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Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Tending to Bonnie

Meet Bonnie:



How did this little gem come into our lives?

Well....after the pet store with Leslie & Sadie, Gage mentioned that the pet store didn't have any dogs. He wanted to see dogs. So, I offered to take him to the SPCA shelter over off Industrial.

So, off we went.... But, we got there about 20 minutes before they opened. So, we sat on the steps playing a little lame game of "What color is that?" [you know---I point to something & say, "What color is that?"]... This woman comes up to wait on the steps too. There are other people there waiting in their cars.... This woman who is at the steps with us has a dog to surrender. Gage started the conversation by saying "Is that your dog?" and it was all over. She told a sad tale that involved a landlord, a no pets policy, and two dogs: Bonnie & Clyde. Clyde had already found a home, but Bonnie had not. She was at the shelter to surrender Bonnie & was fighting tears about Bonnie being put to sleep somewhere. Anyway....before the SPCA doors even opened, this woman & I were hugging & THANKING each other, and I was back in my car with our new dog, Bonnie.

You always hear the phrase "a boy and his dog".... I swear, my heart has just grown & grown today watching that phrase play out in my backyard. Oh my goodness....

But really, we need to pause because I'm getting ahead of myself.

Before noon, we had a new dog & we were headed back to a pet store. We needed a collar, and shampoo, and food bowls, and puppy food, and a leash, and a dog bed, and dog toys & at least one bone, and a box of treats....did I forget anything???

So, we're at the pet store, and of course I didn't put her on the floor b/c she's 7-10 weeks old (I think...) and I didn't want her to catch any dog sickies....so, we got a cart & went straight to the doggie bed aisle. Got a dog bed & put her in the cart. She loved it. She slept almost the whole time we shopped inside the store. In a random poll of pet store shoppers & employees who commented on how cute she is, the winning for breed mixes in Miss Bonnie: some sheperd & lab. Who knows what else??

So, we check out, and we head out to the car. Gage crawls up into his seat. I pop the trunk & unload the stuff. I set Bonnie down next to the car while I put my stuff in the front seat. I turn around----she's under a Carolla parked next to our car.
GREEEEEAAAAT. I've owned her for what??? an hour??? I'm like the perfect dog owner, right? So, I found myself belly down on an asphalt parking lot staring up at the unercarriage of a Carolla. Let me just say---if you find yourself in this same situation---laying in a parking lot staring at the underside of a Carolla, you MIGHT BE "Tending to Bonnie." Clearly she was happy to be in the shade, and in no hurry to respond to my pleas for her to come out. People in the parking lot quickly came to my side, only to find that I was attempting to fetch a puppy underneath the car. A brainiac who stopped to help suggested that I try dog treats. "I've owned her for like an hour. I don't even know if she knows what a dog treat is!" Well, she saw that little milk-bone & her ears perked up. Worked like a charm....thank goodness!

On the ride home, I called my Hubby. Went to voice mail. So, I text messaged him (odd for me b/c I'm textually slow)... I hadn't even had time to lay the phone down before my phone was ringing. It was Hubby. The text read "We got a dog." He must have been in a meeting or something when he returned the call because his response was, "I just got your important message. Could you elaborate on that please?" SAFE! So, I did, and he chuckled at me, and he's excited to meet her.
:)

So, she rode in the backseat all the way home, just right there at Gage's feet. We brought her inside & quickly marched right out the back door to see if she'd potty outside. She did. Like a champ. In fact----we've had one wet accident in the last 10 hours, and that was right by the back door. She's been TTing outside like a champ! Wooohooo! [I'm sure I just jinxed myself by even typing that!]

So, we get home to the backyard, and Bonnie was no more than 3 feet behind Gage at all times. It has been soooooo cute. As I'm typing this, she's laying to my left on the couch JUST A'SNOOZIN'! She is so worn out from such an adventurous day with Baby Gage.

Okay, okay....pictures from this afternoon....











