Friday, December 13, 2019

the story of pippi

This is mostly pulled from an email to Bre which is why it is especially rambly but it's been almost two weeks and I haven't devoted a post to our newest family member yet!

So after losing Duncan, Andrew and I decided we wanted another dog. One that was ours from the beginning and that we chose. I wanted an older dog. He wanted a puppy and would not budge. I finally caved after he made many, many promises to be the best dog dad ever, even though we both knew that my work from home schedule meant that I would have the most time with it and have to do a lot more work, considering.

So we looked all over the place and really liked several dogs with Operation Pets Alive, which pulls dogs from the Montgomery Co. Animal Shelters - often puppies or pregnant moms - and then gets dogs ready for homes, of course. We felt super strongly about adopting a rescue and really wanted a puppy smaller than Bauer (who is currently 15 lbs). Andrew preferred a dog that would get to 30-40 lbs, but for me, the smaller, the better.

So the Saturday before Thanksgiving, Andrew was in Austin, but I decided to take a drive to all four adoption events that rescue had that day. I saw some dogs that were cute, but I didn't want to make a decision on my own without him getting to meet it since this was going to be our family member for the next decade or more. Then the two I liked most were adopted. Sad for me. So we got back on the website and there was a litter of four cute puppies and nothing was known about them but they were small and adorable. We put in an application for one because she seemed like the smallest, but she had already been adopted. I put in our email that we were interested in any from the litter and then I stalked the website every day to see if the other three pups were still listed (and therefore, eligible for adoption). There was lots of waiting and follow up (it was Thanksgiving week and our application was somehow "lost" so I'm glad I did!) and when I was finally able to talk to their foster mom, I told her we wanted Pippi (FKA Freckle Nose) as our first choice but were still pretty open to the others. Andrew especially liked the only boy puppy. The foster mom told us she would be at an adoption event on Saturday and we should come meet her and the whole litter. So we planned to do so.

I was so ready to have a dog. We went out on Black Friday and got all the things we thought we would need or want for a puppy to bring home the next day. There were good sales and I like to be prepared!

We got to the event before the time we were asked to arrive and there were tons of people around the crate with that litter. The boy dog was already out of the crate and snuggling someone else, and then he peed on them and I was able to quickly say "nope, not the one for us." We took Pippi out of her crate and snuggled her and she was very cozy and licked Andrew's nose and was a good size and just overall, very puppy cute. I introduced myself to the foster mom and she told us and some others that there were a lot of applications for that litter and after that day and seeing who came and reviewing when applications came in, she would determine who could get each dog. And i was SO sad. I was ready to go home with a dog that day and I wanted to used car salesman her and be like, "what do we have to do to bring this puppy home today?" She just felt like she should be ours.

I was really bummed so I put her back in her crate and since there were a ton of people around talking to the foster mom and wanting to check out "our" pup, I told Andrew we should go inside the mall (the adoption was right outside) and run a few errands and maybe when we came out, we could chat with the foster mom some more. About 15 minutes later, the foster mom texted me saying she had wanted to chat with me more and I immediately texted back that we were still there, just running an errand inside, and could be right back. So we came back out and she said "You are first on the list for her, she is yours today if you want her!" So yes duh, we did. We had a long list of girl names in case we took the other girl in her litter, a few boy names in case we took the one Andrew wanted, and I had said from the beginning that if we took Freckle Nose, her name had to be Pippi and Andrew agreed, so that was easy enough.

Pippi and her siblings were found - no idea about the parents. They were bottle fed and had hookworm and all kinds of crazy ailments and she almost died. The tip of her tail fell off! But you wouldn't know it now, other than her size! She was 8.5 weeks and 5.5 lbs when we got her and we are guessing her birthday to be around October 1st.

I have no idea how to have a puppy. The first two nights, she cried in her pen next to our bed, but she is doing a lot better now. I was also waking up at 2am to take her out to the bathroom but that is no longer really necessary (yay!). We are working on house training (not TOO bad, honestly. most of her accidents are our fault). However, since I am always home, she does NOT like to be left alone. She will climb out of her puppy pen and chew cords (RIP Apple Watch charger) and make messes, so I am working to get her more comfortable there and leaving her in her pen, even if I'm home. She likes to chew which i know is a puppy thing and has a bit of a witching hour from 8pm - 10pm where she wants to nip, bark, growl, and act more aggressive than usual. Bauer can barely stand be in the same room as her unless he chooses to do so, and then he stares at her to rile her up. I miss him because he won't snuggle with us. I did have a bit of a meltdown over the weekend because between Christmas prep and having a puppy, my brain was just... tired. If I wasn't taking care of the dog, I was researching what to do to stop a certain behavior or reading about training or food and if I wasn't doing THAT, I was stressing about Christmas. It is hard and if it's 1/100th of what having a baby is like... man moms, y'all are fantastic. Pip is a total lap dog and more often than not, lays in my lap when I get down to play with her. She eats all things fuzzy and enjoys acorn tops and rocks as well as her numerous chew toys. She has learned to sit really, really well, so now we have to master some new tricks. It has been a tiring two weeks, I can't believe how much she has grown, and I still need to read all the training books but I'm excited to have her in the family!

(And yes, she has taken over my instagram account if you need more puppies in your life!)


  1. Puppies are a lot and add to everything, including holidays!

    She is adorable. Bruce was rarely alone and I wish we had done more about that in his first year because now he still hates being alone and that is a buzzkill when he acts out because of that. That's one of the reasons we got him Bender, and that has been great.

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