2018: Chapter Three

⚠ Warning: long post ahead! ⚠

Well, what can I say? March was one hell of a month! 😮

Hubs and I got our taxes done and renewed our wood-cutting permit. It wasn’t long before the tax returns arrived, and disappeared; we’d been needing so many things, and we knew the returns would help us get them! From Home Depot, we bought our new washing machine, a water conditioner (well water is wicked hard), and a new grill; from Tuft & Needle, an amazing new mattress; and from Walmart, a lovely futon set for me. Everything came in quickly, and each item is amazing! Getting them all was more than long overdue, and we’re all so grateful that taxes made it happen. It also didn’t take long for my Men and I to get out in the forest and gather wood, once we purchased the permit. In one day, we got two truckfuls cut up, loaded, and added to the pile at home, in only a few short hours! It was awesome. I’d had a rough night before we headed out, but even that couldn’t stop me; I found and dragged some pretty big pieces to the truck (and acquired a bunch of scrapes and scratches along the way), and worked my butt off at home, too. The Kiddo helped a ton, as usual, which is always nice. Between the three of us, we get a lot done. Hubs and I also chopped wood here at home one day, while BatKid helped keep the Puppers away by playing with him nearby. He did help us stack the wood after, as well. He’s the greatest. 😍

Aside from work outside, we’ve been enjoying the outdoors a lot, especially because we know it’s going to be hotter than hell before we know it. We do a lot of playing, walking, and sitting on the deck; it’s beyond wonderful to live where we do, and we are so blessed to have so much land to explore. The Puppers is enjoying all the outside time, too, and looks forward to it each day. He and the Kiddo are outside together a lot, and that’s one of my gazillion favorite things in the world to see. They have a blast together, and can be loud and crazy without any neighbors to complain!

I went outside my comfort zone, and made a foofy (as my Son called it) DIY home decor thing; you can read all about it here. I’m quite proud of it, and my Men like it, so it was a success! 😉 I’m usually early when it comes to ordering BatKid’s Halloween costume each year (I’m talking July, people), but I ordered it already! I just happened to visit Spirit’s website one day, and saw they had only one of the costume Bug wanted, that was in His size. Now, in these situations, I’ve taken chances before, but it was usually closer to the holiday; I’ve learned the hard way that you just can’t take chances with things like that, lol. So, while we could, I snagged that costume, plus the accessories, immediately. It arrived pretty quickly, and HOLY SNAP, it’s rad as hell. 🤘 I also finally ordered some more lamps for the house, which we purchased at Walmart.com (here and here). Now all of our lamps are matchy-match, which is so nice, since we’d never been able to do that in the past, no matter where we were living. All the lighting in our home is finally complete – since it’s one of those weird houses that has no ceiling lights in the living rooms or bedrooms, rofl.

While leaving the grocery store one morning, I’d hopped on the cart and rode it in the parking lot. When I came back down, I landed wrong, rolled my ankle, and really hurt myself. My ankle swelled up to about the size of an egg! 😣 It was gnarly, lol. Thankfully, I was already scheduled to see my doctor for another follow-up on my med, so at my appointment the following day, she inspected my injury, discovered it wasn’t severe (I was lucky, which I realized after I’d climbed a tree that morning! ha), and told me how to take care of it. We also covered a few other things during the appointment, so it was a busy day, medically speaking. I’m a mess, y’all. 😕

My Son had His usual dental checkup, with excellent reports on His teeth (no cavities, as usual)! He almost wasn’t seen, as the person who’d scheduled His appointment the last time He went, messed it up. Apparently, the appointments have to be scheduled a day after the six month mark, or insurance won’t cover it (I know, wtf?), so the receptionist had to call the insurance company to see if they’d let it slide. Thankfully, they did, and we were out of there before we knew it! 😆 We stopped at Taco Bell for lunch afterwards, since we no longer have one in our town; while we were eating in the parking lot, this adorable couple walked by. One of them spotted my Batman vanity plate, and proceeded to give me a thumbs up and show off their Batman slippers and clothes, lol. It was too cute. It always makes me happy when others appreciate and share my love for Batman; he is the best superhero there is, after all. 😏 The Kiddo also had an appointment with our doctor, for pain in one of His knees. It turns out, Hubs’ genes are even stronger than we thought, as the same problem he had when he was younger, is what our poor Baby is going through now. Thankfully, it can be corrected with physical therapy, and according to Doc, we just happen to have an amazing physical therapist in town. I’m just relieved it isn’t something more serious, and grateful for Hubs coming along so he could tell Doc what he’d gone through. I know I’d have screwed it up if I tried to give her his history with knee issues, lol.

