Why I’ll be wearing black every day from now on. . .

I am a dog owner for the first time in my life. My girls and I drove to Connecticut to meet the van that held our new family member, all the way from Indiana.


We were at the end of the pick up line, and so we watched dog after dog come out of the van to meet his new owners.

Finally, Star came out to meet us. I wasn’t sure what to expect having seen only a couple of photos of her, but my first thought was, “Oh, she is so cute and so much smaller than I thought!” And then I thought, “ZOMG, she is STRONG! And can PULL!” as she dragged me across the parking lot.
The hour-and-a-half ride home was long, but, all things considered, awesome. No barking, no whining, no eating my minivan’s back seat despite all the food that is ground into it.
And now that she’s home, she seems so eager to please and to be a part of our family. On Twitter tonight, I joked “This dog already looks at me with way more devotion than any of my kids. She’s going to do wonders for my ego.”
I can’t tell you how many times I’ve thought of Jesse today, the dog I met years ago when I volunteered in an animal shelter. There is something in the goofiness of Star’s mannerisms, in the way she tries to jump up to kiss you—not a great behavior, mind you—and in her wish to be with a person all the time, that reminds me of the little shelter dog I loved so many years ago but couldn’t adopt.

Welcome home my silly, eager, slobbery* baby.

*have you ever seen a lab drink out of a water bowl? oy! good thing she’s cute!


  1. the new girl says

    Awww. I MISS my boy. Mine was yellow, so NO BLACK. And LINT-ROLLERS IN EVERY ROOM!


  2. Chicky Chicky Baby says

    She's a cutie! I can't wait to meet her. Give me a holler if the pulling gets to be too much. 😉

  3. Welcome to the family, Star. It looks like you've joined a great one.

  4. Tracey - Just Another Mommy Blog says

    🙂 Awesome! We are looking for our first dog, too. Can't wait to find him/her…

  5. She is cute! I have been gone a while but now I am back. i have missed reading your blog a lot! We have a Pug, Chloe, and she is like 11 years old, poor girl, deaf and going blind…and the hubs and my 16 yr old are talking of getting another dog…ummm No! LOL

  6. She's adorable, congratulations! And, yes, we have a lab and the trail of water left on the floor after a few gulps is not to be believed!

  7. Nan | WrathOfMom says

    Congrats. She's cute! AND SHINY!

  8. One thing about slobbery drinkers: My friend had one and never thought it was a problem, until she went to redo the kitchen and had to pull up the floors because there was a rotten hole Right Where The Dog Bowl Was.

    Get a boot tray to stick under the bowl.

    PS. CONGRATULATIONS on the new family member!


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