February 13, 2019
It’s well known that our family loves cats. We have 4 cat babies and they are absolutely loved members of our family! But really, we aren’t just cat people, we’re animal people. Scott and I have long debated adding a dog to our family but we wanted to make sure we (and our kids) were ready for the extra challenge a dog can bring. We take pet ownership seriously and we put a lot of time, effort, and thought into bringing a dog into our home. Recently, we finally decided we were ready. Then the real challenge began, finding the perfect dog.
Scott and I are firm believers in adopting vs buying pets. All 4 of our cats were rescued in some way, either from shelters or they were strays who needed a home. So, we started our hunt for a dog who we could adopt and who also would fit in perfectly with our family, which wasn’t necessarily easy. We knew we needed to find a dog who would get along with a house full of cats, and children. We also wanted a slightly older dog. It has been a long time since Scott or I have owned a dog and we didn’t think we were quite up for the challenge of raising a puppy. We searched through several rescue agencies online and saw soooo many cute pups, but very few met the requirements we were looking for.
Finally, we found Pippa. Pippa was rescued through MO Wiggle Butts, a rescue agency in Mid-MO that takes in dogs from shelters and pounds as well as owner surrenders. They then work to get the dogs healthy and ready for adoption through a network of volunteers and foster families. Basically, they’re amazing! Scott made plans to visit Pippa at her foster home and knew right away she was the dog we had been looking for!
Pippa officially became a member of our family yesterday and we have had so much fun getting to know her. While everyone is still warming up to each other, a few important things about Pippa we have learned:
- She loves her squeaky hedgehog toy Scott bought her more than life itself
- She loves cats but cats do not love her back (yet)
- She is a very good girl
- She loves to sleep in the bed. Yes, right in the middle of the bed between us
We can’t wait to take her out with us when we go walking, but she needs to work on a few leash manners first before we try going out into the neighborhood. Pippa forgets she is a 90 lb dog, so when she pulls on her leash, she REALLY pulls. Once we show her how to walk nicely with us we plan on introducing her to the area and we’re excited to have a new walking buddy! We’ll be posting more about Pippa as we get to know her for those of you who like to follow along with what we’re up to.
We’d also like to say thank you to Pippa’s wonderful foster parents. Thank you so much for taking care of our sweet girl for us!