winners, mulch, and dogs




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Winners of the Lisa Leonard magnet sets are:
lisa leonard winners Jules and Jessica~congrats! Jules I haven’t heard back from you, so please get in contact with me~
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We are working on a mountain of mulch over here~we’re trying to figure out our landscaping and the 
weed situation is rather grim. The boys would rather just keep it as is:april 2011 017 1


When we were at baseball games last weekend I watched how completely smitten my boys were with dogs
april 2011 154 1  and began to think that we maybe we should consider getting one…april 2011 160 1 We keep telling ourselves not right now (because we already feel like a circus most of the time), but I’m afraid if we wait too long these sweet faces won’t be so little anymore…
isn’t it almost like having another kid in the family: the training, clean-up, grooming, food, exercise? Not sure if I’m ready to take that on right now?
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29 comments:

  1. Natalie Cox1/8/14, 8:07 AM

    My husband and I debate this on a weekly basis! It does seem like just having another child, but it also seems so fun! If you decide to go for it, I want to know you're thoughts.

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  2. Hi Melissa,
    A dog would be a great idea for the family. We have always had a dog. Here's a suggestion. We have done boxer rescue and I can't tell you how many we have fostered when a family is overwhelmed with children and a new puppy. Look for a rescue organization with a "toddler" aged dog.
    The rescue folks will have the dog trained and people/children ready and make sure your dog will be your forever friend. I can highly recommend boxers with children. Although their size is larger in males, my two females have been larger lap dogs at 45 lbs. They are gentle and great protectors. They are also great neighborhood dogs as they hardly bark. Let me know if you need any further info. Also, boxers must be indoor dogs as extreme temperatures can be dangerous for their snub noses/breathing. Nothing better than a wiggle but to keep you company!

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  3. We, like many others, are on the fence about getting a dog. With four kids (girls 6, 4 and 1 and baby boy 11 wks ), I think it may be a tad too early. We still have our hands full right now. Hubby and I both grew up with pets and want this for our kids as well. I appreciated what @Alicia and @Amie C shared. Good thoughts. =)

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  4. Just give it a LOT of thought! A LOT!! I have 3 little boys who were smitten over dogs too (that did not belong to them). We got one about 8 months ago and they just haven't been as interested as I expected. It's kind of like the newness wore off or maybe they were in love with the "idea" of having a dog. I promise you that it will be YOU to do the work; not them. Also, I don't know if you're planning on an indoor dog or outdoor dog but indoor is literally like another person added to the home. Dogs are precious and I don't mean to seem so negative about it but I just want to warn you to give it a LOT of thought. Type your comment here.

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  5. Ahhhh the joy of being a dog owner! We have two children and have had dogs for years before the children came around. The bond between a child and a furry friend it truly priceless!! We have 3 boxers and are getting another one and currently have a litter that is only 1 week old. We used to have Pit's but switched to Boxers and it's amazing how protective they are over our family. If anyone tried to get in our house with the Pit, as long as the person petted them the Pit's were perfectly content. With our boxers it's a whole new lever ... and a wonderful security blanket. You can't even pull in our driveway without the Boxers barking at the window.It's amazing what an awesome experience it is for our son Gunner. It can be tough, just like it can be tough with children but the bonds formed are amazing!

    It doesn't matter what happens during the day... when you walk into a room and your dog just looks up at you with a tail (or stump! lol) wiggling it's just precious! And a dog is always happy to see you!!

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  6. We are a boxer family of 3 and soon to be 4!! What awesome creatures they are! Our 1 year male is almost 70 lbs already! Fantastic Fantastic Dogs!!

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  7. We have two dogs and we love them dearly. They are part of our family but pets are very expensive, vet bills, heart worm prevention, flea/tick prevention, and you can't take them everywhere so you have to hire a pet sitter or board them, which can be very expensive too. I volunteer with our local Humane Society and encourage you to think long and hard about adopting a dog. If after careful thought and consideration, you decide to do it, please visit
    www.petfinder.com
    and look at all of the animals available for adoption.

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  8. Hi, you don't know me but I have been following your blog for a long time. I am an animal lover and currently have adopted a chocolate lab. Since getting her I have bought some books about training. My favorite one is (i think it's called) the loved dog. I also love to watch it's me or the dog. If you get on the net you can read about different breeds, (I just google them) and then you will find out what kind would best fit your family. Some dogs are way more active than others, some are more family friendly than others. Some are more prone to certain diseases and so forth. I hope this helps you to make a decision and find that perfect dog for your family. Lyn

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  9.  Hi Melissa! I read your blog every morning.  We adopted a shelter dog and she has added so much to our family.  We let the Humane Society know what type of dog we were looking for and they called us with a match.  You can also look at Petfinders.  I believe about 9 million dogs enter shelter each year and 4 million never find a home.  So you know my vote - definitely adopt a dog!