There were a few awful things that happened last month. First, I got the horrible news that our sweet post office lady had passed away after a bad stroke. Bug and I cried so hard; we loved her and were devastated! She’s already missed so much. 😢 Second, it was the year anniversary of my first fiance’s murder; he was stabbed to death at a gas station not far from his home, and left behind his girlfriend and their young daughter. It was hard to deal with when it happened, even though we were obviously long over with and hadn’t spoken in years. I’m not sorry for that, either; I care about others, no matter what they’ve done or what happened between us. It’s just who I am. 😌 Last, my Batmobile is wrecked. I was off on my usual Saturday morning outing (post office and errands), and was only about ten minutes from home, when a deer decided to play chicken with me. I saw it come out into the road and stop, and as I was slowing down, it jumped right in front of me. I hit it, and because I wasn’t driving at a high speed, it was badly injured and suffering. I was hysterically crying as I pulled over, knowing the poor thing was hurt and I’d caused it. I called Hubs right away, since he was home with our Son, and told him to come to such-and-such road, that I’d hit a deer and it was still alive. He was the first person I thought to call in my panicked state, and since I’d never been in an accident alone before, I didn’t think about calling 9-1-1…just Hubs. Thankfully, he brought me to my senses when he’d called back shortly after, to make sure I was ok, ask about the damage to the car, and to tell me to call the police. I did so, and some idiot drove up while I was talking to the dispatcher. He kept trying to talk to me, clearly seeing I was on the phone, and wasn’t at all concerned about me; he just kept saying something about the deer jumping out in front of me, and asking if I wanted him to finish it off for me. I waved him off, while hissing, “My husband’s on the way!” – all while trying to listen to what the dispatcher was saying. He finally drove off, and I hung up with 9-1-1 soon after. I called my husband again, to see where he was at, and he told me he was about halfway there. We hung up, and I waited for him to arrive, all while checking on the poor deer to make sure that, if he did get up, I could tell Hubs where he went. It was heart-wrenching to see him trying to move and tend to his wounds, and I couldn’t handle it one bit. 😭 Finally, Hubs drove up. He immediately came to me to check on and hug me, then looked at the car and told me to call the insurance company. Little did I know, he had me do that for two reasons – one, because it needed to be done, and two, to distract me while he put the poor buck out of his misery. I did happen to look up when he did so, but it hurt less to see that, than knowing the creature was suffering, of course. A sheriff’s deputy finally showed up, after having been given the wrong directions by the dispatcher, and he handled everything he needed to handle. He also moved the now dead deer out of the road; as he did so, one of its antlers broke off, an he gave it to me as a souvenir. I took it, but good grief, that was weird for me. 🙃 We ended up waiting there with him for an eternity, as the dispatcher had also given the wrong directions to the tow company’s dispatcher. The poor driver was sent all over the place before he finally arrived! It was a mess. 😦 The deputy left, we got my car towed home (holy shit, towing isn’t cheap!), and began the wait for the insurance process to begin. I was miserable by the time we got home, as I felt so guilty for not only causing harm, and the eventual death, to an animal, but for wrecking the newest and nicest vehicle we own, and causing financial burden. We’ve had enough financial crap to deal with since we bought our house; this was just the shitty icing on top of that even shittier cake. 😡 As of the following Wednesday, the Batmobile is at the shop, the insurance is doing its thing, and I haven’t left the house without Hubs since that awful morning. I just can’t wait to have my car back and fixed, and for this whole thing to be over. I also cannot explain how glad I am that my Son wasn’t with me that morning – not only for His safety (which is #1, obvi), but because He’s even worse than I am emotionally, when it comes to animals being harmed or killed. 😯

