Our conundrum results

We decided we would go ahead and adopt a Rescue Boxer .

I took a deep breath, said a small prayer and said “yes.”

To even be considered to adopt a dog you have to fill out an application.

Funny, I don’t remember doing this with either of the kids I took home from the hospital.

But, I have always said that parents should have some sort of minimum I.Q. test before taking a baby home to care for.

Life would be different for many children in this world if more parents had some common sense. Just my opinion.
And really that is the only one that counts around here. 😉

The dog application questions.

  1. All your personal info. name, address, phone.
  2. Does your spouse/roommate agree to adopt a dog? yes.
  3. Why do you want to get a boxer? We have one and love her to pieces. Plus it would be good to test some cosmetics on a boxer. they have big eyes.
  4. Have you ever been arrested, charged or convicted of animal abuse, neglect or endangerment? Ah…NO. If I was, would I be adopting AND telling the truth?
  5. Do you live in a home, apt, military housing, condo? home. hopefully business will pick up and we wont’ be moving to that cardboard box under the I-75 overpass.
  6. Do you have a swimming pool? yes. Sometimes we bathe in it too.
  7. Do you have a fenced yard? Yes. but the gate is constantly broken.
  8. Do you have any pets right now? Yes.
  9. List your pets. Oh good lord….3 cats, 2 lizards, 1 snake and anything else that shows up on the front porch.
  10. Names of all your pets. Harley, Maisy, Krispy, Freddie the freeloader, scott, larry. really, they are all animals and not people.
  11. Have you ever had dogs in the past. yes
  12. What happened to them. Died. Dad said one ran away and one went to a farm to live.
  13. List/describe other livestock that you presently have. None. Do I have to count the horse and 6 goats that showed up in my yard one day. What about the huge iguana up in my palm tree?
  14. Vets name . Dr. McWealthy Pants. We have made the local veterinarians very rich. They should have our name on their boat.
  15. Please describe your daily routine: Please, do you want to know that I get up at 5:10 to wake up teenager, then shoo her out the door at 6:15, then make coffee, wake up middle schooler at 7:30 drive her to school and return to start daily chores of cleaning up this house, exercising the dog, paying bills, cooking and generally taking care of my family in a great way? What I said was: I am a stay at home Mom. I generally don’t leave for very long periods of time (in house arrest) and I walk and exercise the dog many times during the day. (true story)
  16. Where will the dog be when you are away from the home? Most likely on the nice leather couch with the other dog. True
  17. Where will the dog sleep. Where ever the dog wants to sleep. Most likely on the king sized bed with husband, myself and other dog.
  18. What will happen to the dog if you move? Our pets go where we go. We will get a deluxe sized cardboard box.
  19. Under what circumstances would you not keep a dog? None. If it died, we would most likely not keep it.
  20. Are you willing to go through training with your boxer? YES A taser works wonders on an animal.
  21. Will you take responsibility for the dogs entire life? (10-12 years) yes. Unless we die first.
  22. Estimated expenses, estimate how much you would spend on medical care and food for a dog. As much as it takes. I did not even go into how much $$$$$$we spent on cocoa’s 2 surgeries in 2 weeks. there goes Lo’s first car fund.
  23. May a Representative visit your home? Yes. Please call first so I can hide the dead cats and dogs and get rid of some of the smell.

What do you think our chances are?

It has been 6 days and I have not heard from anyone.

The girls ask each day if we got a call. I keep telling them that the boxer people came by, saw the mess in their bathroom and under their beds and denied us a dog.
“Mother of the Year”

Cocoa is oblivious to the fact that she may get a sibbling.

She will love him, I know.

But I wonder who will reside on the back of Dad’s recliner now?

I found this sight to be too funny.

I am pretty sure when Maisy decided to perch up here on the lanai counter top that “Freedie the Freeloader” was tucked away in his little den.
When anyone gets near his home, he generally likes to come out and see what is going on….

The cat was oblivious to the snake watching her….

About Freddie The Freeloader, our albino corn snake.

I know most people are freaked out by snakes. I usually am too.

We have had him for about 4 years. (a rescue) and he is clearly the easiest, lowest maintenance pet we have. Mostly because I don’t do anything with him. I have never touched him.

The kids and Jeff feed him and clean out his cage. He spends most of the year on the lanai, the colder months he is in the playroom. (always in his cage)

He does not make any noise. He really likes when the kids take him out and let him slide and slither all over the ground. I don’t think he even has teeth.

He sheds about 4X a year, so he is growing. He is approx 4 1/2 ft long.

He did escape one time. Clearly the cats had been sitting on the top of his cage and the screen broke through.

He was missing for about 5 hours and one of the cats found him for us in some plants around the pool. The cat did not even try to hurt him. She was just staring at him.

Since then, I ball up pieces of tin foil and set it on the top of his cage, the cats are afraid of tin foil.

How did we end up with this little guy?

Three years ago on Christmas day, as I was sick in bed.

(It ain’t Christmas until someone is sick, that year it was my turn.)

Jeff and the girls went to visit a cousin. The cousin had this snake in a tiny cage.

And it was not being taken care of properly. The girls begged. Jeff gave in.

They came home and “surprised” me.

Husbands excuse?????

“It is better to beg for forgiveness, than to ask permission”

Really.

A new conundrum.

We saw a cute boxer puppy yesterday.
Jeff and Lo were giving me the eyes. They had a fairly good sales pitch.
Outwardly, I was not buying.
Inside, I was screaming “Lets take her home”.

I have said many times that one dog is really good for us.
She travels well. She fits in our bed well. I don’t know if we can fit another dog in there…
She is a really good girl.
I know she would love to have a bro/sis to play with though.
And we have SO much love to share in this house.
I told them the Dog was way too expensive and if we ever got another one we would rescue, not buy. Jeff agreed, stating it would feel much better knowing we were helping a needy dog.
Lo said that buying is rescuing because we could “rescue her from the pet store”.
Clever girl.

Last night I spent about 2 hours looking at several boxer rescue sites.

Oh, there is a lot of them. Looks like most of them are taken by volunteers from local pounds and put in temporary foster homes until a perm home can be found.
Many are just abandoned. Or neglected. That just breaks my heart.
One dog, he was about 5 was found roaming the streets.
They tracked his micro-chip to a home. The home was now owned by a bank. How could you have a dog for 5 years and then just leave it?
I realize times are tough for people, but how could you just leave an animal to just fend for itself?

We are still thinking about it.
I have to weigh the pros and cons.

Something I did learn is that you are advised to NOT have 2 females or 2 males.
Even if they are fixed. That kind of bummed me out, because I wanted another girl.
(if I got a dog) They are about 10 lbs smaller than males.
But then again, if I were to get a male, perhaps he would be SO in love with me as Cocoa is enamored by Jeff. Jealous who?


I do know I would prefer an older dog-3 years plus. We would not even be against a senior dog (7 yrs +)
But then I realized they only live about. 10 years. I am already dreading Cocoa getting old and dying and she is only 3.

I am a real softie.
I still get sad thinking about my Beloved cat Junior who at 11 we had to put to sleep back in 1999 due to kidney disease. That cat was so awesome and affectionate.
He ruined me for all other cats…
Oh, who knows what we will do.
I told the kids that if we got another dog that means they can’t take friends with us on our summer vacations anymore because we won’t have room in the car.
Of course they are fine with that NOW…….