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  10. When our three boys were young we got a Golden Retriever puppy. It was one of the best things we have ever done! Yes, she was a lot of work but the joy she gave us as well as the life lessons my boys learned were worth their weight in gold. I'm not talking responsibilty as much as I am empathy,nurturing, and just unconditional, selfless love. To hear your teenage son talking "baby talk" to his dog when he thinks no one else is around was so heart warming. We lost her after 10 years this past summer but she was the light of our lives! You will never regret it!

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  11. We have a 9 month old puppy and have found out that we really aren't "pet" people.  It is A LOT of work!  We have gotten past the potty training now and he does great.  But, it's just one more thing to take care of.  For us, we are finding it tough to find people willing to watch him when we go out of town.  We can't just take off ... we have to make plans for the dog.  Someone asked us, if you knew then, what you know now, would you still have gotten a dog?  We said no.  I will say that our son absolutely adores the dog.  He is constantaly wrestling and playing with him.  I think that is the main reason why we are not giving him away.  :-)  Just being honest!  He has grown on us and is part of the family.  Don't rush into a decision, and good luck!

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  12. Becky@OrganizingMadeFun1/8/14, 6:02 PM

    Dogs are a lot of work -I'm not going to kid around with you. We did not get a puppy, ours was a year old from the animal shelter and could not be a sweeter, more loving dog! He's fantastic. The kids have pick-up poo and keeping up the outdoor water bowl duty - they trade off. We walk the dog when we walk to school -doing two things at once. I read up and studied and watched TV shows {dog whisperer, it's me or the dog} to make sure I understood what to do with a dog - I grew up with cats and that's all I knew! They are more work. Ours is seriously low maintenance - medium sized, short hair, and has never been to the vet in the two years I've had him! The kids adore him and we are all smitten by his sweet personality! When we go away, we have to get someone to dog sit. Yep, they are a lot of extra work and harder than a cat, but they sure are wonderful. But, think through it carefully and be sure to have the kids do a chunk of the chores cause Momma DOES wind up doing a lot - that dog loves ME best comes I'm home all the time and the kids are at school!


    Becky B.

    www.organizingmadefun.com

    Organizing Made Fun

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  13. melissa*320 sycamore1/16/14, 10:43 PM

    That is a good point. My sisters' dog they had when they were little (I was
    quite a bit older) just passed away and my parents probably aren't going to
    get another...

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  14. I can't imagine NOT having dogs in the house. There is nothing better than that sweet little face welcoming you home or snuggling up to watch tv or read a book with you. So what if they're extra work - everything takes work. But the reward so outweighs it. And I've watched kids who are around dogs all the time - they seem much more easygoing and balanced.

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  15. I had dogs before I had kids. We were without a dog for more then 5 years and finally got one again a little less then a month ago (I wanted to wait until my youngest was two). I had always raised dogs from puppies (from the humane society). The most important thing - I agree with the previous poster - the kids won't take care of the dog. They don't have that ability yet. You will take care of the dog - you will train it, you will feed it, you will vacuum up after it, you will (or your husband will) clean up the yard (you can train dogs to only go to the bathroom in a certain part of the yard and I would HIGHLY recommend that - less to worry about cleaning up). If you are serious I would strongly suggest researching the different breeds online. If you don't want a hyper dog - make sure you don't pick a breed known to be hyper. If you don't want to be walking your dog several times a day - don't pick a breed with high exercise needs. I knew all of this going in - I put in my application at the local animal shelter and then just waited. We ended up with a moderately energetic small mixed breed 2 year old dog that doesn't shed a lot - but does shed. Her integration into the family has been almost seamless. I spent a lot of time working on training her when we first got her. She still doesn't listen to all of her commands every time I tell her, but she is pretty good. You are going to have to work with the kids so that she respects them and listens to then - she shouldn't see them as littermates - they are higher in the pack order then she/he is. Here is a good site for learning about most breeds http://www.yourpurebredpuppy.com/dogbreeds/index.html -- I am not affiliated but did use it when researching potential new dogs. Good luck - I truly believe dogs enrich our lives. Last night the dog came into the dining room wearing a cape and a headband with my two little ones chasing her. We got a good one!

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  16. You should adopt a dog. Of course it will be a circus, but the boys will learn responsibility (although you will still be taking care of the dog) and compassion. It was amazing to see my tough boys baby-talk to the dog or cat. Do some research and find a dog breed right for your family. Then search the pound and adoption agencies. If you want a pure breed, find a rescue organization for that breed and contact them. Finding the right dog takes some effort, but its worth it.

