(I found this post from almost three years ago and as our baby Maizy is no longer a sassy baby but rather a mature three year old, it seems only fitting to repost. Happy Birthday to Maizy!)
Much has changed since I last checked in. In addition to our two fabulous cats Xenia and Daisy we recently added two Guppies (Bluey and Rainbow) to our family. And since we were able to juggle that insanity even while travelling, the family decided to get a dog. It has been a long process finding the one that was right for our family. There were so many questions:
What size dog shall we get? Well, the kids wanted a small one, presumably for the cute factor and the dress up potential of said dog. Thomas was more keen on a larger dog. A Rottweiler was his first choice but that was very quickly taken care of. We will not ever be getting a Rottweiler and I do not care what great family dogs they are. So once we settled on something in between, it was time to decide on a breed.
So what mid-sized breed should we have? As I hate to clean, the idea at first was to look for something non-shedding. A poodle came to mind but only once in my life did I find a poodle I liked. Every other poodle, especially white ones, give me the heebeejeebees. Honestly. So with poodles out, the Portuguese Water Dog was on my radar, especially since dear Barack Obama has one. I visited a lovely breeder and spoke to two vet techs and decided that our family needs a dog with energy. . . but not that much energy. I have a four year old and a seven year old with plenty of energy so thanks, but no thanks, for that Portuguese Water Dog.
And then it came down to a dog that I have always loved and is loved by many – the Golden Retriever. I joke about it but there is some truth to it. We live in suburbia, the kids play soccer, I drive a mini-van and walk around too often in my lululemons . . . what dog does one get? Of course a Golden!
And finally came the question of . . . girl or boy and since I can choose we are getting a little girl. Three breeders later we found our princess at Bowbell Goldens and will be bringing her home in one week.
As a family we are excited, very excited, to be settling down enough to get a dog. The kids are more than old enough and, to be frank, I am, too (settled and old enough – FINALLY)!
UPDATE: And here is our little three year old princess, Prinzessin Maizy, aka MayMay, MooMoo, MaizyMoo and (twice so far) “Smelly Skunked Pup.”
I love our little girl.