How cute is this picture of my niece!? lol She cracks me up. :)

I just had to share this picture because it totally makes me happy. :)

Another thing that's totally making me happy?....

That's right! She's ours! :) Oh my gosh, and what it took to get her...whew. Let's just say it was no small feat.

So we leave our house in Virginia at 9:30-ish in the morning. We start driving toward Caroline County, Maryland to get to the shelter thinking we'd probably get there by 12, right? Well, first there was MAD traffic on the beltway, so that wasn't happening. They were doing construction on a Friday (um, hello...worst day and time EVER to do construction work on the beltway) so they had the 2 left lanes completely blocked. Ugh. I'm freaking out the whole time because the shelter closes at 4:00 and I'm super anal about time and wanted to get there by at least 1:00 so we'd have time to play with/meet Shanti (her name before we changed it.. ;)) for a little while and then if we got her we'd need time to fill out paperwork, etc.

So after sitting in traffic for a good hour we finally get through, but by the time we got to the shelter it was....no lie....1:45! I was so annoyed. But we finally found it and practically sprinted to the front door. So we go in and at the front desk we tell them we're there to see Shanti so we can introduce her to Bradley. The shelter doesn't normally adopt puppies to families with kids under 5 so we had to bring B and make sure that the two of them got along ok. But when I told the guy that we were there to see her his face fell. And I could immediately feel my heart start beating out of my chest. He was like "um, they told you to come see her today?" and all I could manage to say was "yes, we spoke with Virginia and she told us to come today." Well, apparently she was at the flippin' vet getting spayed right then! UGH! So our options were to drive back the 3.5 hours it took us to get there (not gonna happen) or we could wait an hour for her to get back from the vet. Yea, we chose option B.

So we end up sitting in Dave's truck for a little over an hour because it is a lovely 98 degrees in the SHADE and the shelter wasn't much cooler. So we go back in and during the 10-15 minutes that we were back in the shelter TWO other people came to see Shanti. Yea, she's that cute. So there were basically 3 of us vying for this dog. It was bad. So after making calls to our previous vets, the lady at the shelter came out and as soon as she walked out of her office Bradley says "excuse me, can we take Shanti home?" lol I swear this was TOTALLY unrehearsed. We didn't bribe him or tell him to say that or anything. It was totally genuine.

And um, my kid's cute, so how can you say no, right? ;) So the shelter lady sticks her pinky out and gets down to B's level and says "if you pinky swear that you'll take really good care of her, Shanti can go home with you." WOOOOOOOOOT! :) OMG the three of us freaked out. We were so excited! So the 3.5 hour car ride was totally worth it! YAY!

And now Elliott (yes, Elliott) is ours! She is so so amazing! And fun! And she can already sit and lay down and she knows the word no and she knows her new name. *sigh* This is totally all I wanted! I'm so happy! So keep an eye out for new puppy layouts! I've never scrapped about a dog before so it should be interesting! :)

That was an epic post, so if you're still reading, thanks for sticking around. ;) And if you have any puppy tips let me know!


Peggy Severins said...

Congrats on the puppy. She looks absolutely adorable. Too cute!

undonegirl said...

Chew toys, chew toys, chew toys. That's about all I can say about that! She is adorable and once again, chew toys, chew toys, chew toys! : ) If you remember...I have three dogs...

Traci Keriazakos said...

Hi I am one of your sistas over at sis. COngrats on the puppy. Here is what I learned from raising a great dane: BUY THIS BOOK FAST-


It is called the art of raising a puppy. Excellent book.


Angela said...

Have fun with your puppy!

Anonymous said...

Congrats honey! You guys deserve this! Elliott is one pretty puppy!!! You got me all teary eyed with what Bradley said to the lady at the shelter! Love, Jenn Jedi