Sunday, April 28, 2013

It Only Took 25 Years to Get Our First Dog!

I grew up in a family of seven children and many of us had allergies to fur.  So I was never much of a pet person.  We raised two boys (now ages 23 and 19) who also grew up with allergies, so the only thing we ever had in the house was an aquarium full of fish.  So you can imagine how many people were very surprised to hear that my husband Dave and I got a dog.

This past year, my youngest son would occasionally tell us that we should get a dog.  With a quieter house, the idea of having a dog started to appeal to me.  I started reading about different breeds on line and Dave and I kept going back to Yorkies.  We thought they were adorable and a dog with hair would be better for our home.  I found a woman online in NH who had one, so on New Year's Day, 2013, we drove about 90 minutes north to check out the dogs she had.

This is how Parker looked when we met him.  He was only 4 lbs.  This picture was taken in the basement of the person selling him.  Not very impressive, I know.  It didn't smell the greatest either.  We met 3 or 4 hair dogs at a time.  Most of them were so hyper, we couldn't picture bringing one of them home.  When the woman brought Parker out, he was extremely shy and he avoided us.

Dave scooped him up and we knew that Parker was the one for us.  We're low key kind of people, so he seemed like a good fit for our family.

We had a long drive home.  The owner suggested that he sit on my lap instead of in the crate because he would probably be nervous and she was right.  He acted like he was going to throw up many times!  Poor thing!

This is Parker when we took him home.  He was SO SHY!  I felt so bad for him!  He let us hold him but he looked kinda lost for about a week.

The next few pictures were taken of Parker during the first week that we had him.  He has changed a lot since then! 

What kind of dog do you have?  Was your dog shy when you took him/her home?