Back to better things…

One of our favorite holidays happened! That’s right – St. Patrick’s Day is our second favorite holiday, after Halloween, of course. This year, Hubs worked, but we all wore our green. I’d found some fun green flair at the store, not long before St. Patrick’s arrived, and BatKid still has a few shirts from St. Patrick’s Days past, that still fit him. We didn’t get our dinner ingredients bought in time, unfortunately, so Corned Beef and Cabbage was out (yes, we know it’s not an Irish thing, but that’s our tradition), but Bug and I picked up Subway in town, and Hubs got the same where he works. It was still a good day, despite the lack of most of our traditions, but we planned for Corned Beef and Cabbage at a later date. Speaking of cabbage, Hubs found some amazing Hillshire Farm recipes online, and printed out several for us to try. One was made with sauerkraut, which we all love, and boy, was it delicious! I’ve decided to cook a new one each week, which will give us a fun night of trying something new. It’s been awhile since I’ve made any new recipes that weren’t my own, because they all turned out horrible…but I have high hopes for the rest, after having this one.

After our Son’s knee appointment, we went grocery shopping as a Family. Unfortunately, it was in the late afternoon, so the place was packed (the main reason I go early in the morning), and it was a headache to deal with all the people. Hubs “went to the bathroom” (read: shopped for Easter goodies for BatKid), and when He rejoined us later, the Kiddo was baffled at how long Dad was “in there,” lmao. Anyway, Hubs showed me what he’d picked out after BatKid was asleep that night, and let me just say, he knows our Boy so well. It makes me so happy. 😊

BatKid watched Stranger Things and Beyond Stranger Things, plus the trailer for the third season! Well, we all watched them together, but it was His first time (and the first time for all of us, for the trailer). He loved the show so much, and I couldn’t be more pleased. I told him to look away at one particular part in the second season, but that’s because I can’t watch that part, and, as mentioned above, He’s me, magnified, when it comes to seeing animals hurt or killed. We all finally watched The LEGO Ninjago Movie, as well as The BFG, and we enjoyed both very much. I got Hubs into The Vampire Diaries, and he’s hooked! I’d be lying if I said I hated how much he loves the show; after all, I’m watching the series for the third time now, because he does. ha. He also got into the show Shooter, after we’d watched a movie called Wind River. I’d tried to watch Shooter with him that night, but fell asleep (it was pretty late, lol); meanwhile, he stayed up and binge-watched half of the season! He now uses the term “binge-watch,” which is so weird. 😂 Wind River is a good movie, but rough in some parts – *trigger warning* the roughest being a rape scene. I won’t be watching the movie again, because of that scene…even though Hubs muted it and left the room, and I looked away, until it was over. I just don’t handle that type of scene well, and I probably still woudn’t even if my past was different. Anywho, I’ve officially created a Netflix and Hulu monster…well, two, actually, as BatKid has requested we watch a few things, as well. He and I got into Adventure Time, and love it so much! He also loves that I can impersonate Lady Rainicorn’s old man voice from the translator episode, lmao. I finally watched Scream Queens, and I’m confused as to why that show ended. It was ridiculous, in a good way! ha. We bought and watched Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle (hilarious!), Pitch Perfect 3 (I haven’t watched it yet, as I’m waiting for when I have the time to have a marathon), and the new Star Wars (we haven’t had the chance to watch it yet, but hopefully soon). Also, if you haven’t seen Santa Clarita Diet on Netflix, do so ASAP. Drew Barrymore is amazing, and the show is highly entertaining. 😆

