We have added a new member to our crew! Meet, Cookie.
On March 3rd, 2016 we said goodbye to our sweet Sassy Stickle. I know in the past, I said when our IVF cycle got cancelled I had never cried so hard in my life, well I take that back. I cried for two days straight and then got a major cry headache that I had to ask my mom to come take care of the babies because Will was working and I was out of commission. She was my very first baby. She was a HUGE fluffy and perfect part of this family. If I did not have the babies, this would have landed me in therapy, and I promise you I am not being dramatic. Her absence is still majorly felt. Night time is tough because she’s not down at our feet snuggled tight for the night. I am not sure I can ever get another small dog to love that much. I just want to hold her one more time.
Enter Cookie. Without Sassy, Roux was a little lost. Not that they necessarily rolled around and played together, but Sassy was the boss lady and together they were good companions. Roux lost her leader. I don’t have as much time to step outside and throw the ball with her for hours, but I do leash her up for all the strolls with the babies. Her days at Camp Bow Wow have also come to a pause for right now. So she was a little sad and in need of a buddy. Will suggested the idea of getting another dog either medium sized or the same size as Roux to be able to play with her and get all of that energy out. We saw a cute scruffy terrier/lab puppy up for adoption at the local shelter so we decided to drive out there just to “look” When we pulled up, I spotted Cookie outside playing in one of the shelter’s yards. I pointed her out to Will, “that one is so cute!!! Let’s see if we can look at her.” I’m a sucker for a scruffy dog. She wasn’t the puppy we were there to see. Crazy enough, as we stepped into the entrance of the shelter a Gymboree family was there and in that very moment making the decision to adopt the puppy we were there to see! Looking back on it, this worked out exactly the right way. We are in no position to take on a puppy and all of the responsibilities that come with it, mainly house training. That puppy was not the right dog for us, but it was the perfect dog for that sweet family. And Cookie came home with us.
I do not think you can ask for a more low maintenance dog. She is so appreciative of being a part of our family, I can just tell. She’s a little unsure of some things, like coming inside. I don’t think she’d ever seen a TV because she was very cautious of ours for a little while. She is more comfortable spending the majority of her time outside. And we have a huge backyard for her to enjoy. She does come inside for small chunks at a time and is less restless than she was when we first brought her home. Will built a cute little picket gate across our driveway to fully close in our yard. Roux is the queen of running up and down the street like a mad woman so we fixed this little issue when the babies were born. Shortly after we got her, Will was wondering out loud the logistics of leaving the house with Cookie in the backyard and opening the gate/closing the gate to leave the house. I told him I really don’t think we will have to worry about her trying to escape. And sure enough, we don’t. She is happy to stay put in the place she belongs. Most importantly of all, Roux and her are the best of friends. They play, all day long. Roux loves her. And she loves Roux. She is such a sweet and affectionate girl. And she’s really, really cute. She can even wear her ears two different ways, down or perked up & over. I think it will take me a little longer with this one. Even though it was, and felt like, a very fast decision, I know it was right. The owner who surrendered her cited the reason being she needed a better home. And I can confidently say we can, and have, given her that and she completely deserves our love. She is our Cookie girl.
I updated the About Me section of the blog. Stop by to check it out, it was long overdue!