Writer. Mom. Daydreamer. Dog's Best Friend.
So, I would like to introduce you to the newest member of our household: Puzzle. She is a 10 1/2 week old Miniature Schnauzer. You will have to excuse the quality of her photos. She likes to be right next to me and that makes it hard to get a good shot.
Oh, you want to know why I named her Puzzle? Well, because I love The Chronicles of Narnia and in the final book, The Last Battle, there is an endearing character, a donkey, named Puzzle. My daughter, Meghan, and I always thought that would be a fabulous name for a dog. So, there you have it…Puzzle.
Yes, yes….She is very cute. I love dogs and everything but would not have bought one right now except for the fact the children wore me down with their begging for months and months. I, you see, know how much work a puppy is and I also know that no matter how much they promise to help that this dog is, in fact, mine and mine alone. They will play with her but I will be her main caregiver and she already knows it. How could she not? I was up with her all last night while she had…..diarrhea.
Here is the amazing part…she made it outside every single time except for the first one. I have no doubt it was God’s mercy to me, because you know, I would have been the one to clean up the accidents.
At one point, in the middle of the night, she had some trouble settling back down to sleep after being sick so I placed her on my chest as I lay on the couch. I felt her little heart racing, and racing. Then, it slowed and she went to sleep and I thought….AAAAAAHHHHHHH! I HAVE ANOTHER BABY! WHAT HAVE I DONE?????????
We were at the vet’s bright and early. Guess what she has? You will never guess. Okay, all parents who have adopted from Haiti, guess!!! She has…GIARDIA!!!!
If you don’t know why that is hysterical, here goes: Giardia is the most common parasite for kids who are adopted from orphanages. One of my girls came home with a raging case of it. Here is the really weird part…the puppy is on the medicine they prescribe for humans, Flagil. I laughed out loud when the vet told me.
It was a crazy laugh, mind you. Not a funny, “ha, ha” laugh…….
I’m trying not to fall in love with Puzzle, but the truth is….I’m failing miserably.
I was thinking this morning as Ro and I were walking Puzzle, that she will probably be good for me. I tend to take myself far too seriously at times. Every time I turn around, I find that I have forgotten to savor life, and puppies….well, they are all about savoring life. Besides, I know she is meant to be mine. As soon as I put my orange mocha down on the porch, she tried to drink it.
I told her that might not be the best for a G.I. tract ravaged by Giardia…..