The Kikis still don’t appreciate having a dog around the house, and the Puppers is still trying to convince them that they love him. lol. He tries to play with them so much, and is so sweet to them, but they still aren’t having it. It’s sad, dang it! I just want to be able to see them all snuggle and play, ya know? I have to keep reminding myself that it takes time, and it’s only been about three and a half months since we adopted him. I keep encouraging and praising them all when they are polite to each other, in hopes they get the message. I don’t know it it will work, or if it even helps, but I’m trying, nonetheless. I also try to show the Kikis that the Puppers isn’t so bad…but for the most part, I’m just letting them all be, and letting them learn, while keeping as positive as possible that the Kikis will fully accept him one day. 🙄 Hubs and I did learn that the Puppers is wicked protective of me! We can’t even wrestle around or play fight in front of him, as he will freak out and think Hubs is trying to hurt me. I have no idea what his life was like prior to becoming a stray, but man, he will not have any of it. He’s also incredibly protective of BatKid, and our property! Unless he sees the person with us (like UPS and FedEx drivers, and the tow truck driver), anyone who comes to our house, or even drives or walks past it, gets to hear ferocious barking and growling, lol. He’s the sweetest dog ever to his Family (Cats included), but anyone else sees and/or hears a big ol’ meanie! Having a protective dog is a great thing, of course, but getting him to calm down is a struggle, lol. He even hates when deer are on our property or across the road, and growls at squirrels he sees by our fish pond! Silly mutt.

I’ve been tired way more than usual lately. For awhile there, I’d been napping in the morning, after getting woken up early as hell by the Puppers. See, when I sleep in the living room, he wakes me up when it’s still dark. When I sleep in the bedroom, he lets the Princess wake me up – and she wakes me up with her “I love you” meows between an hour and two hours later than the Puppers. lol. People always assume Motherhood is the cause of my lack of sleep, so I have to correct them – it’s my critters that keep me up and/or wake me up early, not my Son. Even when He was a Baby, I wasn’t this tired! lol. The Puppers hates when I nap, and likes to jump on me, stick his nose under my blanket and in my face, or sit next to me and stare, until I wake up. The Kiddo, however, is as quiet as possible, behaves so well, and lets me sleep until I wake up (unless He has no choice but wake me up, which is rare). Even the Cats were my alarms before the Puppers joined the Family! They’re all such needy little critters. lmao. Either way, though, I’m tired. I don’t sleep well at all. I wake up all night, my bedtimes vary greatly, and it’s just miserable. I was hoping my med might help, but no matter when I’ve taken it, it’s no different. However, I keep on keeping on, and still do what I need to do for myself and my Family. Luckily, it comes easily. Daylight Savings made the fatigue even worse, though, so there’s that. 😒

I’ve still hardly knitted, but I can already see a difference in my focus since the med increase…so there has been some improvement in that area so far. I’m hoping to be done with my WIP before summer, lmao. Seriously, though, I really want to finish it and begin other projects I need and want to make. I miss knitting and crocheting, dammit! 😖

Well, I’ve written a novel and a half, so I’ll end this post here. I’ll be posting again soon, about how much I failed at not buying yarn and other stuffs, while I was not as medicated as I needed to be. There’s a lot to see, and yes, I am ashamed. 🙈

Until next time…

💋

2018: Chapter Two

So, we totally skipped February, right?

It went by in a blur, but it was a good month! We took care of the vehicle stuff I’d mentioned in my previous post, and all has been well since (*knocks on wood*). My Gram had surgery; it went very well, and my uncle kept me updated with everything, which was much appreciated. I got a darling little bucket with the word “Blessed” on it, and planned to do something artsy with it (I’ll be talking about that in my next post). I had a couple of marathon phone chats with my Momma, both of which were much needed for various reasons. BatKid started writing and illustrating His own original comic ideas for Captain Underpants, and it will apparently have lots of different volumes! We spent a lot of time outside when it was nice (most of the month), and had to bury a dead deer we found on our property (ick). It did snow a couple of times later in the month, which was so exciting for my Son – but it didn’t last long, as usual. Lots of happy mail came in throughout the month, too…but that’s for another post. 😜 We had a few days of decent rain, one of which was spent watching the Kiddo jump in puddles while getting my tire fixed (He loves the rain!) and seeing Him get spoiled by a lady in the waiting room (she’d overheard our conversation about me not having any quarters for a bouncy ball from the machine, and kindly offered Him one). ❤ My husband got a bonus at work, so he was able to splurge on himself with it! We also got a new dryer, since our old one had been slowly dying for awhile before finally ceasing to warm up; it’s wicked nice, but way more fancy than what I’m used to, lol. I binge-watched the entire two seasons of the Netflix show, “One Day At A Time,” and loved the snot out of it. BatKid had His yearly eye exam; His vision didn’t change much, but we still got Him the new prescription and glasses (they look so snazzy). 😏 Our woodstove started acting funny during use, and we figured out why: our chimney was way dirtier than we thought it’d be after such a short time! It’s all better now, after Hubs worked hard on getting it all cleaned up, which he did on a day he’d stayed home from work. One of the snow days was the day after, so it was excellent timing on his part! The Kiddo and Puppers enjoyed playing together in the snow, despite how little we got, and how quickly it’d melted. Hubs and I finally watched the movie, Doctor Strange, and HOLY SNAP IT’S AWESOME. 🤘

