Her name was Daisy. Daisy the beagle to be exact. And I can still picture her sitting quietly on the brown velvet vintage couch that crowded the downstairs family room. She was our first family dog and one of two that never stayed. I remember as a child every time a dog was welcomed into our family from the classifieds (it sure was a different time back then), I would get attached immediately only to have the dog taken back shortly after. So always wanting a dog as a child, it never happened for more than a trial run. Until my parents remarried and I hit high school. I came home one day and there he was. The cutest little furball of a puppy sliding around the carpet and I couldn’t believe he was mine. The best surprise my parents ever gave me. I named this little yorkie, Choco (I was a big snacker back then, too). My parents named him Toy because he…well, looked like a toy. We bonded instantly and I would take him around with me as much as I could. Rollerblading around the neighborhood (me, not him, but that is a funny visual), to the beach. Until one day I moved out after high school. Because my parents had more time for him and me still being an active teen, took custody of Choco and I was still granted unlimited visitation rights. The loyal dog that made rounds to each of our rooms every night to make sure he got to sleep with everyone, somehow knew that I was moving out the next morning. He slept with me for the first time, for the entire night. And that made it harder to leave. After the kids moved out of the house for college, Choco was a huge blessing to my parents and became their third child. And that was the last time I had a dog.
That is until years later I moved in with Jin and became mommy to his maltese, Kimee. I remembered how nice it was to have a dog again. And the older I got, the crazier I became about dogs (and animals in general). To the point I wanted another one. Although I wanted a dog for the last several years, being in a condo and living a busy lifestyle working two jobs, it wasn’t realistic. So Jin proposed once we got a bigger space and in a place in our lives when we were ready to slow down and start a family would be the best time. This gave me time to think about what dog I wanted and it kept coming back to the goldendoodle. Known to be not only adorable, great family dogs but super smart and hypoallergenic (I promise I’m not a spokesperson for goldendoodles…maybe unofficially).
It was clear as Windex to Jin I was excitedly waiting for this moment. Kind of like a girl who leaves her boyfriend “engagement ring” hints to propose. Except come to think of it I never did that. But I did leave not-so-subtle reminders of this puppy promise until the time came after waiting patiently for years. Clear as in when I found out I was pregnant, I didn’t tell him we were having a baby. I told him “we’re having a goldendoodle!” (I had to make it memorable, right? :)) But really to be a little humorous in announcing the news of our new arrival without saying it directly.
The timing was perfect as after much research on a reputable breeder, I saw a post from a friend and old coworker that her goldendoodle breeder was having puppies. And we immediately put ourselves in line months in advance. We had some concerns and heard a lot of other people talking about the hard work of not only having two dogs but on top of that with a baby on the way. There might have been a couple “you’re crazy” comments here and there from friends. But apparently we haven’t done much by the books and so this wasn’t that strange for us. And even though Jin wanted to make sure this is what I truly wanted and was ready for, I knew 200% I was fully committed and ready to welcome this little joy into our lives.
After much brainstorming, we named him before we brought him home. Butter. After counting down the days til when we could finally meet whoever Butter would be, we arrived on a freezing cold day in Ellensburg where there were about five of the cutest puppies to choose from. We had chosen one from the photos ahead of time knowing that it might be different when we met them in person. Thankfully we had done some research on what to look for when choosing a puppy and actually ended up going with another dog. And as hard as it was at the time choosing just one to the point we wanted to take them all, we knew right away when we walked off that he was the one.
Even though there were initially some of the unknown as to what to expect having two dogs, from the first moment to six weeks in now, we already can’t imagine our lives without him. He has been a huge blessing and source of love and laughter. Of course it has taken a lot of effort and time raising a puppy (we joked it was just preliminary training for baby) it has been worth every second. We became quickly attached and treat him like he’s our child. And luckily Kimee thinks so as well. Really, she is so motherly that we think she thinks Butter is her son. She is much happier and her days are much more eventful. If she hears him bark or yelp from afar, she drops what she’s doing and rushes to him. Never seen her run so fast. And boy they weren’t kidding about the breed. He has not only been cute and cuddly but super smart!
Bringing Butter into our lives has been the best decision ever and we can’t get enough of him. And if you are considering getting a second dog (which is a question I’ve asked countless people), my personal opinion now is that I wouldn’t have changed it for anything.
The first day in his new home…as much as we’d love the credit, this wasn’t staged except for the puppy doll.
He plopped himself down by this big bear as soon as he got home.
Butter’s favorite toy coincidentally is the same as Kimee’s. Ducky!
Just a typical day of endless cuddles
Butter’s favorite place in the house. Under the couch.
Ooh, my favorite. Burgers and fries for lunch!
Butter trying on Kimee’s hand me down. It fits! (at the time this article was written, sadly it no longer fits. Womp womp.)
How’d I look?
Kimee’s daily routine of licking Butter’s ears clean
Do you think I have enough toys? Dont say yes…
And a look back to puppy selection day! The door opened, jaws dropped, our hearts melted.
Jin doing temperament checks on the little guys.
So hard to choose just one!
But when we did, we knew
Much to our surprise, he did so well on the two hour car ride home with his new family
It looks like Kimee, but it’s actually an impostor
The first time these two cuties napped together. Kimee don’t toot! Hehe.
And…our furry family!
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