So, after some playing in the backyard, Gage started making mud with the waterhose & had a ball in the mud. So did Bonnie!







So...they both got baths....


And then we got dressed....ran by Mark & Pam's, and ran out to Rockwall. Stopped off at Sonic for the ol' brown bag special, and took burgers to the in-law's for dinner. We had to go out there to get Eddie's old kennel. They'd used it for a while when their dog, Sadie, was brand new to their home & so scared of everything...

Anyway...Gage & Bonnie had fun out there too.







(Bonnie is not yet super-excited about her leash.)

So, that was our afternoon.
We've been busy..."Tending to Bonnie."

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39 Comments:

At 8:31 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

SOOOO incredibly cute! I can;t wait to play with Gage and Bonnie. And you will take me to that restaurant for breakfast. . .Melissa

 
At 8:32 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I mean I was waiting for EVER to see these photos! Melissa (again)

 
At 8:53 PM , Blogger Lainey-Paney said...

Sorry, Melis.
I've had a lot going on around here! Tending to Bonnie, Tending to Gage, Assembling a metal dog kennel that really---I have NO idea if it is done correctly, but it hasn't fallen down yet---yeah, well, I did all that & a load of dishes! So there!

 
At 9:04 PM , Blogger She said...

That's the best story I've heard all day! And the photos are awesome! I predict a long and loving and lasting friendship between the boy and his dog! Lots of laughter and joy and chasing to be done!!!

And can I just say that I envy that you live near a SONIC. I go there every time I go to Houston to see my family. My sister will pick up from the airport and say, "Shall we go to SONIC?" And I don't even have to respond. She knows the answer!!! I love the crushed ice!!!

 
At 9:31 PM , Blogger Mighty Morphin' Mama said...

Oh my goodness, she is way too cute! Congratulations, now I want one...

 
At 10:46 PM , Blogger Jason said...

She is absolutely adorable.

 
At 11:40 PM , Blogger Chris H said...

Bonnie is adorable, and a gorgeous new member of your family.

 
At 1:36 AM , Blogger MarvelousMOM said...

Oh so cute. I love the story too on how she came to be yours. Hehe I can just imagine you laying in the parking lot. Something I would totally do. Gage has a new bestfriend... We need to get one for our house.

 
At 3:04 AM , Blogger kim-d said...

OMG! A boy--especially when the boy is Gage--and his dog--especially when the dog is Bonnie? Oh, my grandmotherly heart! That pic of the two of them in the sandbox? It's a good thing I'm on the low side of the hormonal spectrum today or I'd be boo-hooing right here at my desk!

She is absolutely precious (and you already know I think he's absolutely precious!)--and there is no doubt in my mind that she was meant to be your dog. YAY!

 
At 4:41 AM , Blogger Laura said...

OH MY - TOOOOOOO CUTE!!!!!!


I want one!!!!


Gage is so adorable and they will soon be best buds...if not already!

 
At 6:17 AM , Blogger Beth said...

Such a sweet puppy! And such a great playmate for Gage.
I'm envious, tempted...but, no - it's too soon.

 
At 7:05 AM , Blogger Aubs said...

Sooooo cute!! Our boys LOVE dogs but both have horrible allergies so we will have to wait until they are older and their allergies are better controlled. Bonnie is precious....and so is Gage...what a pair those two make!!

 
At 7:08 AM , Blogger Kate said...

So cute!

 
At 11:04 AM , Blogger Shea said...

Oh my, Bonnie and Gage are so cute together. You are a great Mom. Every boy needs a dog!

 
At 12:22 PM , Blogger Pregnantly Plump said...

So cute!! Yay on the new doggie.

 
At 12:34 PM , Blogger Judy said...

She is PRECIOUS! And will probably be good blog-fodder!

 
At 12:39 PM , Blogger Family Scads said...

So cute. I'm such a dog lover. Maybe we'll have a dog one day (if me and my husband can ever agree on a breed!).