The Puppers has been crazy as hell lately. He crossed into two of our neighbors’ yards when I was out walking him around our property one day. I wasn’t pleased, lol. He’s also rammed full force into my chest with his face, which hurt my sternum and most likely didn’t feel that great on his nose, ha. Another day, he punched me in the face and my upper lip was swollen a bit, lol. He’s just so rowdy! 😁 For unknown reasons, he puked one very early morning, and I woke up to those horrid sounds. I guess he’d eaten something outside that didn’t sit well or something, and it was out of his system after that. The Puppers barks like mad every time Hubs comes home from work, but I can’t blame him too much, as it’s quite alarming to have someone entering your house in the middle of the night, lol. He also goes crazy when anyone comes to our house, though he’s gotten used to the people who bring packages (though still barks), and even whined when one walked away from the door. It was too cute! 😄 He’s really been pushing the cats’ buttons, though. He just wants to be friendly and play with them, but they all still let him know that getting too close, is not ok. It’s only been almost three months since he joined our Family, but I do hope they like him sooner rather than later. 😕 The Puppers is a fantastic snuggler; I’ve fallen asleep holding him a few times, and slept super well each time, lol. It’s like having a super warm body pillow, only that body pillow squirms and kicks me a lot when it’s awake. ha! The Kiddo and the Puppers play a lot, inside and outside, and go on adventures together on our land. It makes my heart melt to see them play and have fun together, and how much they respect each other. 😍

Hubs’ birthday was the twenty-first, the day after he’d come back from being away for work; BatKid and I did our best to make it as special as possible, and were quite successful! ☺ The Kiddo made Dad his favorite cake (carrot cake), and we decorated it together. It was delicious, and Hubs really appreciated and loved it. This is his last year of his thirties, so we wanted to make it even more festive than usual. BatKid and Hubs played a video game together earlier in the day, and we got Chinese for dinner (Hubs’ pick)! It was a really great day for us all. 😃

I haven’t knitted much, unfortunately. I’ve mentioned before that I take a medication that treats my anxiety and depression; well, it hasn’t been working as well, so I’m pretty sure an increase is needed. I’ve noticed some mild signs of what I dealt with before I began taking the med, and they’re not pleasant. I had been feeling so good for awhile, so it was even more obvious when those signs returned, no matter how mild they are. I’ll be seeing my doctor tomorrow, so I’m going to address it with her then. I’ve also been dealing with some crazy side effects, but they’re not bad enough to change meds, thankfully. I’ve been down worse roads in that aspect, with past medications – which is a big reason why I was so against taking pills for my mental illnesses for so long. Hopefully an increase helps, so I can get back to enjoying my hobbies and feel my best again. Unfortunately, Hubs’ birthday gift is still in progress because of my lack of interest, for which I feel like shit…but he understands completely, like the wonderful man he is. 🙄

Hopefully March doesn’t fly by, but either way, I’m looking forward to seeing what this month has in store for me and mine.

Until next time…

💋

Puppers!

