As you all know, we went to get our puppy last Friday. What you may not know is that getting said puppy entailed a three-hour drive. EACH WAY.

As we set out to embark on our epic journey, the kids asked Daddy if we were going to set up the DVD player. “Oh, no,” was his reply, “We don’t need it.”

This is where I pointed out that when we make trips to the Coast it takes us just over three hours, and we always hook up the DVD player. ALWAYS. For some reason he thought that this trip would be different; that toys and books and pointing out random farm animals would make the trip OK. I sighed (LOUDLY), buckled the kids in, and resigned myself to a DAY OF HORRORS. I was right. There were tears, meltdowns, a daughter voiding in her car seat. There were endless questions of, “Are we there yet?” There may or may not have been toys thrown in frustration. There were many a few times where I leaned over to my dear husband and whispered (LOUDLY) “I told you so.”

OK. That last paragraph was a BIG FAT LIE.  Well, apart from the, “Are we there yet?”

How much farther Papa Smurf?

The kids were amazing. (Please don’t hate me.) We had to stop fairly frequently for Miss Potty-Trained, I-Need-To-Pee-Even-If-It’s-Only-A-Dribble Emily. There were also two stops that involved children, taking a dump, while their mother helped them hover. DON’T ASK.

Oh! And then there was the fact that I did not want to eat at A&W with the rest of the family because of my stupid (self-imposed) health guidelines. There was an extra twenty minutes added onto trip so that Mommy could FIND A HEALTHY LUNCH OPTION ALREADY.

We finally got to the acreage where our puppy was born. There were two boys for us to choose from and we did not know how to decide. They were almost identical, except that the larger one had some white tufts of fur on his back paws. How to choose, how to choose?

Matthew picked up the smaller one. He snuggled right into his chest then looked up and licked his chin.

First Cuddle


We had brought a crate along. Our new puppy was placed in the crate, the kids were buckled in, and we started the long trip home. Our puppy (Diesel is his name) started to cry. The kids deduced that he was probably missing his family. I agreed that he was probably sad to be saying goodbye to his Mom and Dad, and his brother and sisters.

Nathan started to cry. Big, fat, crocodile tears.

He was heartbroken that Diesel was sad. That he was leaving his Mom and his Dad. GAH! What a tender-hearted kid he is. I explained that this is what happens with dogs. They are born and then get to come to live with new families. That I was now Diesel’s Mom, and that Matthew was now his Dad. I said that he and Graham were now Diesel’s brothers and that Emily was his sister (A bit of a stretch, yes, as I am not THAT crazy, but it stopped the tears.)

Before we knew it, we were home. We have been getting to know this new member of our family, and he is pretty neat. I’ll stop talking and just show you.

The kids like to pick him up.


I’ve told them that it won’t be long before he’s too big, so enjoy it while they can.




Emily finally managed to pick him up. Doesn’t he look pleased?

Emily & Diesel

Poor dude.

He sleeps a lot.

G & D

Just like a newborn.


He also cries a lot. Like a newborn.

He likes to chew stuff. This has been a great lesson for everyone (myself included) to stop leaving their crap all over the floor.

Chew chew chew

Speaking of crap, guess which puppy pooped on Emily’s Princess Dress?

Puppy dog eyes

Good thing he’s so cute.


We’ll keep him.

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  1. Momo Fali May 10, 2009 6:04 pm edit

    You’re going to be saying that, “Good thing he’s cute” thing a lot. A whole lot. Like yesterday, when our puppy got a UTI and had to pee every few seconds (literally), and needed emergency vet services, and then when she peed all over her crate SIX times during the night. Yep. Good thing she’s cute.

    But, no matter what. You’re going to love this.

  2. Amanda Brown May 10, 2009 6:06 pm edit

    I can’t WAIT to see him and snuggle his sweet little puppy face. He’s adorable and it sounds like everyone is more that smitten. So fun!

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  3. Sherry May 10, 2009 6:11 pm edit

    That face is KILLING me. And yes, having a Beagle I have frequently said, “you’re lucky you’re so cute or you’d be GONE” but puppy eyes are irresistible aren’t they?

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  4. Sharon May 10, 2009 6:23 pm edit

    SO adorable! Little puppies are the best! I especially love the expression on Emily’s face as she’s picking him up in the first picture. Hee!

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  5. Amanda May 10, 2009 6:51 pm edit

    OMG, how totally cute is your puppy. I love it…hopefully the crying stops soon so you can get a whole night sleep.

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  6. Jennifer Kirk May 10, 2009 7:12 pm edit

    GAH! I love puppies! Oh, the cuteness!!!

    (btw – I can empathize with your first commenter, he had a $1200 emergency surgery when at 8 months old. (He’s now 8yrs and we just experienced his first UTI, yep, that sucked too!) Check out VetInsurance, I bought our policy after the surgery (bummer) but they ROCK, they cover everything but routine maintenance, and now when our crazy Lab eats whatever he finds I can sleep easier at night.)

    And… back to the subject at hand… the CUTENESS!!!
    Seriously looking forward to your amusing stories to come!

  7. Kami's Khlopchyk May 10, 2009 7:43 pm edit

    I wish I had your dedication on the eating front, I would just eat the dang teen burger and then feel gross after. I am a slow learner.

