At least for our family, it's BIG NEWS. Here's a hint:
Yeah, I know, can you believe it?
Nate and I have talked about having a dog pretty much our entire marriage, but the timing was never quite right. Either we were living in apartments, or moving around a lot, or the kids were too little, or we had too much other stuff going on...
We had pretty much decided that when we did get a dog, it was going to be a rescued dog because there are so many animals out there needing a home already. And as cute as puppies are, we really didn't want to deal with house training and all that chewing. So, we looked online and found the Arizona Labrador and Giants Breeds Rescue.
And that's where we found Thelma:
In fact, her 'adoption' page link is still up for the time being. Thelma is about a year and a half old, so she's still got a little puppy in her, but she's pretty much housebroken, although my Bissell DID get a workout those first few days she was at our house.
She's super loving and patient, and doesn't mind being mauled by the kids. She has a tendency to wander into rooms in search of random toys and stuffed animals to play with, so we're still getting used to keeping the doors shut and putting our things away, me included. (She munched on one of my high heels after church today, darn it!)
When we first started talking about the fact that we might adopt a dog, Noah started including the request in his prayers every night that 'we'd find a dog that loves kids'. We think his prayer was answered.
We're considering changing her name, but the kids are pretty resistant. And it's hilarious to hear Noah call her "Felma" to get her to come. Zachary has probably watched one too many Scooby Doo episodes because he occasionally calls her "Velma", then catches himself, and asks what her name is again with a confused look on his face.
So, any suggestions for a new name?