Thanks so much for the prayers for my little guy! It means so much.
-Kim

 
At 12:50 PM , Anonymous misguided mommy said...

oooo this brought tears to my eyes. you are so amazing for taking her home. and she is sooo frigging cute i want to smush her wittle face and cuddle her

 
At 1:09 PM , Blogger Valerie said...

she is so cute!!

 
At 2:30 PM , Blogger *~Sarah Lynn~* said...

OMG! Bonnie is ADORABLE! What a great story, talk about being in the right place at the right time! I love how you were laying in the parking lot trying to get her out from under the car... that would totally be me, haha! Gage looks so happy!

 
At 5:29 PM , Blogger Sarah said...

AWWWW! So cute!

 
At 5:29 PM , Blogger The Browns said...

AWWW!! "Bonnie" - what a FABULOUS name ;)

 
At 7:33 PM , Blogger christy said...

She is adorable! I hope Bonnie is a quick learner, and is potty trained fast.

 
At 8:15 PM , Blogger Rikki said...

Cute puppy!!!

 
At 10:04 PM , Blogger Papa Bradstein said...

They're both adorable. Barky applauds your rescue of Bonnie.

 
At 8:14 AM , Blogger Lindsay, Tony, and Madison said...

Love the new puppy!! So adorable!

To answer your question, a roundabout is something you don't want to have to encounter! :-) They're used instead of stop signs here in the wonderful city of Carmel, Indiana! Here's the wikipedia link about them: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roundabout

 
At 8:42 AM , Blogger Kaylee said...

sooo cute! I remember when Tank was that small....not so much anymore lol :)

 
At 9:09 AM , Blogger Missy Marshmallow said...

That is the cutest story ever. Good for you for adopting a mut! They are the best! She looks adorable and so cuddly.

 
At 10:53 AM , Blogger Pamela said...

I can't wait to get over there for some puppy kisses! Oh... is there anything in life that is better than puppy kisses with puppy breath and soft, full, round puppy bellies!? I think not! Well... I am sure there is, but.. man, that is on the top of my list. : )

Can I come over and play???

 
At 11:02 AM , Blogger ~love said...

so, so CUTE!

you're such a good mommy! not because of anything in particular in this post, just because of everything when we get glimpses into your life.

lol @ hubby's response. =)

 
At 11:53 AM , Blogger Jiff said...

SO SWEET!!!
How heart-melting to see the puppy and Gage playing together!

 
At 7:04 PM , Blogger S said...

So cute!

 
At 7:00 AM , Blogger Papa Bradstein said...

Unrelated, but because I know this is an issue that you're interested in and I don't have your email to send this offline...thought you might be interested in this: http://www.schneier.com/blog/archives/2009/03/leaving_infants.html

 
At 7:17 AM , Blogger CoolStuffForDads.com said...

Congratulations! Dogs are very cool! I'd recommend some training. We did puppy kindergarten and it was worth it. Covered a lot of the basics. Good luck and enjoy!!

 
At 8:09 AM , Anonymous Patty said...

CONGRATULATIONS!!!

Bonnie is beautiful! OMG! I love your story. oh so cute! Talk about fate. Gage and Bonnie were meant to be :) I can't wait to keep hearding about their adventures.

Good Luck to you all :)

 
At 8:24 AM , Blogger Lainey-Paney said...

Papa B---thanks for the article link.
:)

 
At 9:32 AM , Blogger Beth said...

OHMYGOD!!!!! Bonnie is ADORABLE!!!! Every boy NEEDS a dog...oh the fun they'll have together. mud, bugs, sneaking treats...sleeping together after a long day. that's just the best.

 
At 5:52 AM , Blogger Mojavi said...

lol omg..... the puppy does look cute following gage around... but I do not envy you your rugs for the next year!!! lol

 
At 5:06 PM , Blogger angie said...

She is adorable!! I can't wait to hear all the Gage and Bonnie stories. I am way behind in reading and I know there are already stories up so I'm off to read those :)

 

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