Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Homeschool Memoirs - four legged friends

People looking for a warm-fuzzy came to the wrong place today. The story about our dog entering our home has no basis in my love for animals, but my extreme love for my husband and children. I have never particularly liked animals. Maybe a cute picture here or there, but not the actual, physical animal. Every couple years a trip to the zoo more than filled my animal interests.

Well, as our kids grew and we realized that a pet would be the next natural step, I actually found myself wanting my kids to have a dog.

Now, I think enough of her to actually have given her a reward when that memoir topic came around. And, I appreciate that she will eat any crumb of my food she can get her tongue on without a single complaint. She will devour it greedily. Makes a cook proud! Okay, and she is beautiful, even I admit that.

All in all, she has accomplished everything I hoped from a pet. My kids participate in taking care of her, they have one more warm body around for playing with, one that won't argue, and they are all comfortable around animals now. And the crate gives us a great place to keep the kids. (just kidding!!!)

If I had it to do over again, would we have gotten a puppy? I won't answer that, the jury is still deliberating.


SmallWorld at Home said...

You know, I am with you on that. I'm not a huge pet person, but I am happy to have them because they enrich the lives of our kids so much!

Sprittibee said...

HA! That photo of the kids in the cage is a riot!!!

5intow said...

There are a lot of things I do because I have kids, not because i enjoy it personally. I do enjoy watching my kids enjoy things though.

Yeah, the cage, I think it was as exciting as the puppy for a while.


Kris said...

Oh, she *is* beautiful. And, that picture of the kids in the crate is hilarious! Love it!

Psst, I bet you'll like her a lot more once she grows out of the puppy stage. We're all animal lovers here, but my husband did *not* like our latest edition AT ALL. Now that Peanut has outgrown the puppy stage, though, he's even managed to win over Dad, for the most part.

5intow said...

Kris, you're right, I do enjoy her more than I ever thought I would. I don't dislike having her around although I dislike things that come along with her (hair, vet bills, slobbered on windows, etc.) I do like that she gets me out walking and running more than I would otherwise. She is really a great dog.

If we could just keep her from jumping all over our visitors and sneaking crumbs off the table I'd be even happier.

Thanks for the encouragement everyone! Sometimes laughing through the craziness makes it more enjoyable.


Jennifer said...

I have to say that I am more of a pet person in theory than in real life also - you are not alone.

Looking at the pic of the puppy makes me want to have one :) What a cutie!

You're right though - a LOT of work!!

Love the pic of the kids in the crate. I could use that at bedtime :)

Megan said...

I love your photos.