When the middle Muppet was four he wanted to ask Santa for a pet Parrot for Christmas. I explained to him that Santa didn’t like to deliver live animals because it was a lot work not to mention the red tape he would have to go through crossing in to other countries. This Christmas as he sat writing his letter to Santa on December 23rd he asked me if he could have a puppy for Christmas. He told me that he loved having the little dog that we were dog sitting around and that he would help take care of the puppy and if I was allergic that he would just keep the puppy in his room. I hugged him and told him that he wasn’t going to get a puppy for Christmas and that we needed to enjoy having Lupo to play with for this short while. The middle Muppet sighed and said he understood but walked head down out of the kitchen.
A few weeks ago our dog sitting job came to an end, our entire family was sad to see Lupo go and everyone missed having the little dog following us everywhere, going for walks and giving us cuddles. So I started looking on the Pet Rescue websites here in Doha, there are so many dogs who need homes here and you are able to adopt or foster them depending on your situation. Day after day I browsed through photos of dogs and cats that were looking for a loving family, many of them were large breed dogs and most of them also shed a lot. Our family needed a dog who was “hypo allergenic” and I really preferred a small breed of dog since our back yard is small and the walking area in this country is limited. Last week I got in touch with a women who worked with one of the rescue organizations regarding a small breed adoption day that they were holding. I told her about our family, life style and situation, when she emailed me back she told me that she had the perfect dog for our family. She sent me a picture of the little dog and told me that we could pop down to the vet clinic after 4:00pm that day if we wanted to meet and get to know the cute white dog in the picture.
When I told the Muppet’s what we were going to do they were all excited. The oldest Muppet had already decided that she was our dog and that she was going to come home with us. He was starting to pick out names while the youngest had the dog already giving him kisses goodnight. The middle guy sat quietly and I asked him what he thought of the dog, he cuddled in close to me and said in a whisper “She’s so cute mama, I want her to be ours” I wanted her to be ours too but I lied to myself and said that I wouldn’t make my mind up until I met her.
We piled Grandma, Bampi and three Muppet’s in to the truck that afternoon, everyone was excited about meeting this little dog. After a long drive, getting lost and finding our way again we finally made it to the vet clinic. We could see the white fluffy dog sitting in the waiting area and all three Muppet’s bounced with excitement, I told them to calm down so they wouldn’t scare her. We walked in to the clinic and the puppy immediately came over to say hi to the Muppet’s and their grandparents. I spoke to the local woman who was fostering her and she told me about the dogs history, temperament, likes and dislikes. I sat down on the floor with the white fluffy dog she had named Sienna, she was shy at first but snuggled right in to me, and I knew that I was not going to be able to leave with out her.
I asked the Muppet’s what they thought and all three of them agreed that “Sienna” was our dog and that she needed to come home with us. With in minutes we had the adoption papers signed and we walked out of the clinic with the newest member of the Wilson family. There was only one problem… we hadn’t really asked Daddy if it was ok to add another member to our household. The middle Muppet was convinced the there was no way that Daddy wouldn’t love her because she was so cute so instead of worrying about what kind of trouble I would be in we decided to worry about what we were going to name our new dog.
The three Muppets threw names out like Cookie, Elsa, Snowball and Jackie, and by the time we got home we had decided on two names Ivy and Lucy. The oldest Muppet came up with the idea to have everyone write down the name they like best and whichever one had the most votes would be her name. I decided that it was best that the dog have a name when my husband came home so we voted. After a landslide vote it was decided that Lucy was going to be her name! We spent the rest of the evening introducing Lucy to her new home and the boys tried to make her feel like part of the family. I texted the Muppet’s dad to give him the heads up, and he was not very happy with me.
I kept the Muppets up so that they could help me introduce Lucy to her new papa and because I was scared… I knew that he wouldn’t get as mad as he wanted to be at me with the boys there. When he walked through the door, Lucy was sitting on my lap with the youngest Muppet. Lucy jumped off my lap to greet her new dad, and the Muppets bombarded him with facts about Lucy and how cute and fluffy she was. We put the Muppet’s to bed with visions of Lucy dancing in their heads, all three happy and excited about our newest family member.
Lucy has been with us for just over a week now, and she has fit in to our family beautifully. She has started to put on weight, loves her walks and even likes to visit with her other dog friends on and off the compound. The Muppets are thrilled to be dog owners and will tell anyone who will listen about Miss Lucy. Their Dad has come around and developed a soft spot for our fluffy new baby, and we can’t really imagine our lives with out her now.
My father in law joked the other day that I would have to change the name of the blog to Four Frogs a Princess and a Pooch but think we will leave it as it is. We are so happy to welcome Lucy in to our lives and we look forward to all the adventures we will share with her.