Thursday, December 31, 2009

Sadie, Sadie, Pooping Lady

Sadie has arrived….she’s actually been here for a while, but with the holidays and all who has time to blog? (I also toy with the idea of blogging b/c do I really want to write about my life and happenings…does anyone really care…I do like the old school way of journaling…I love journals…I am babbling).
When we first picked Sadie up at the airport, I was so nervous! We waited for her arrival in the Baggage Claim office for Continental. When the steward brought her kennel to us, I didn’t really know what to do. I opened the door to the kennel, but she didn’t want to come out. She was so beautiful! I couldn’t believe she was mine!!! She was also rather larger than I thought she would be for a 9 week old puppy. We didn’t push her to come out of the kennel, so when we got to the car I took her out and laid her on my lap. Sadie was so soft and so calm…it was love at first lick
Once home, I took her out and she peed on the grass. I couldn’t believe how smart she is!! The breeder warned me that she may not eat or drink for a bit, and not to really worry. Sadie drank water right away and ate shortly afterwards. She laid with me and was so chill…my own puppy – and a girl puppy at that – my daughter!!

OK – fast forward 3 weeks…Sadie is doing well. We took her to the vet and she got a clean bill of health, along with a microchip and some cute holiday pictures. She gained 1 1/2 pounds in the first week and I cannot wait to see how much she has gained since then. She is getting bigger and fluffier everyday. At 13 weeks she is the typical puppy – running, playing, mouthing, nipping and peeing and pooping. Did I mention peeing and pooping?

Yeah, she pees outside and poops outside and then likes to follow that with doing the same inside. I seriously have to nip that in the butt…literally. She has her hyper moments when she thinks everything is a chew toy and thinks Gabriel is her “pal” because when standing up they are the same height. The boys like to walk her, which translates to me walking her and then letting the boys back into the house so Sadie can pay attention to the true matters at hand.

Sadie is calm, calmer than most puppies. Her one green eye makes her even more beautiful. She loves to play outside in the backyard and I truly see a happy, long life with my Sadie Lady (as my sons would say).

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Sadie Bubbila

It is getting “realer” and “realer”…Sadie flies into sunny Florida on Thursday…2 days and counting…I can’t believe it. I have mixed feelings. I am so excited – I have never had a puppy before and can’t wait to cuddle and love her. I also have never had a puppy before – I don’t know what I am getting myself into.

This all started when my husband was adamant about not wanting a third child. I want a girl – I am completely outnumbered in my household…two-legged and four-legged creatures included. I tested the water and told him that if we cannot try for a girl then I want a dog! He responded positively to a dog (a bit quicker than I believe his mind could register what he was actually agreeing to!!). The search for the perfect baby girl started at this point…

I researched standard poodles first. I grew up with my grandparents having standard poodles – Blaise, Shana Madel and Shane. They were my furry best friends. When I was little, every Sunday morning we would sit in the kitchen in Commack and call my grandparents in Florida. I would pass the time waiting my turn to talk to them by reading the Daily News comics. Once I got on the phone I would speak to Grandma and Grandpa and then Blaise would get on the phone and we would have a great conversation. I did mention that I was little, right? AND I never connected the fact that Blaise only spoke to me on the phone and not when I was in Florida visiting him. LOLOLOL

OK – back to the search – so I met with one breeder and spoke with many others. I was so ready to get a black standard poodle and Rich was so against it…he said any other dog but a poodle…so annoying. I started to then look for a rescue dog and found a labradoodle through the United Yorkie Rescue League. Jabulie was her name (I still cannot correctly pronounce it…) and she was black with a little white poof under her mouth and on her belly. I immediately fell in love and stalked the foundation…I wanted that dog!!! They contacted me, telling me that my application was pending and to confirm my interest. I didn’t know I could type that fast on my little Blackberry. Long story short – they adopted her out to someone else with my hopes shattered.

The morning I received the “Sorry” email, I immediately went online and bought myself a dog from a breeder – knowing it would have been “ideal” to adopt a puppy and give it a loving home. This puppy, currently named Tara, will not be sold out from under me….

I don’t know what I am getting myself into and I am a tad nervous (don’t tell my husband…) but I am so excited at the same time…I have to remember to take my anxiety meds before picking her up at Palm Beach International LOLOLOL

Monday, December 7, 2009

Tired, Oh So Tired!

I am at work with 23 minutes to go…yes,I am counting. This weekend was a great one – great family time, celebrating the holidays. I am so tired!! We went to Orlando to the Mickey’s Merry Christmas Party. It truly was a blast! I loved everything from the warm feeling surrounding me, the “snow” that fell on Main Street, the 5-10 minute wait in line for the rides, the fireworks, all the way to the parade. I felt like a little girl again watching the Disney characters dance and sing in front of me. My most favorite part was the toy soldiers…just watching them march in synchronization, the sound of their “boots” on the pavement, the innocence and childhood love they represent.

Saturday we went to the Ice exhibit at the Gaylord Palms convention center and I feel that was a total mistake…with a capital “M”. First off, we waited on line for over an hour with two very anxious little boys that just got out of the car from a 2 1/2 hour ride from Lake Worth to Orlando. After waiting forever, we finally were invited into the exhibit, and were handed previously-worn parkas that totally grossed me out at first, but then became my savior a few minutes after entering the world of ice. I thought the idea for the exhibit was cool (literally) but the boys totally hated it. My oldest boy was curled up in the stroller trying to keep warm, not even flinching that there was a HUGE carousel of ice in front of him. The little one whined the whole time, was totally freezing, but refused to wear the hood to the parka. Go figure…

So back to the fact that I am totally exhausted and have only 14 minutes left until I can clock out and go home to piles of laundry, mounds of boxes to wrap for the holidays and hopefully chinese food. We drove home this morning, got home about 12:45 and I changed to get into work as soon as I could. Wait until Thursday night when I get a puppy and see if I am tired then….hahahha