Monday, March 21, 2011

Let's all take a big collective sigh of relief

We survived Spring break 2011!
Where is my prize....


A boy and his Gremlin? Buster has turned out to be the best, most perfect dog for our family. We use him in a lot of therapeutic ways. Learning to care for and have empathy for an animal is an important step in a RAD child's emotional well-being. Here is a living thing that depends on us, even more than our kiddos, and they get to help care for them. Of course, you have to have the right animal. One that loves kids, can handle the occasional over-zealous child, is calm and even tempered, and has boundless energy. That describes Buster to a T. A plus is that he thinks he is a boy not a dog. He climbs playground equipment, plays with the horses and sleeps under the covers. 
 Have you ever had a good idea that goes terribly, horribly wrong? Yeah, well I had this bright idea that i could get some free time to bake a batch of cookies by giving the boys some cans of shaving cream and sending them outside to play with it. I could then rinse them off with the hose, plop them in the shower and have clean kids in time to start supper. Brilliant, right? Then the back door flew open and in bounded this. A shaving cream coated dog, who ran all over shaking and spreading the stuff everywhere. My house now smells faintly menthol-y.
 Kaytee and her new baby, Aubrey. That is one teeny, tiny little puppy. She is smaller than Ashley's guinea pig and she is already over 12 weeks old. I told Kaytee that absolutely, under NO circumstances, was that dog coming to live with us. She's bringing her to me for the night tonight so I can flea bathe her. Kaytee is afraid to do it so it's Granny Wen to the rescue!

5 comments:

Reba said...

Love this post. I have been thinking alot about getting a dog. I think one of my Guats would really enjoy it and it would be therapy for her. Our big problem is allergies which I and the youngest have...I have got to find something that we could live with...

Andrea said...

Reba-try a poodle. They are very allergy-friendly. Or any of the poodle combos. I think Terrier's are also good for allergies.

And Wendy, you're totally going to end up with the dog :) Grandma Wen to the rescue! But dang if that isn't the cutest little thing!

bearie1 said...

Dogs are darling. But, did I miss something? I thought Kaytee was going away to college this year. So confused which is so normal.

jeneflower said...

I have those good ideas that go horribly wrong- all the time!

Misty said...

I have a mini pom that looks EXACTLY like that and at 2 yrs old is still only 4 lbs (2 lbs hair)! Mine is NOT a yapper either, I am so lucky! I hope hers is just as sweet and not a barker!! Mine is great with little Lyza too....as you can see from our camping pic's, she is an awesome camping dog and really gets worn out! ;-) (the pup that is!)