Tuesday, November 6, 2012


We were THISCLOSE to getting a dog this weekend! We have been looking since the marathon ended and a Newfoundland Pointer mix was on the humane society website without a picture, but from reading the description I was sold. I wanted this dog more than anything. I grew up with a Great Pyrenees so I adore big dogs and rescuing a Newfie sounded great to me. I researched the breed (and Pointer breed) all Saturday night. I made Garth go after church with me to meet this dog. His name was Moose and when I told Garth he was already 70 pounds at 5 months Garth was shocked. To which I replied, “His name is Moose, what do you expect?” I thought for sure he was our dog and that I would be heartbroken if someone else took him. We got to the Humane Society and Moose was with another family already. Noooooooo! As we were browsing the other dogs the family came out with Moose and told us they were not getting him because they already had two dogs and Moose’s dad was a pure bred Newfoundland and 160 pounds. He was too big for them. We went in a room with him, but I was disappointed because he looked nothing like his Newfoundland father. He was all Pointer. It made me nervous because he was super hyper and active with none of the Newfoundland characteristics. Our house could not handle a 160 pound, active dog like that. And showing signs of being a Pointer I knew he would need a fenced yard and we did not have that. I knew this wasn’t the dog for us and I know I broke Garth’s heart leaving there.

I didn’t expect to freak out and not be ready for a dog. I didn’t expect Garth TO be ready for a dog and fall so in love with this one so quickly. I didn’t expect to feel so broken hearted leaving the Humane Society with a good home and no dog to enjoy it with.

Please don’t leave me hate comments. We do still plan to rescue a dog at some point. It is just not now. We’re not ready and he wasn’t the dog for us. I truly wish he was, but he deserves a much bigger yard that is fenced and can keep him safe. I think I’m more certain than ever we need to stick to our Golden Retriever plan like we originally thought. After lots of research on breeds, it does seem like the best breed for us.

I’m still on the Bible in a Year Plan and I’m midway through John right now. I really dig John. It may be my favorite book so far!

I’ve been planning our menu for Thanksgiving and it has been such a blast. I really hope I stay on this path of organization and preparation so I don’t stress out the week before. Or the day before. Or the night before. I really want to enjoy the day and take it all in and not be so caught up in everything and stressing about something stupid and miss out on the fun and true meaning of the day.

Remember that Chinese restaurant Garth and I found and loved last week? We ate there twice this weekend. Don’t judge.

I’m back to cooking again. Tuna melts tonight, Mexican Bowls yesterday, and Minestrone soup (from a can) on Wednesday. Hah! You think I have slow cooker meals all the time, I wish. Some nights we eat soup from a can.

I'm not a political person. I don't get passionate about politics. But I do not take for granted the fact that I can vote. That I have a voice. I take that seriously. Some countries don't have that option. Women in America didn't even have the option until 1920. All that to say, I don't take it lightly. I cram the night before and learn all the proposals and vote. And I encourage you to get educated and vote too.

They brought a guy in for questioning regarding the i-96 shootings and I really hope they caught him. He has been too quiet lately and it makes me nervous. I just want them to catch him.

I can't believe how cold it is outside. Two weeks ago it was in the 70s. Last week it was in the 50s. This morning my car read 24 degrees. Brrrr! Our house is cold. We are cheap and never turn the heat up past 65 degrees so I will be cold until about May 2013.

When Garth was training for the marathon I cleaned the entire house every Saturday morning. Now that Garth is home on Saturday mornings we go running or walking together, drink our coffee together and bum around. It's been awesome, BUT I haven't cleaned the house in a couple weeks now. Eek! That will drive a neat freak like me crazy! I think I developed a new system though. Last night I cleaned the entire second level. Vaccummed, dusted, cleaned the bathrooms. It didn't take long and by the time I was done Garth was back from his run and dinner was ready. I think that will be my new thing. Top floor Mondays. Middle floor Tuesdays. Basement every other Thursday. Perfect! I have a cleaning schedule that requires no work on the weekends.


Mrs. Newlywed Giggles said...

Sorry about the dog situation... but if it wasn't meant to be, then it just wasn't. You will find the perfect dog at the perfect time for you guys! Best of luck.

Mrs EyeCanSee said...

Don't feel too bad about Moose. He will find the perfect family. Yours just wasnt it and that's nothing to be guilty about. You'll find your dog when it's right!

Kim @ NewlyWoodwards said...

Hope you find the right dog for you better to walk away until you find the one. With that said, I'd highly recommend considering a fence regardless of breed. I don't know if its an option, but all dogs need outdoor space and its really hard to let dogs outside without one. At least that's totally my opinion. Take it or leave it. Especially with the winter upon us, having a safe area is super nice. Good luck!!! (And I hope this doesn't come across and judgey or anything. I just wanted to share my two cents.)

seanna said...

You TOTALLY did the right thing holding back on the dog if you weren't completely sure you were ready. We're in a position right now where we are having to give our dog away because our lifestyle fit having a dog when we got him, but we've moved and had a baby since then, and we just are not able to take care of him the way he deserves and it breaks my heart. So my advice to you is to be as ready as you can be and make sure that your life now, and in 5 years, 10 years, will still be conducive to having a dog.

Anne said...

hate comments?? :(

a dog is a huge 10+ years committment, and lots of money, and it is super smart to make the best decision for your family and for the future doggie!

anyway, excited to see your thanksgiving menu, to give me some ideas! :)

Adrienne said...

No hate! You did the more mature thing by holding back because you aren't ready :)

Perfectly Imperfect said...

don't feel bad about the dog. he'll find a family. plus, it would have been worse to bring the wrong dog home and be miserable. you'll find your dog :)