    He is cute. I’ll give you that. But then again I don’t have to clean up after him too ;)

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  8. Kerri Anne May 10, 2009 7:43 pm edit

    This is giving me puppy flashbacks to when Iggy was just a wee pug. We didn’t sleep for three nights in a row and thought we were going to lose our MINDS. Good thing he quickly grew out of the crying all night phase.

    (Also: Diesel is ADORABLE, of course!)

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  9. slynnro May 10, 2009 8:00 pm edit

    So cute. SO SO CUTE.

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  10. Andrea May 10, 2009 9:19 pm edit

    Isn’t he a little stud! Lovin’ those puppy eyes… he’s a natural in front of the camera already :)

    I know Diesel is going to be a very happy boy, living in your family!


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  11. karen May 10, 2009 9:44 pm edit

    One of the main reasons that I cannot wait until Danny & I move into a house together (as opposed to an apartment) is that then we could finally get our own puppy! Or our starter kid as we like to think of it :)

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  12. Jen May 10, 2009 10:07 pm edit

    Okay, so he IS cute. But I still don’t like dogs. But he is cute. But I still don’t like dogs. But … SOO COOL YOU HAVE A DOG!!

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  13. Hannah May 10, 2009 11:22 pm edit

    Awww, Diesel is very cute! I’d love to get a puppy but I am soooo put off by the crying thing … it would be like having a newborn! I don’t think I could handle it, seriously.

    I’m glad your kids were so good on the long drive(s). We don’t even have a DVD player for the car so my boys are used to entertaining themselves on long trips. We play “I spy” a LOT. It gets tiresome, but the kids love it. It’s always good to get to where we are going though ;-)

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  14. Michele May 10, 2009 11:57 pm edit

    Oh my goodness…He is adorable! I think Diesel is the perfect name! The kids look like they’re just loving it! And Nathan is so sweet…Good luck with your new baby :)

  15. joyce May 11, 2009 4:08 am edit

    OMG I want to kiss him all over. And over again.

    Love the name too.

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  16. Assertagirl May 11, 2009 5:46 am edit

    Can’t look! Too cute! Want puppy.

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  17. Kate May 11, 2009 5:51 am edit

    What a cute little boy! (I love puppies!) The best part? Their ability to stop, fall and sleep anywhere. Aren’t you glad the pooping/chewing/accidents phase doesn’t last long? :)

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  18. Julienne May 11, 2009 5:51 am edit

    So jealous. Everyday I e-mail my boyfriend with ads about puppies and new names that I’ve come up with.


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  19. Sizzle May 11, 2009 7:03 am edit

    He’s so adorable! I kind of think it’s hilarious that he pooped on a princess dress. ;-)

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  20. ali May 11, 2009 7:29 am edit

    make sure you hide your underwear and your heels.
    Indiana had destroyed all of mine!

    (ps. THE CUTENESS!)

  21. Leah May 11, 2009 7:48 am edit

    my brother is a diesel mechanic & he named his great Dane diesel. If your Diesel shares the same personality as his, you are going to to have a really wonderful dog. I’m not a dog person at all but Diesel makes my heart melt every time I see her. Good name choice!

  22. Domestic Extraordinaire May 11, 2009 8:18 am edit

    The cuteness….only thing that has kept Oscar around for the 3 plus years when he decides to find & help himself to my dark chocolate covered fruit.

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  23. Kristin May 11, 2009 8:20 am edit

    That is looking like one well loved puppy! :)
    I am sure everyone is having loads of fun getting to know the newest member of the family.

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  24. Ashley May 11, 2009 9:09 am edit

    What a cutie! Makes me want a puppy even more….they’re just so stinkin’ sweet :) But lookout for your shoes and your dining room chairs. When we got our retriever he was a chewer, we went out one afternoon after we’d had him 4 or 5 months and figured he’d be fine. We came home and he’d eated the support bars out of 4 dining room chairs. Eaten them not just chewed them, there was no sawdust they were just gone.

    Anyways, just fair warning, enjoy your new baby!

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  25. Meg May 11, 2009 10:41 am edit

    Awwww, poor Nathan!!! I hope knowing he has a new “brother” helps him feel better about little Diesel crying!!!
    He is sooooo adorable, I love the shots of the kids picking him up :D

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  26. Kristabella May 11, 2009 12:19 pm edit

    OMG! I just died from the cuteness! That is the cutest puppy EVER!

    Also, I love Nathan.

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  27. Elaine May 11, 2009 1:23 pm edit

    Wish I could pet him through my screen, he looks so soft! Congrats on your new family member, he’d just the icing on the cake! : )

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  28. Chris May 11, 2009 2:55 pm edit

    Absolutely precious!!!

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  29. Heidi F May 11, 2009 3:01 pm edit

    Pooped on the princess dress! HA!!!

  30. Mel May 11, 2009 5:18 pm edit

    His colouring is amazing! I’ve never seen a sheppie like that before. But, seriously fluffy puppy smell, O.M.G. Congrats!! Thanks for the super sweet pics.

  31. metalia May 11, 2009 6:42 pm edit

    ACK! SQUEEE! PUPPEH! (Sorry, my brain can’t put together anything more complex than that because OMG LOOK NOW FRIGGING CUUUUUUTE.)

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  32. Danica May 12, 2009 10:16 am edit

    Oh, he’s cuuuuuuute.

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  33. Jazz May 12, 2009 11:59 am edit

    He is too cute!!!

  34. 180/360 May 12, 2009 6:43 pm edit

    I’ve always wanted a puppy. :)

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