Okay, this decision was not an easy one. Our kids have been begging for a dog for years and years, at least five, possibly more. I started to sway about a year or two ago, but Seth was pretty firm on his decision that we were not a dog family. He likes dogs, but just didn’t think we had enough leftover time to give to any animal.
After starting the research process to see what kind of dog we could and would want to get IF we convinced Seth it was a good idea, we came up with a mini F1 Goldendoodle puppy (Golden Retriever mom mated with a toy poodle dad). We knew we wanted a smaller dog, but still a dog that would run, jump and be able to play hard with the kids, but small enough that he could be indoors. We also knew that we couldn’t handle shedding. Several of us have mild allergies and it just wouldn’t work for us. Plus, we needed a puppy that would be good with kids and well tempered. The very over-priced Goldendoodle fit the bill.
The process began as we starting going out to meet the puppies. The kids immediately fell in love with nearly every puppy they met. We tried to find a puppy that fit our family just right. Finally we convinced Seth to come and meet some of the puppies. He agreed. After meeting all the puppies we were interested in, we started to see Seth break a little. Finally after a little begging he agreed to purchase one and we put down a deposit. We had to wait until they got a little older to take him home.
On July 30 we went to pick up our pup, but decided to play with all of the ones that were left. Strangely, one puppy in particular kept sticking out to us and the one we originally wanted didn’t seem to notice we were even there. So we made a last minute decision and we switched and took home the cutest, sweetest little pup we have ever known. Finley, our blonde headed warrior, had joined our family.
Everyone loves him, I mean everyone. Some kids are more attentive and can’t wait to spend time with him, but everyone loves him and none of us can imagine our family before he joined it. He is a smart little stinker and is already potty trained. He can sit, shake, lay and rollover (thanks to Katelyn). He has already brought so much love into our home. We are loving this sweet little guy and are so grateful we finally took the plunge!