Sunday, June 10, 2007
Our First Dog...
This is Louie. He is the first canine member of our little family.
Our oldest daughter was 18 months old when we decided that it was time to get a dog. Both my husband and I had always had a dog in our families growing up, and we wanted our kids to know what it was like to grow up with one, too. (Really, we never had a plan for more than one dog!!)
So, off we went to the SPCA and found Louie. He's almost exactly one year younger than our daughter, making him 9 years old now. Wow.
Anyways, Louie was a handful when we first got him. He had a thing for feet, and socks, especially. But not just socks from the laundry basket. I've known several dogs who loved to dig in the laundry for socks. No, our Louie had a real thing for the socks on your feet. I remember sitting in the rocking chair with our sleepy toddler, spending the whole time defending my feet and my socks against this dog who just couldn't get enough of them.
He eventually got over the sock thing. But he still has a thing for any type of paper product: tissues, cardboard, the kid's homework sheets.... it doesn't matter, he'll eat them all.
I don't know if you can tell from the photo, but Louie is a little short for his weight. Seriously! He's not fat- he weighs about 40 lbs- a respectable weight for any dog who would be just about 6 inches taller! But, Louie has short little legs. They work just fine, but make him look like an overgrown Corgi!
Next, I'll have to tell you the love story of Louie and Lady (don't worry, he's neutered)... which is the reason why Louie is not an "only dog".