The Lord is our Portion

The Lord is our Portion

Friday, March 25, 2016

our newest addition

We added a standard poodle to our already crazy family! We love the social, emotional and physical benefits animals have on children/people we have always had pets. We have seen amazing calming effects from animals for our children and even had our son in therapeutic horseback riding a few years ago. Friends of ours have a golden doodle and we saw the same soothing effect again for our kids so we began looking into getting a larger dog for our family. We wanted something that didn't shed, was loyal, smart, trainable and could handle lots of kids/chaos. We hope to train our puppy as a companion/emotional therapy dog -the goal is to help soothe our own emotionally challenged children and provide outlet for momma too! Then we plan to take him to the children's hospital we use for blessing #6, food pantry's, nursing homes and possibly a reader dog at a library or school.

We researched a lot! It was important to us to make sure we were getting a puppy with a good pedigree because then we hope to have temperament that is consistent with poodles. So we interviewed many breeders (even lost a small deposit-there are so many unethical breeders and puppy mills out there), found out how many litters they had a year, checked on health testing for both parents both of his parents(were glad that both of his parents are grand champions), kept the puppy with the mom at least eight weeks (or more) and was well socialized....after months of searching we finally found a breeder the next state over from us with one puppy left from current litter. Hubby is so patient with me (and loves me lots) so he agreed to go check the puppy out! The day came when we were going to meet the puppy and his mom...we loaded the kids up in the van with lots of snacks and movies and drove 4 1/2 hours to the breeder (who is a vet also). The puppy seemed to have the temperament that we were looking for and his mom was spot on what we were looking for...Blessing #5 wanted to take the mom home! We came home with our new friend that day!

So introducing.....Victor Hugo (Hugo)

love how he is sitting and watching Blessings 5 & 6 outside playing

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