This past Saturday we adopted a puppy from the Helping Hands Rescue. It has been quite the journey to get to this point. Last Friday's blog I talked about the process we took to find our puppy, that was at that time, named Caterpillar. That Friday night it was so hard to sleep....almost like Christmas. My husband and I had our secret and it was almost time for a reveal.
Saturday morning came and it was so surreal. Our babysitter arrived and we headed to Gainesville's Petsmart for the adoption. My mild mannered, husband was going almost 80mph the whole way north....we were so excited to see Caterpillar. I was expecting to see, maybe, about 10 or so dogs up for adoption....boy was I wrong! There were different shelters and rescues represented. I think there were maybe about 40 dogs and cats that were up for adoption, including our sweet pup. We signed in and were told we were number 6. They then asked us to hang out so they could get to us as soon as they were ready. We looked around for Caterpillar, but saw that he wasn't here yet. There were, however, 2 large areas that were designated for puppies. After we waited a bit, we started to see lots of people milling around the puppy area....a sure sign that puppies were in the house! We joined the crowd....and there he was.....our Caterpillar. There was a lady looking at our pup and wondered if he was up for adoption....I let her know we were pre-approved for his adoption. (I smiled in my heart) Then one of the volunteers came over to help make sure everyone that touched the different puppies were sanitized. A couple came over to her to ask if they could hold our puppy. As she was handing him over to them, they were talking about adoption costs and what not.....I interjected their conversation to let them know that we were pre-approved for him. The volunteer handed Caterpillar over to me, calling me his "mommy". (That's right I am!) After we got through all the paperwork, he was ours! Now to surprise our children!
While we drove home, Caterpillar climbed up on my shoulder area and fell asleep. He never once whined or barked, he's such a good puppy. We parked on the side of our house, so we could wait out in the yard. My husband went into the house and asked the kids to wash their hands and then come outside. When they came out, they just stood there in awe....not sure what was happening. My son, then, started running in place and they both ran to meet me and the puppy in the grass. It was love at first sight! As we introduced him to the inside of our house, my daughter asks if she and my son could sleep in our room with the puppy that night. Now, we have chosen to crate train our puppy and for the first week, I wanted him to feel safe by letting him sleep in our room then move him to a more permanent location. Soooo we all spent the first night as a family of 5 in daddy and mommy's room. I was informed by one of my besties, that I was #wrapped....yup, I know!
Now the fun has begun. I now know why God made puppies so cute....so when they pee in the family room, you will forgive them. I also have found out....the hard way.....that our puppy needs to poop and pee twice in the morning before he comes back in the house. I have cleaned with ammonia this week till my nose hairs are all burnt away, but I love our puppy. Oh, by the way, I forgot to tell you the new name we all agreed upon for Caterpillar. My husband and I first came up with a list we agreed on, then let the kids pick from that list. Our new puppy, formerly named Caterpillar, is now going by the name Patriot. Patriot as in a person who loves, supports, and defends his or her country and its interests with devotion, not the sports team. So, we are kissing and playing with our Patriot and learning that he loves being close to us. It's going to take some time and patience to train him the right way, but the reward will be a great family dog that we can trust and who will love us as we love him.
17Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change
God has blessed us with a sweet gift!
Amanda Williams is a forty-year old wife and mother of two who can still swing her pony tail and display just a tad of sass. She is also a Jesus loving girl who realizes she is nothing without the One who saved her. Amanda has two degrees specializing in serving students with special needs and is currently working in the field of Leadership Development. She is a Christian author, speaker, blogger, and publisher who loves serving beside her husband at her local place of worship, First Baptist Church of Ocala.