Can You Keep A Secret?

July 30, 2013

In two weeks, Harry is getting a roommate.

A very furry roommate.

He doesn’t know it yet…and he won’t until the second before it happens, so please, Internet, let’s keep this between us…but in 10 sleeps we will retrieve this new family member…who is coming in miniature schnauzer + dachshund form.

Seriously, right? I don’t know if you’re getting this, but girlfriend has a little mohawk. Oh yes she does. 

I’m very excited (very!) but also a little nervous.

I’ve never really had a dog before. (Or, apparently I had two when I was too young to remember and my sister had one a few years later that I barely remember.) So I don’t really know what’s about to happen.

Also, confession, I’ve always been fairly scared of dogs. And now, I’m about to get over this fear.

Harry has been wanting (and begging for) a puppy for quite a while now. He is in love with his grandparents’ dog and really wants a canine sibling of his own. But I wasn’t sure. Besides the two above reasons, I just figured this would end up being my dog, or James’ dog, and I’m not the one who is making promises to do all my reading, and all my chores and keeping a clean room forever and ever and ever if I could just please please please have a dog.

But then, out of nowhere, Jenny said something about Austin Pets Alive and I went to check them out. Holy crap, those dogs are cute. And for the record, APA is serious about its pets. Austin is serious about its pets. We went through the process…and almost got the second cutest dog ever, a dog called Skillet. However, after lots of conversations and a home visit, it seemed Skillet wasn’t the right puppy for us. When I got the news, I cried. Like ugly cry, cried. And that’s when I knew I was right there with Harry. I also really wanted a puppy.

So this is happening.

To be clear, this is Harry’s dog. He will name her. He will take care of her (in theory). But I can’t wait to hang out with her too…and if she’s into riding around in a purse, I’m totally up for that.

In ten days, we are going to pick up this little girl and bring her home. Just like Harry, she was born in Houston, but she’s now going to join us in doing her part to keep Austin weird. Or, at least just south of weird.

This also means I will no longer be the only girl in the house.

And I can’t wait.

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  • Reply Peach July 30, 2013 at 12:05 pm

    You know what this means, right? Puppy pictures all over Instagram! 🙂 Don’t mind all my likes and emoji comments. I’m not a weirdo, I promise. So excited for you and the family. She is adorrrrrable with the mohawk!!

  • Reply kim/the maker mom July 30, 2013 at 12:09 pm

    Congrats! We just got our first puppy a couple of weeks ago. While it’s not nearly the work and mental weight of a human baby, we’re still working our way through getting up once or twice a night and all that comes with it. That said, seeing your boy and his dog over the years is going to warm your heart like nothing else. Enjoy the journey!

    BTW, a few surveys of my Facebook friends (a great source of puppy info) suggests getting pet insurance. Though I haven’t contacted anyone yet, VPI seems to come out on top with my crowd.

    Also, sidenote: in many talks about issues related to BlogHer like size and outboard parties, swag drama etc.- Mom2.0 comes up as the conference to be at.

  • Reply Allison July 30, 2013 at 12:18 pm

    That is over the moon awesome. Harry is going to flip!

  • Reply Heather July 30, 2013 at 12:29 pm

    If you don’t get this dog I will light something on fire.

  • Reply Pam July 30, 2013 at 12:37 pm

    Hooray for puppies!

    Also? A dog named Skillet is the greatest thing I’ve read this MONTH.

  • Reply Roxanna (miguelina) July 30, 2013 at 1:15 pm

    You will love it! It will be crazy, but take it from me — it’s nice to have another lady in the house!

  • Reply Shana Walker July 30, 2013 at 1:21 pm

    As the child of a veterinarian, I think every family MUST have a dog. It is part of growing up.

  • Reply Judy woods July 30, 2013 at 4:51 pm

    Jim and I (Harry’s grandparents) can’t remember what life was like before Barney. And if you are having a bad day, there is nothing like a sweet dog to make you feel good and calm you down. We are so excited. I know this is a big decision. I assure you she will make you happy.

  • Reply laurie July 31, 2013 at 11:18 pm

    I love her already. You are finished, hate to break it to you. They have that way about them.

    Also? There is a Chihuahua named Busta at that place, because of course I went to the link, and there are plenty of dogs to adopt here in my spot, but now I’m sad I don’t live in Austin all over again.

  • Reply Cindy August 1, 2013 at 7:50 am

    I’ve always had my own dog, though I am currently with out pet. But there’s something about seeing a boy and his dog. Something special. My nephew (who was only 4 years younger than me) had a dachshund and I have all these images in my head of the two them running around my parents’ yard. They were a team. A gruesome twosome. Best friends. It was a joy to watch.

  • Reply Valerie August 21, 2013 at 4:36 pm

    I don’t know you, but thank you for adopting. I volunteer in a shelter, and she will be the best doggy ever, I just know it.

  • Reply The Hook September 2, 2013 at 11:43 am

    My wife hates holding presents back too. At least you were smart enough not to box and wrap this present…

  • Reply Paul Cruser June 14, 2016 at 7:02 pm

    What’s the puppy look like now??

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