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Coming soon, Summer 2011 Part 2 (another picture slideshow for your viewing pleasure) or otherwise titled “what I’ve been doing instead of writing”. I have loads of pictures to share (thus the slideshow but this time it’ll be broken up by category…new nephew, birthday, etc) and some nits that I have to express (always so much fun to rant and rave).

I’ve also made the decision to update my blog look and remove Wonder Dog from the title. His ascension to doggie heaven in June was too fresh over the summer for me to even think about it but it’s time. He will remain a part ofThe Adventures Of in my heart, in spirit, in the About Me page and as an icon on my button but the title moving forward will beThe Adventures of Captain Fussypants and Little Miss.

In the last few weeks I’ve come to realize that I miss having a dog as a member of our family. Adding another pet to the mix is something I’ve given a lot of thought to since we lost Caleb the Wonder Dog but I just haven’t been ready.

On my birthday my family took me out to breakfast and in the span of an hour we met two different couples with puppies, who had also lost their goldens a few months before. Little Miss was gaga over the dogs. She goes gaga over any dog, really, even pictures of them. That day was the beginning of me thinking about adding a pet to our family.

My son’s preschool class has a question of the day that greets the children every morning. The parents read it and the child chooses their answer and signs their name under the answer they pick. On Friday, the question was “Do you have any pets at home?”.

Fussypants was the fourth child to arrive that day and at the time, the only one to sign his name under No. And I got a pain in my heart seeing that. And I realized how much I missed Wonder Dog and how much I miss having a pet.

Growing up we always had pets, from the time I was born. I think my freshman year at college was the only time I lived without a pet. I got Korby my sophomore year (the timing was so that I didn’t have to live in my sorority house, not a fan of minimal privacy and sleeping porches) and had her for 11 years, until 2001. I met my hunky husband in 1996, he had Hailey, and we had her until 2009. We got Caleb in 2000 and had him until 2011. Losing three dogs to old age in ten years sucks but the flip side of that is all the life we had with those pets in all those years.

I watch how happy my children are playing with my parents’s puppy and my mom-in-law’s dog and how excited Little Miss gets when she sees dogs in general. And I know I feel safer having a dog at home. It’s just not me to not have a pet. I’m ready.

I’d like to get a rescue dog, and have been searching petfinder.com. I’ve found a few who I could see being part of my family. Now I just need to convince my hunky hubby.

*I posted this using the updated wordpress app for iPad. Not all the bells and whistles as using my laptop but functional and efficient!*



  1. OpinionsToGo says:

    Love your post! Happy to see you are writing again. I know you will keep us up to date on your search for just the right puppy to join your little family!

    • Gingerbreadmama says:

      Thank you! We signed up with a Golden Retrienver Rescue Group. We have our home visit this weekend and will hopefully be matched with “our” dog soon!

  2. Losing a pup is always so hard :(. I’m happy you are looking for a new four-legged family member. I found Patch on petfinder.com. That website is so addicting. So many dogs looking for a home. Good luck!!

    • Gingerbreadmama says:

      Petfinder IS addicting!!! We signed up with a Golden Retrienver Rescue Group. We have our home visit this weekend and will hopefully be matched with “our” dog soon!

  3. Loosing*

  4. Welcome back. I’ve missed your writing.

    Good luck finding a new dog. Talk to Nancy!

    • Gingerbreadmama says:

      I did talk to Nancy, and we went to two shelters. We opted to go with a rescue group because LK really wants another golden retriever, and because their dogs are in foster homes so they have a better idea how kid-friendly they are as opposed to a shelter dog (unless it’s an owner surrender, it’s just a wildcard if they like kids or not).

      We have our home visit this weekend and will hopefully be matched with “our” dog soon!

  5. Glad to see you back!! Good luck with your new dog search :)

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