So for those of you who don't know, we added to our family this past year. No, not like that! After YEARS of saying we never wanted to own a pet (and almost two years of praying, looking, and doing research), we caved and brought home our Schnoodle puppy, Lily Scout. (I tried to post a photo, but it's not working right now, so I'll try to get some up soon.)
We made the final decision Thursday, June 25, 2009 to get her (we'd already talked to the breeder and seen her photo) and we brought her home Saturday, June 27, 2009. Before too much time passes, I wanted to chronicle our story of bringing Scout home (below).
After long research and visits to shelters trying to find the right dog for us, I was online at a local news site's classifieds section and found a picture-less ad for Schnoodle puppies. I was intrigued because the Schnoodle (half Schnauzer, half Poodle) was a breed we thought would work very well for us. I emailed the breeder and we had a few phone conversations before God finally said to move forward with bringing her home.
That Saturday was a bittersweet day because we got the phone call as we were driving to get Scout that CC's parents were making the hard decision to put down their family dog, Happy. Happy passed away almost to the minute that we got Scout. It didn't help matters much that since both dogs had Poodle in them, Scout reminded us a lot of Happy and we struggled not to call her Happy. I am glad to say time heals the wound and Scout is very much her own puppy.
Well, we drove about an hour and a half away to pick her up in a store parking lot. We were running behind and found out on the way there that another couple were already there deciding between Scout and her twin sister. With the promise that we could have first pick, we hurried to get there. Well, God was definitely in it because we pulled up and went to the car to see the puppies. Scout (the original puppy we wanted) was sitting on the front passenger seat looking for all the world as though we were late and she had been waiting for us FOREVER! (She was more than ready to go home, I guess. Enough with sharing everything with her brothers and sisters!)
CC and I swapped Scout for the money (since it was a breeder) and drove immediately to my aunt's house for a quick meeting before the vet visit. Well Mary loved Scout right away of course but since it was a complete surprise to her, was of course happily shocked. The vet visit went very well but Scout had fleas and ticks which had to be taken care of right away.
We named her Lily Scout because CC came up with it and I thought it was neat. He originally wanted to call her Lily after a favorite character on a popular (now) TV show "How I Met Your Mother," but I didn't want to have to explain her name ten years down the road when nobody remembers the show. He also chose Scout after his favorite character from the novel "To Kill A Mockingbird." Scout (in the novel and in real life) is a precocious little girl with a bent for mischief! (The breeder had told us that all the puppies broke through the gate and escaped earlier that week-- guess who was leading the charge? Thus, we decided she was aptly named.)
Dog parenthood has been a new experience for us in our marriage, one we never expected to have. We wanted a well-behaved, well-socialized, well-trained, cute dog who would fit well with our family. Scout has been all that we hoped for and more. She is very smart and easily trainable (unless she's being stubborn)-- we think maybe she should've been held back and repeated her puppy schooling, but we think the policy is "no dog left behind" since she graduated to a "canine of distinction" despite our fears. ;-)
Scout LOVES people and animals (dogs more than cats since she's around them more). We've discovered over the past six months or so that she loves coffee (She's ruthless about getting to it when coffee is nearby! Fortunately it's decaf!) and fast-food drinks (something about the condensation on the cups and the straws). She's had her first Q-tip a few weeks ago and now pays full attention when we're using them in hopes that one will fall.
As you'll see once photos get posted, she's extremely adorable and very entertaining. We're so pleased she's in our family.