We have three cats. Kiki P and Kiki T are almost six years old, and we adopted them when they were six week old kittens. They are brothers from the same litter (not to mention the only black cats of that litter), and I couldn’t imagine leaving one of them behind the day we found them. Kiki N is almost four, and was also a very young kitten when we adopted her. She was all alone, had already had a hard life, and my husband became attached to her instantly. All three of our cats came from the humane society in our town, as we are firm believers in the whole “adopt, don’t shop” philosophy.

For the past few months, I’ve been having what I call, Doggy Fever. You know, like baby fever, only with dogs. By the time it was nearly mid-December, I began actively looking for a dog – preferably not a puppy – to adopt, who was the right fit for our Family. Obviously, we needed a dog that was good with kids and cats, which isn’t always easy to find. I found a couple of possibilities online, both of whom were just outside our town, and made contact with the shelter.

Unfortunately for us, the one dog we liked the most, had been adopted earlier that week (which was great for her, of course!), so the lady suggested two others she had available. We were interested, and headed over soon after. Both dogs were great, and we all loved them! Sadly, the one we were this close to taking home, saw one of the cats that lives at the shelter, and went absolutely ape shit – in a terrifying way. :/ We had to decline after that, but told the lady the other one was definitely in the running if we didn’t find any good fits at the humane society in town.

There are a lot of cats and dogs to adopt at our humane society. I wish I could take them all! That being said, we had a lot to choose from. We visited the Puppy Room first, where I fell in love with a little black and brown Chihuahua. He loved me, but ignored my Men – which was a total bummer. 😦 He wasn’t wicked young like most of the puppies in there, either, so I was sad to have to tell my heart “No.” We moved on to the more grown up dogs’ room; the first one I came to had a look that made me feel uneasy, so I said “Hello” and went on to the next. By the time I made my way back up that row, the dog’s attitude had done a complete 180 – he was standing up on the gate, wagging his tail, and trying to kiss my hand when I put it up for him to sniff. He was so much happier and friendlier than when he made his first impression – but I have learned that, with anyone, first impressions aren’t always the best impression. 🙂 I spent a couple of minutes with him before going to see the dogs on the other side, but I kept coming back to that same dog. He was just so sweet!

I’d asked my Men if they wanted to walk a dog, and they both said yes…so Hubs and I told BatKid to pick one. He went up and down both sides, giving it great thought, and ended up choosing the aforementioned dog. I won’t lie, I was excited about my Kiddo’s pick, lol. He had liked so many dogs, and the fact that He chose the one I kept going back to see, was awesome. I truly think my Son had gotten the same vibes I did; after all, He was too distracted by the other dogs to notice how fond Mom was of this one dog, so I know He chose without any influence whatsoever. I was so proud! 😀

Hubs was the one to open the kennel gate and put on the collar and leash, but once that dog walked out, he immediately jumped on me, put his legs around my waist like a hug, and let me hug him back. He even kissed my cheek! I knew then, that this dog was ours – and the walk confirmed it for my Men, too. The Puppers was such a good listener, great on a leash and pottying outside, super gentle with BatKid, and just overall rad.

The only thing left, was wondering if he was going to be ok around our Kikis. One of the ladies working there stopped to talk to us on our way back inside, and offered to take him around the cat rooms to see how he acted. He paid them no mind at first, as he was more interested in our Family, but when he did come up to some cats, he was very friendly and curious, and backed off when one made it clear that his prescence was unwanted. He was in no way mean or scary towards them, so unlike the dog we had wanted at the other shelter. We all felt more at ease after this experience, and it was decided: we were going to adopt this little sweetie!

However, he wasn’t coming home with us just yet. He needed to be neutered, vaccinated, and chipped first, so they rushed him off to our vet after I filled out the paperwork and paid. He had to stay the night there, then get the operation in the morning of the following day, and would be ready to bring home that evening. So, off to the store we went! We bought his food, bowls, toys, dog bed, collar, walking harness, and leash. BatKid chose the colors of the collar, leash, and harness, as well as most of the toys…but one of the toys in particular, an orange sock monkey with a squeaker in its belly, was the toy Hubs and I weren’t too sure about. We ended up being totally wrong, but I’ll get to that in a bit. I will say, our Son knows what dogs like, and He hadn’t been around many at that point! 😛

The next day was full of excitement and anticipation. It also dragged, as we had to wait until after four-thirty in the afternoon to pick up our new family member. I prepared for his arrival by washing his bowls, setting up his bed, and putting the sock monkey where he would see it. We enjoyed our day, and finally, it was time to leave.

