About a month ago we brought home Eloise, a sweet little lab mix pup that we adopted from a local rescue. For about two years, John has been asking us for a puppy but I was very firm about this not happening. I had two reasons. One is that I am the one who is home the most and frankly I did not want the extra work. John was adamant that he would help but I wasn't buying it. I am still not sure how he got me to agree. I guess I just got tired of saying no. I have to give props to John, that after a month's time, he is very helpful with Eloise. He adores playing with her and also feeds and cleans up after her too. Nine seems to be a really good age for kids to get a puppy. He really understands the responsibility and takes her care quite seriously.
The second reason I didn't want a puppy was because of Maggie. She is 12 years old and I didn't know how she would react to the new pup. She is such a sweet dog, very good with our kids and also VERY stubborn. Would she be jealous or get along with the new dog? I felt bad rocking her boat. For the most part, I think she likes Eloise. Maggie is on a 20 hour sleep schedule which makes Eloise's constant desire for play a bit annoying. At least she seems a bit annoyed to me when this pup is egging her on at 6 am. Maggie does play with Eloise. They run and roll around in the back yard....and Maggie often limps away. It's actually funny seeing Maggie lay the smack down.
Eloise is such a sweet, docile little lady. She listens really well and is now doing great with potty training. Aside from running after Maggie, she likes to play a wild game of keep away with the kids. Girlfriend can run. John tells me, "Eloise sure can juke mom!" HA! I think everyone is adjusting really well to our new family member. The kids adore her and I like her too...at least most of the time:-)