If you know me well at all, then you know that I am not an animal “person”. Oh, I like animals and all, I just don’t get emotionally invested in them. I don’t know if this is because my family seemed to have a revolving door when it came to pets as I was growing up or because I’ve got “abandonment issues” from being a child of divorce (No need to roll your eyes; I’m doing it as I type this)(Which makes it hard to type, FYI) but I’ve never been the type of person to get all nuts and gushy about an animal.

We have a cat (Kitty) and a dog (Diesel) and chickens (they don’t count as “pets” in my opinion).

We adopted kitty six summers ago when her family moved overseas. She was almost seven at the time and was used to a toddler and she fit in well with wee Graham and newborn Nathan. I’ve always let her do her own thing, but in the last year or so I’ve found myself letting her “make cookies” on my lap while I watch TV. Matthew tells me that my softening toward her means that she’s probably going to die soon. Thanks, Honey.

In the spring of 2009 we got Diesel. By “we” I mean “Matthew”. Diesel is his dog, 110%. Diesel has been more along “the bane of my existence” vein if you’ve read my Tweets or Facebook statuses about him, but I have to admit that he’s been a lot less annoying in the last six months or so. He’s a good running companion and he’s gotten better at not taking off to visit the neighborhood dogs. I could do without his raunchy farts and the fact that he’s so stinking (heh) HUGE, but I no longer regret letting Matthew get him.

Why am I talking about all of this animal nonsense?

Because we went and adopted a five-month-old puppy. On my insistence. Oh, yes. Yes we did.

I’d like to introduce you to Miss Zoey.

I kind of love her.

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  1. Karishma December 9, 2010 12:13 am edit

    oh.my.god. she is ADORABLE!

  2. Ashley December 9, 2010 12:28 am edit

    She reminds me of our dog, Barney (as is Rubble, not the purple monster from hell). He was a wonderful size for kids, and cuddly and a cockapoo (which even 23 years later makes me giggle) and I miss him.

    Love every second with Miss. Zoey for me. Except if she poops on your floor, then you don’t have to enjoy it.
    .-= Ashley´s last blog ..30 Days – Day 2 It’s all about Love =-.

  3. Amanda Brown December 9, 2010 7:33 am edit

    When you say “make cookies” what do you mean? I am picturing cat turds lined up on your lap. :)
    .-= Amanda Brown´s last blog ..Holidaze =-.

  4. angella December 9, 2010 8:45 am edit

    Ha! When a kitty sit on your laps and kneads with her paws – my family has always called it “making cookies”. :)

  5. Rae (SmockLady) December 9, 2010 8:57 am edit

    LOL, I knew what you meant when I read that, but we always called that kneading dough. Same thing though.
    .-= Rae (SmockLady)´s last blog ..ka-boing! =-.

  6. Laura December 9, 2010 8:38 am edit

    Oh my goodness I can so relate. I’m totally not a dog lover, never wanted to have much to do with them even though we had a yellow lab for 13 years but she was 110% my hubbie’s dog. Last week we went and adopted a 1 yr old shih tzu/poodle and I am so in love. My friends wonder what the heck has happened to me. She is just the sweetest thing, oh my word.

  7. Marianne December 9, 2010 8:39 am edit

    Cutest. Thing. Ever. I just want to squoooosh her.

  8. Kami December 9, 2010 8:47 am edit

    I am a firm believer in getting emotionally attached to animals…my first baby was my cat Jessie. Life is richer for it, really is:)

    Your new dog is adorable!
    .-= Kami´s last blog ..Spontaneous Photography Field Trip =-.

  9. Mrs. Wilson December 9, 2010 8:54 am edit

    SHE IS SO ADORABLE! What kind of dog is she?
    .-= Mrs. Wilson´s last blog ..it’s a Christmas chree =-.

  10. angella December 9, 2010 9:01 am edit

    She’s 1/2 Shih Tzu (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shih_Tzu), 1/2 Cavalier King Charles Spaniel (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cavalier_King_Charles_Spaniel).


  11. Sizzle December 9, 2010 8:55 am edit


    I’m a sucker for animals and it warms my heart to see them being brought into loving homes. She’s a love. I can just tell.
    .-= Sizzle´s last blog ..Sing A Song =-.

