Sunday, September 19, 2010

Meet Lana

I would like to preface this by saying that we wanted a friend for Squiggy.  I felt bad for leaving him home alone while we were at work, and I felt like we weren’t spending enough time together before he fell asleep at night.  So, we talked about getting a friend for him.  We loosely looked around at pounds, but we knew we wanted a puppy – something that was young enough not to attack him, and something that would be big enough that it could hold its own toward him.

Lana (pronounced lawn-a) May (because Todd and I were married in May) was found while Todd and I were at a flea market on July 16th.  Yes, a flea market. I don’t necessarily agree with people selling animals at flea markets because I fear for the type of homes these animals may go to.  However, we walked by and she was with her little sister in a pen.  She was adorable with those puppy eyes.  Todd and I saw the price ($50) and we said we’d have to think about it.  Even the pound wanted over $100 total for a dog after all the fees and such. We walked around for another hour and talked about it while looking through the flea market.  This was mid-way through our counseling, and it showed that we were doing MUCH better at communicating about important things like this.  I was proud of us. 

After an hour, we decided that we wanted her.  So we went and bought her a harness and leash for $1, and then bought the puppy.  She was 7 weeks old when we got her.  8 lbs 13 oz. at her first vet visit a few weeks later.  About 3 weeks after that, she was 16 lbs 8 oz.  And upon today’s vet visit (September 15th), she is 26 lbs 8 oz.  Mind you, she is 3 weeks shy of her 4 month birthday.  We knew she would be a decent sized dog, but if she keeps growing at this rate, we are going to have a moose!

The first month together was not a pleasant one between Lana & Squiggy (and me too: very stressful!)   Now that Lana is almost as tall as Squiggy, she can hold her own.  Plus, he doesn’t hurt her when he throws her down.  She is still very much a puppy with a lot of energy.  Squiggy…not so much.  His main goal in life is food (just like me!).  Hers is play! This is a video of the two of them playing around in the yard two weekends ago.  Please excuse the laundry on the line.  
Some have mentioned that it looks cruel that Lana is doing that to Squiggy, but that is Squiggy playing.  He likes to chase things around. He does that to us in the yard even before we got Lana.  I think Lana is keeping him young, that’s for sure!  He has to stay on his toes to keep up with that little ball of energy.

To be honest, it hasn’t been until recently that I have felt a bond with Lana.  Lana loves Todd.  Respects Todd. Adores Todd.  Me, she misbehaves and is unruly.  Todd says it’s because I don’t discipline her, but who knows.  At any rate, I am finally feeling a bond with her as she calms down and is starting to listen to my commands.  I am enjoying our walks in the mornings and playing with her and Squiggy in the back yard in the evenings. 

If children are more work than these animals, I’m not sure I can handle it!

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