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  17. It IS like having another child. However, eventually, the dog learns to listen to you and obey! :)

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  18. beester_20001/16/14, 10:43 PM

    What a timely post! I have been going back and forth about a dog. After weeks of negotiation (read: nagging) with the hubby, he finally texted me: "Why not? We only live once!" Yay! But now that I have the green light, I'm so worried about late night potty accidents in the house, the dog nipping the 2 yr old, etc. I scour the shelter lists each day, looking for a Golden Retriever (or mix), but from what I gather, the rescues SNATCH them up on the day they're available to the public, then resell them for way more than the shelter charges. I guess the more popular breeds provide them the $$ they need to rescue the less popular breeds. I get that, but it is frustrating to keep missing the opp. for these great dogs. Sorry for that tangent....
    Anyway, I look forward to seeing what you decide! In the meantime, I'll keep my eyes open for a good fit for us: 3 wiggly little boys and a tad bit of chaos! Take care!!

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  19. We started having the to-get-a-dog-or-not-to-get-a-dog talk a few months ago. I haven't been ready or willing to take on the extra work it would require. We have come to the conclusion to get a puppy at Christmas, from Santa. I think this might be our last Christmas with all 4 children believing in Santa, and will be a great memory for them all! Good luck with your decision!

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  20. Every kid needs a dog :) They are work, but soooo worth it :)

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  21. Clarendonlane1/16/14, 10:43 PM

    We seriously, just adopted a puppy this morning. Funny.

    I'm not a dog person, but so far what I've learned is this: picking a dog is like picking your eternal companion. Theres no such thing as perfect. Just find the one you're attracted to and commit to it for your lifetime. :)

    Goodluck!

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  22. thank you again! i am thrilled to have won! :)

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  23. petfinder.org is an online resource that you should check out. They have pet care information and great search options like choosing gender, breed, age and location. Best of all is that you are searching rescues not breeders. Plus it is easier to be reasonable when a pair of big brown eyes arent staring at you.

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  24. A puppy is a lot of work and it is so worth it if you have the time and patience for them. Definitely check the different breeds and find one that fits your life style. We have raised 2 from puppy hood and tried to adopt a 3 yr old without success as he didn't get along with our first. I wasn't a dog in the house kind of person until one fall day when an 8 week old black lab/golden retriever stole my heart. Now I can't imagine my life without dogs. They welcome you home with a wag and a smile and nothing beats that after a long day.

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  25. Okay, here's my 2 cents...puppies are irresistibly cute, but they are a lot of work! I speak from experience. Our Boston terrier is just turning 4 years old and she's just recently started to settle down a bit. The first year really is a little bit like having a new baby. If you're up for that, fine. If you think you might not want the hassle, then I would recommend a dog that's 2 or 3 years old. A shelter is a good place to look, but I would also recommend asking around to see if anyone knows of anyone who's trying to rehome their dog. That way you'll have a little better idea of the nature and disposition of the animal (theoretically).
    Good luck, and have fun!

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  26. Jamie_hodgkin1/16/14, 10:43 PM

    Those boys are SO darn CUTE!!!!! I just love those brown eyes!

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  27. melissa*320 sycamore1/16/14, 10:43 PM

    Thank you for all the info, Amie~this is great.

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  28. so I have 4 boys...and was on the fence about a dog for a long time..too much work, etc. then on easter my aunt was telling me that we should get a puppy that's about a year old (so you don't have to deal with the housebreaking, etc). The next day I looked at the local humane society's web page and there was this dog on there....11 months old, doesn't shed, small-ish (20 pounds)....she was perfect. We've had her for 2 weeks now and it has not been that bad. She's only had one accident in the house, and other than the kids adjusting to life with a dog (having to not leave the front door wide open, etc.) it has been pretty easy. The kids have loved it, and i don't have that mom-guilt anymore about not getting my kids a pet. I'm still working on getting the kids to feed her, etc...but hopefully that will come in time.

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  29. We are and always will be a  BOXER family too!  Like Lisa says, they are "gentle and great protectors"!  The one we have now is our 5th - and 4 of the 5 have been rescues!  We have always been partial to the females because they seem to be much more calm and not as hyper as the males.  Tho the one we have now IS a male, but because of his abuse (he was 25lbs @ a year and a half old-should have been twice that), he is VERY laid-back.  They just want someone to LOVE them and not hurt them anymore.  Be aware tho, that some rescue organizations won't adopt to families with small children.  They feel that the dogs have been thru enough and don't want small children pulling on them and scaring them.  One rescue org we checked into wouldn't place a dog in a family with children under 5y.o.  (not a problem for us) 
    An example of protective - when our grandson was about 4, he was standing on this side of an 8ft chain-link fence watching the firemen putting out a brush fire across the street from where we were camped.  The nice firemen saw him standing there and came over to talk to him.  Jessie (boxer) saw them walk up to Tyler and RAN over and stood between him and the fence and firemen!  She didn't bark or growl - just stood there daring them to try to touch him!  She LOVED Tyler - used to sleep next to his bouncy-seat when they would come visit when he was a baby!

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