Thursday, May 6, 2010

We did it. We got a dog.

Tiffany finally agreed to a dog. In fact, she even said Kris could choose a dog for his birthday present. (It sounded like such a good idea at the time.) Her name is Molly May, and she is an English/American Bulldog mix, about 7 weeks old. We feel like we have another baby in the house! Kasey and Molly have quite a few similarities: (1) They both put everything in their mouths and are constantly chewing on things. (2) They are curious and inquisitive, getting into everything, especially what they're not supposed to. (3) They want your constant attention and company and cry/whine when you leave the room. (4) They both need to be trained; however, I think Molly has Kasey beat. She'll be potty-trained before Kasey's even walking (or else she better be!). :) Sometimes I think we are crazy - a puppy and a baby? What were we thinking?

As a stay-at-home mom with Kasey and Molly, things have gone fairly smoothly. However, we have had a few trying moments. We have a dog gate that keeps Molly in the kitchen area. One day Molly was in the kitchen playing and Kasey was on the other side of the gate playing. If I was in the room with Kasey, Molly would start to whine. Then, if I went into the kitchen with Molly, Kasey would start to cry. Even though the gate is see-through, they each wanted me right there! I didn't feel comfortable letting Kasey play on the floor with Molly, at least not without constant, vigilant supervision, so I thought of a solution. I put Kasey in the carrier and we proceeded to the kitchen. However, simply my presence alone wasn't good enough for Molly. She weaseled her way right onto my lap! I guess that's the solution, then. I'll be spending quite a few of my days, sitting in the middle of my kitchen floor, with both "kids" on my lap. This isn't quite what I pictured motherhood to be, but I guess it works!

We weeded the yard the other day, and Kasey chose to taste some leaves and dirt. (Molly did too, if you must know, but the evidence wasn't quite as pronounced on her face.)

More pics of Kasey (He's 7 months old on the 17th!)

Playing with dad! (He loves to flop himself upsidedown.)

Kris and Kasey in their Sunday vests!

P.S. If anyone has tips on dog housebreaking, childproofing your dog, and/or teaching a dog not to bite at your pants and never let go (Molly thinks this is so fun despite my stern "No's, shaking a can with pennies in it, and/or spraying her in the face with water), I'd be much obliged. Oh, and a reminder of why it's worth it to train a puppy might help, too. :)


  1. I have no puppy advice (except what Sierra told me: pull their ears and poke them in their faces/bodies while they eat so they learn be nice to you while they eat. This way, if kids/people bother the dog in the future the dog won't growl or nip at them while she is eating.) I love your growing family, and I love reading your blog! The pictures you have posted are adorable! I can't wait to meet your cute dog this week!

  2. Oh Tiff! You are so funny! I loved this blog. I can't really help on the whole dog thing because my one rule is always to get a dog that has already been trained- which is what we did with Gizmo and now with Coco- so no problems here! I love the picture of Kasey in the cowboy hat. Such a cute little guy!

  3. Somehow I missed it when you posted this about a dog! haha. Steve didn't admit it but I showed him the post and I am sure he is jealous. But you definitely discouraged me from wanting a dog anytime soon. (Luckily where we live dogs are not allowed at all). I totally prefer a cat anyways, they are SUCH less maintenance! Especially outdoor cats. That is so funny you being the mom of a baby and a dog. I love it. Can't wait to see you guys again soon! (hopefully :))