Two weeks ago today, we surprised the kids with this:
To say they were excited is an understatement.
Caleb has asked for a dog for as long as we can remember. There were so many reasons NOT too get one….
But there was one reason to get one:
Caleb runs around in the yard with Cooper close behind. He loves to chase the soccer ball as Caleb kicks it.
Sarah now has a real living thing to pour her love into. I often look out back and she is carrying the poor dog and putting him in her lap. Cooper is trapped to her affections. He doesn’t seem to mind.
Cooper is a Xoloitzcuintli. Yeah, I know, you have never heard of it.
Me either until my husband clued me in.
There was ALOT of research that went into Cooper.
We needed a dog that would not shed because Bryan has allergies.
We wanted a dog that would play with Caleb and be somewhat “boyish”.
We did not want one that was too big because we knew it would be in the house a lot.
We wanted one that would be trainable.
We had a Beagle before, so we wanted one that would not did up cement (that we buried under the fence) to escape.
So…. Hence, the Xolo (pronounced SHOLO).
Cooper is hairless….Yes, as in no hair. Well, he actually has a little on his face, paws, and tail.
I know, it is strange.
We are already comfortable with that.
I haven’t even got half the stares I expected when running with Cooper. (I thought people would see my dog and try to get far away b/c they may think something is wrong with him.)
It is a little weird the first time you pet him because dogs have hair, right?
It is really funny to see people touch him for the first time.
They don’t really know how too.
But once you pet him and see he responds just like any other dog, the weirdness seems to to away.
And, Sarah is excited that she will actually get to put clothes on him…
In the Winter, when we go out for walks, he will need to have some clothes on.
Caleb has requested an AU jersey for him.
So, I have been asked if I am still happy we got a dog.
The answer is yes!
There is some responsibility, but it is not near as bad as I had expected. I guess I had built it up in my head to ALOT of work.
There is some work involved and we really need a trainer to help us figure out a few things.
BUT, the good really does outweigh the bad.
So, I’m glad we took the plunge.
We are now a dog family!