  12. Rae (SmockLady) December 9, 2010 9:01 am edit

    Well, you are getting close to joining the ranks of a zoo. HA! Not so. She’s cute. If you ever get frustrated with the animals and kiddos noise levels or anything, come to my house for a visit and you’ll be dying to get back to your normal. 6 children, a large old dog, four cats (one we think will die soon, but she is very healthy, just OLD), and just two weeks ago I got a new puppy, too, and my son got a ferret. Wait, I need to rethink my offer; can I come visit you? ;)
    .-= Rae (SmockLady)´s last blog ..Sweatpants =-.

  13. angella December 9, 2010 10:00 am edit

    Sure! But I should warn you that Graham has asked for a guinea pig for his birthday (December 29th). ;)

  14. Sharon December 9, 2010 9:11 am edit

    Oh. my. lanta. What a cute little puppy!! I’m not a huge dog person, due to the fact that I was attacked by one as a kid, but I think I’d be okay with having a small one like yours. She’s so adorable.
    .-= Sharon´s last blog ..Friday Love – Christmas movies =-.

  15. JoL December 9, 2010 9:33 am edit

    awww – pretty puppy!


    and glad to hear you “adopted”!

  16. Danica December 9, 2010 10:21 am edit

    Oh she’s cute.
    .-= Danica´s last blog .. =-.

  17. Kerri Anne December 9, 2010 10:42 am edit


    (That’s seriously the first thought that popped into my brain when I saw that first picture of her. They are perfect puppy size matches!)

    Also, she is ridiculously adorable, and clearly already ridiculously loved.

  18. hillary December 9, 2010 11:38 am edit


    Sorry. I totally am one who gets emotionally invested in animals. All animals.
    .-= hillary´s last blog ..You Give Me Chills Then You Leave Me Cold =-.

  19. Brittany December 9, 2010 11:49 am edit

    So cute! Congrats on your newfound love of furry critters. I literally couldn’t be happy without my two cats Byron and Blake. (Yes, named after the poets… I was an English major. What did you expect?) Enjoy the adorableness! :)

    Also, I just joined Twitter a few weeks ago and have been loving your tweets. Thanks for sharing your life with us, Angella! You’re an awesome lady!

  20. annabelle December 9, 2010 1:09 pm edit


  21. Hannah December 9, 2010 1:18 pm edit

    She is so cute!!!!!

    We are getting a dog soon as well – the one we looked after for 2 weeks in June! That was my “happy & exciting news” on FB that I haven’t yet announced properly! ;-)

    I also did not know what “making cookies” meant, and like Amanda, started wondering if it had something to do with a bodily function … so thanks for setting me straight!
    .-= Hannah´s last blog ..I need a silent night =-.

  22. Jess - daysgoby December 9, 2010 1:23 pm edit

    Snort! You old softie you.

    We call that ‘making biscuits’ over here.

    She’s cute! And obviously has you wrapped around her paw.
    .-= Jess – daysgoby´s last blog ..dear people- I am insane =-.

  23. Sarah December 9, 2010 1:52 pm edit

    CUTE! Now I want a puppy.
    .-= Sarah´s last blog ..It’s cold outside And white But it’s not Christmas =-.

  24. Kristabella December 9, 2010 1:54 pm edit

    .-= Kristabella´s last blog ..Sweet Relief =-.

  25. amanda December 9, 2010 3:21 pm edit

    I’m sure you can hear my laughter from here…too funny that YOU insisted on the dog. :) That said…how can you not love that face. What a cutie.

  26. Victoria December 9, 2010 6:56 pm edit

    .-= Victoria´s last blog ..You Know =-.

  27. Mama in the City December 11, 2010 10:11 pm edit

    Awe! Love! Maybe it is also watching your children fall in love with a pet, that enhances your own experience? It’s a Christmas dog!
    .-= Mama in the City´s last blog ..Sweet Dreams- Tales Of Apartment Break-Ins And Bumps In The Night =-.

  28. Elaine December 14, 2010 9:40 am edit

    So, is she 110% Angella’s dog? She’s precious!!
    .-= Elaine´s last blog ..Hey Santa! =-.

  29. Nona Mills December 22, 2010 1:27 pm edit

    CUTE! Now I want a puppy. .-= Sarah´s last blog ..It’s cold outside And white But it’s not Christmas =-.

  30. Roshan January 1, 2011 6:02 am edit

    That’s a cutie. I love dogs. I am so jealous of you right now.

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