Yep, we have an addition to our family!
Brady has been wanting a dog for a few years and this year he has been saying that it's the only thing he wants for Christmas. We explained to him that a dog just wasn't going to work for us...and that we were sorry. However, after months of thought, discussion and debate, Eric and I decided that we would make it work for our family.
We had planned to suprise Brady on Christmas morning with a dog. We had it all planned out. We would pick up the dog on Christmas Eve and our neighbor would keep it until Brady was asleep. We would then bring the new puppy home and put a bow on her for Christmas morning. But, as we all know, things don't always work out the way we plan for them to.
Brady spent the night at Eric's parents Thanksgiving night so that Eric and I could do a little Black Friday shopping. No one knew we were actually looking at dogs. We had appointments lined up all day Friday to see different puppies we had researched. (In order for me to not drive my family crazy, we needed to get a dog that didn't shed.) Steffi was our first stop...at an Amish farm not far from Brady's school. When we pulled in, they had her in a little fenced pen in the driveway for us to see her. She was chasing a leaf all around in a circle. When I picked her up, she laid her head on my shoulder. Our other two requirements- a dog that would be playful and chase Brady around, and a dog that would be able to sit and cuddle. Anyway, we both really liked this dog. We left there and went to see another dog and then headed to lunch. Eric and I weren't very excited to go see all the other dogs and felt in our heart that she was the one.
We had already asked the Amish lady when we were there if she would be able to keep the puppy until Chrismtas Eve. She said she could...although we would be missing out on prime housebreaking time. After lunch, I called the lady back and told her we wanted the puppy....today. We were not going to leave her there for another month.
We picked Brady up later that afternoon and told him we needed to go pick up the new fridge we bought....and headed out to the Amish farm. When we pulled into the farm, she was again in the driveway waiting to be picked up. Brady went right over to pet her....and that's when we told him the dog was his to keep. He laughed at first and thought we were joking. I think he was in shock most of the evening!
Brady named her Steffi....after Steffi Graf.
She's 14 weeks old.
Steffi follows Brady everywhere he goes and loves to be held.
She chases him in the backyard. She wants to be near someone at all times. And, she fetches tennis balls! :)
We love her already.