Mark has talked about a puppy for a year or two now, and in last 6 months, the discussion has ramped up. Last Christmas, Mark began noting some darling Facebook photos of a friends new puppy on my Facebook Feed. Each time, Mark would comment something like,
- "Hey - Did you see Kathyrn's puppy?"
- "Isn't he soooo cute?"
- "Can you find out where she got him?"
- "I started following that breeder on Facebook for you where Kathryn got the dog."
- "Did you see 'Marly's Schnauzers' has a new litter of puppies?"
- "Maybe we should get one of those new puppies..."
Then one night this spring he said, "Oh, by the way... I sent a down payment on that black and white puppy on Facebook..."
Fast forward 8 weeks.
Mark and I took a "date day" of PTO from work and headed to Lakeville with kennel in car to pick up the dog we had already named "Oliver". The kids had NO IDEA, although we had taken a family vote on a dog name, if we were to ever get a dog.
Then both kids circled the tiny puppy.
Marly asked, "Whose dog is this?"
Dean offered to "re-enact" there arrival home from school, with more excitement and drama. Dad declined the offer. After supper Marly took Oliver around to many neighbor's, rang door-bells, and introduced her NEW PUPPY Oliver!
He is here to stay, and has made regular trips to the bus stop, been to the Champlin Parade, and meet all the neighborhood pouches!