As soon as they brought out our Puppers, his face lit up with excitement when he saw all of us. He couldn’t get over to us fast enough! Hubs put on his collar and leash, the employees chatted with us for a bit, we had our photo taken, and we walked our new buddy before the ride home. I was driving, while Hubs sat in the backseat with BatKid so he could keep an eye on the Puppers. I took all the bumps super slowly (we have a few dirt roads, ha), and made sure not to turn too harshly, too (which I do normally, of course). I just wanted to make sure not to jostle around the doge while he stood in the car, ha.

When we got home, my Men got out with the Puppers so he could stretch and go potty. I parked the car, dropped off my stuff inside, and made sure all the Kikis had somewhere to hide if they needed to. I went back outside to see how my Men and the Puppers were doing, and soon, we all went inside. The Kikis weren’t too pleased at the bigger and more energetic critter coming into their home, but introductions were made and life continued on. Puppers went to his bed, where he immediately picked up the sock monkey and laid down. Hubs and I were overjoyed, and praised the hell out of BatKid for the amazing pick. 🙂 He rested there and near us until bedtime, since he was still recovering from going under, and I slept near him all night to make sure he was ok. It was a pretty quiet night, thankfully; I just kept waking up naturally, which sucked, but it helped me keep an eye on him. The next day, he was back to the hyper, playful pup we walked the day before he came home with us!

Our Puppers is a fantastic addition to our Family. He’s adorable, fun, smart, wicked sweet, and just wonderful. He loves all of us, but definitely has a big attachment to my husband – which can be a bit overwhelming for Hubs, lol. Puppers is about a year and a half years old (still a youngin’), and a Labrador and Chow Chow mix. The Lab is the strongest breed when it comes to his appearance, but there are a few obvious Chow traits, which make him even more cute! The only sad thing about how he looks, is how skinny he is. He was a stray before being brought to the humane society, and who knows for how long. We’re definitely working on getting him up to a more healthy weight! Aside from a family, Puppers has lots of things that make him happy. Inside, his favorite toy (aside from the sock monkey) is a big, red Titan bouncy chew toy. He loves to play fetch, but isn’t fond of giving any toy back, lol. He plays rough with me more than Hubs, and loves to growl when playing tug-of-war with his big rope toy. Outside, he loves tennis balls and sticks, and running around with BatKid! He gives hugs often, can’t get enough belly scratches, and has so much fun exploring our land. Soon after we adopted him, it rained a bunch and snowed a bit; we had to dry off his paws before he ran around the house each time he went out, and learned he hates being dried off. He even tries to play tug-of-war with the towel! He’s such a goof, and a little klutzy, too. To say he’s the perfect fit in our weird and crazy Family, is an understatement. We can’t imagine life without that spazzy boy, and it’s only been two weeks since he joined us! ❤

BatKid is amazing with the Puppers. He is so patient and kind, and loves to play with and pet him. Watching them together makes my heart melt – just as much as watching my Kiddo interact with our Kikis! He’s beyond fabulous with animals, and they adore Him just as much as He adores them! Raising kids with animals, and teaching them how to care for, play with, and treat them, is so important. I am so proud to have a Kiddo who knows just how important it is, and proves it regularly!

After being a cat-only home for so long, it is quite a change adding a dog to the mix. It’s a little more hectic, the Kikis are still trying to get used to the new family member, and I feel like I live in a zoo at times – but I wouldn’t change it for anything. In the pet sense, our Puppers was the missing piece we didn’t even know we needed. He found his “furever” home, and we found another great companion for all of us humans.

I may be a crazy cat lady, but I love all animals, and this doggo of ours sure has stolen my heart. 😀