*adopting Paddington

On Saturday my husband and I went to see the new Paddington Bear movie. I don’t recall reading the books when I was little, but I knew who Paddington was. He is definitely iconic.

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I wanted to see the movie because it looked very cute, as well as relive our London adventure!

The movie had a lot of deeper meanings, but my favorite was how adopting a pet can bring your family together! The mother in the story wasn’t afraid to walk up to Paddington and ask him where he was staying. She of course had to convince the husband to let them take him home for the night. A bear, or any animal of course is a curious creature, like any of our pets, Paddington made a huge mess shortly after entering their home. Of course he didn’t do it on purpose, but it made the father angry. The next morning the mother was supposed to take him to the authorities, but of course couldn’t because she interested in Paddington’s history. Paddington quickly turns into a hero, even for their teenage daughter. The mother could see the family was starting to change, and the father was starting to enjoy the adventure. After a bad guy gets Paddington into trouble, with the father extremely angry, Paddington runs away! The family then has to join together to find the one who could keep them together!

This story of course reminded my husband and I about adopting Bruce Wayne (our dog). He was such a hassle the first few days, he cried at night and explored into places he shouldn’t have. Over the years he still is a trouble maker, getting himself hurt, eating chocolate, chewing on clothes. But again, it is just his nature. Bruce Wayne has made so many of our friends and family smile and laugh. When you get home from a hard day at work and see his excitement, you can’t help but smile. The love of a pet brings families together. That’s what Paddington did for his adopted family! Please give your family the joy of having a pet! They can make your life so much more rewarding!

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“Saving one dog will not change the world, but surely for that one dog, the world will change forever.” ~ Karen Davison

*my “child”- bruce wayne

As much as I loved Princess, I also have fallen in love with my Pomeranian, Bruce Wayne. I have always been a dog person, so it took some begging to get Daniel on board. In September of 2011, we found a pomeranian breeder on the north side of Los Angeles. I wanted a Sheltie, but since we lived in an apartment I also wanted a smaller dog. We had every intention of getting Bruce’s sister, but when we arrived all she did was bark. Bruce came and set on Daniel’s lap and was quiet. Getting a boy dog also allowed us to name him Bruce Wayne, for Daniel’s Batman obsession.

It took three hours to get back to Orange County and Bruce was extremely frighten. He threw up, pooped and peed a lot during those three hours. The first week of sleeping was a nightmare too! We tried doing the crate thing at night but he would just whine. Daniel had to sleep on the floor next to him to keep him quite. We didn’t want to wake the neighbors.

(pictured below is Bruce within the first 30minutes of arriving home)

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He has been such a great blessing to our life. He is beyond excited to see me when I get home from work, that I can’t help but to be in a good mood! Daniel has absolutely fallen in love with Bruce. If we are gone too many hours from Bruce, Daniel starts to whine about how much he misses Bruce. He also hates it when Bruce spends the night at my parents. Bruce has definitely become our “child”. We take way too many photos of him, and I’m sure our family thinks we talk about him way too much!

(Below is my favorite picture of Bruce Wayne, a few weeks after we adopted him, shows you how small he was!)

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We had a lot of great adventures with Bruce the past three years! We had so much fun taking him to the Huntington dog beach, but he was terrified of the ocean! He’s been to the dog park infront of the Hollywood sign! He even flew with us to Indiana in July of 2013 to spend the week without a leash in my parents backyard. This fall we took him to the apple orchard for their corn maze!

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He used to hate car rides, he threw up on almost every ride! But we kept taking him on them so he would get used to it. Last year we bought a bridge for him to enjoy the back seat all by himself and he loves it! He did great on a journey to visit Ashley in Phoenix last February. And was prefect on our 30 hour road trip back to Indiana in May!

(below Bruce chewing on Cheerios on our road trip)

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He loves car rides, chewing on bones, cheese, people (he’s a people person, not a big fan of other dogs) and standing like a human! His new favorite thing is to sit on the ledge of our front window like a cat and people watch! He hates baths and when we leave. He throws his toys around and has angry barks, as sincere as we find it, the poor guy thinks we aren’t coming back!

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We love taking pictures of Bruce, most of my Instagram photos are of him. But I can’t help it, he is too cute! Some of the pictures I posted on Facebook are here!

“A dog has no use for fancy cars, big homes, or designer clothes. A water log stick will do just fine. A dog doesn’t care if you are rich or poor, clever or dull, smart or dumb. Give him your hear and he’ll give you his. How many people can you say that about? How many people can make you feel rare and pure and special? How many people can make you feel extraordinary?” ~Marly & Me, by John Grogan

*my childhood love, princess

I can’t believe it has been four years since I lost my childhood dog, Princess. We adopted her in the fall of 1996 after she had to spend the entire summer tied up outside. I remember the first time we met her at a Sheltie Rescue’s home, she jumped up on the couch and gave Ashley (my younger sister) a big kiss!

Most of my childhood memories include Princess, she watched over us as we played outside,  inside, and even got to go on a few trips with us! She loved chasing us when we would take her sledding!

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I taught her how to play hide and seek! I would tell her to sit and run into another room, then tell her to come find me! Princess was also always around to cuddle with, definitely when I was feeling sad. When we got a bunny, she loved him! They became good pals!

I didn’t take her death very well, I was heart broken. I luckily got to see her on her last day (I wasn’t living at home at the time). It was a spur of the moment decision to stop by the house after eating dinner with my dad, we found her in the kitchen floor and she couldn’t get up. My dad put her in the car to take her to the vet, she was old, so they decided the best thing to do was put her down. I waited to officially find out after my class was over, I cried the entire hour ride to my apartment. Came home and cried myself to sleep, and spent the next few days crying. Christmas was only a few weeks later and it was definitely difficult. She loved sitting with us while we opened Christmas gifts.

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She loved getting her picture taken, here are some of my favorite pictures that I put on Facebook! I hope many children get to experience a love of an animal. Princess was one of the kindest, very smart, and always lovable. She was a member of our family and will never be forgotten!

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Shelties can be a great addition to your family, please check to see if a sheltie rescue group is near you! If you are in Indiana check out this link: http://www.sheltie-rescue.org.

 

“Dogs are not our whole life, but they make our lives whole.”~ Roger A. Caras