than anything else in the world.

September 15, 2008 at 12:12 AM  

If someone was giving away almost "doodle" I'd take it too! I want a puppy too-- it's either that or a puppy... maybe both.

You should definitely get a dog-- asap.

My family and friends would say I'm a bad influence.

September 15, 2008 at 9:55 AM  

Can I speak properly-- apparently not.

September 15, 2008 at 9:56 AM  

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