Well the husband finally did it...talked me into getting a dog that is! We have been going back and forth for quite awhile about getting a puppy/dog - anyone who knows me knows I'm not much of a pet person and I was worried about how to handle the pet when he is at work or gone. I said I was willing to compromise if we found a dog that was female and over the age of one. I didn't want to deal with trying to potty train a puppy and deal with all the chewing messes they tend to make!
So yesterday morning, Eddie woke me up and asked me if we could go look at Nebraska Humane Society because they currently have an overfill of dogs and were offering all adoptions at half-price. Once we got there, Eddie led me to the one he had fallen in love with on their website, a female chocolate lab mix. She had been found as a stray a few weeks earlier, so they could only guesstimate her age (they think one year, one month) and had given her a temporary name (Lover). Eddie and I got to know her and found out the basics (they weren't sure if she was potty trained yet, she tested free of diseases, they spayed her, and she knew sit & shake commands). We put her on hold and decided to bring Reece back after he got done with pre-school to see if they got along.
We didn't tell Reece which dog we were going to see but he picked her out of all the cages anyways! When he walked past hers, she was up by the bars and licked his fingers - which he loved. We decided to adopt her and brought her home last night. We also decided on the ride home that "Lover" wasn't the name for her and let Reece pick out a new name. Charlie has been a name he's been suggesting for the baby but he decided it worked well for her and Brown...I'm not sure if it's because she's brown or from the cartoon (which I'm not even sure he's ever seen). My mom pointed out to me today that now we have a Charlie Brown and a Lucy in the family (my brother's plott hound is named Lucy).
So far the process has been pretty good - we are crate training her and working on keeping her off the furniture (she likes to try and sneak on when she thinks we aren't watching). Last night she wasn't thrilled about going into her crate but she didn't bark or whine either, which I was very thankful for! Reece has enjoyed taking her on walks and playing with her in the backyard. She seems to be pretty calm, if we're in the living room she just lays by our feet and she allows Reece to cuddle up by her. Hopefully it's her true personality and she's not just being shy because she's getting used to the place - I feel much more confident handling a mellow dog that an active one!
Stay tuned for the many adventures of Charlie Brown and Reece!