How cute is this?! You saw the kids vision boards, right? If not, scroll down. They swore with fingers crossed they were not putting a puppy in their vision. Not two weeks later our neighbors yell across the street asking if we ‘need’ a puppy… Need? Need? OMG- no. We don’t NEED a puppy. We have 2 dogs, a cat, and a guinea pig. But look at this pup. Texas is overrun with abandoned animals (this pup was found on the side of the road- about 4-5 weeks old) due in part- I’m told by a representative of Austin Pets Alive– to the numbers of farms/ranches who do not spay/neuter their roaming animals and also to the large numbers of people of Mexican heritage. Apparently there is no word for spay/neuter in spanish- only ‘sterilization’ which is countercultural given their generally strict Catholic heritage.
Long story short, we’re keeping her. All have agreed to help me in my zookeeping duties so that all of the animals are well cared for and have come through (usually). I walk all three dogs every day which has been great for our older girls (who weren’t getting walked much before). The energy in the house is fresh and sweet and Lulu seems much happier and calmer now that she has a job; she is my co-parent and I often say I couldn’t raise this puppy without her.
She has brought discussions of instinct, mothering, animal behavior, appropriate care and attention, reproductive health (spay/neuter), and responsibility for a dependent life. She’s also a really great cuddler. The kids have ‘their’ dog now- the playful, off-leash hiking, always ready for cuddles pup. We’ve also borrowed a bathroom scale and are recording her weight and measurements over time. So fun! Welcome Skooter Maeve.