Thursday, September 08, 2011

The Day That Dr. Gooch Caved



Was three weeks ago today.  It was after one of "Durham's Finest" snuck in my front door causing my entire sense of balance, safety, and control to crumble to the carpet.  I'm learning to compensate for the lost balance, and the control began drifting away long ago on June 25, 2003 when Seth pushed his way painfully into this world and turned mine...well, into that of a mother.

But safety?  Couldn't I DO something about that.  Would I ever get our safe haven here at Cicada Cottage back?  (PS This question of safety and our control over it is a much bigger question than can be answered in this post and will require one of its own).

Yes.  After months years of petitioning, I called Dr. Gooch who was hours away on that fateful night and told him "A man just walked into our house!" and among other things, he said, "You can get the biggest a**ed dog you want".  Now, Dr. Gooch never swears.  And he certainly has never sworn on this blog.  But he swore just then.  Because he was serious.  He was serious which meant I had been given the green light.

For the next several days, I busied my mind with the business of bringing a pooch into our home.  A happy diversion.  I called my go-to girl who never lets me down and she pointed my efforts to a rare-but-gaining-popularity breed.  I read up on them here and here and here (no those aren't links).  She was right, they seemed to fit the bill to a T.

The Wirehaired Pointing Griffon.

 They were born 5 weeks ago in Rupert, ID.

 In October, I will fly west to bring one of the girls home to be my faithful companion and comrade in arms.  Together we will fortify the CC, bark and bite both!

Will you help me choose a favorite (even though I have last pick of the litter?)  Here are the daughters of Rose and Bonsai (see above photo of the Sire), one of whom we will raise as our own:


Ember

Spring

Ruby

Powder


Meadow

Read all about the breed here.  The WPGs seem a perfect match for us.  I don't know if I believe that adopting a puppy is really like having another child.  Is it?  If so...well, I guess we're due.  Avery IS 3 years old.

26 comments:

kera said...

#1 choice spring. #2 choice meadow. i am soooo sorry you had to deal with an intruder. how scary. i do try hard {very hard} to not let fear overtake my life but it does and it's something i have to work on seemingly daily. that {an intruder} is a fear of mine. praying for safety and peace. always the saying that God will not give us more than we can handle.....yet sometimes it feels TOO much. i've been listening to a song that says something about You {God} must think i'm really strong to give me so much more than i think i can handle. so God must think you are REALLY REALLY strong!

kera said...
This comment has been removed by the author.
Karen said...

I also thought Spring first, and Meadow second! Spring will surely "spring" into action to protect your family! I started reading your blog long ago, because of your beautiful photos and words. I never imagined that I'd be reading such heart-racing posts as the ones I've read in the past few months. And, your "give in" post is one that really hit home this week. Thank you for sharing. Best wishes with your new addition to the family!

buddens said...

They are all so adorable, it's so hard to pick! I would say Ember first and Meadow 2nd. Good luck with the puppy!

Ingrid said...

Ruby...she's perfect for your bunch. If you look closely at her face, she is the most unique and from a cyber view, she seems to have great character. There is something special about her and I love that she is a bit different than the others.

Megan said...

Meadow! Her hair looks the scruffiest (if that's a work)!

White Lily said...

I am NOT a dog person, but that doesn't mean that I can't appreciate looking at a cute pup when I see one! I'd go for Ember first, then Meadow. Safety is probably the only reason I would ever get a dog (although I personally rely on other methods to secure ours), and I think having one could be very comforting for that reason. Whatever works, huh?

Katharine said...

Our puppy was 6 months old when we got her last September. She was a rescue from CARA down in Sanford, so she may have had some crazy mental issues. My daughter was a little over 1 at the time, my son just under 4. OMG, it was like doubling the toddlers! She ate EVERYTHING (and still does). And potty training was hard. But, oh, she is so sweet and she and my daughter are BFF! She's not a very good watchdog at night though :)

Melissa Rozeski said...

Jordan, I am beside myself thinking on the year you have had. Seriously, you have faced some huge / "these things never happen" kind of stuff. I'm always sending you my best!

On a lighter note, how can you pick between those faces??? There is something in Spring's eyes that I like. She seems a wise soul. Yes, Spring it is.

jack said...

Meadow Meadow Meadow!! Most definitely Meadow!!

Heidi said...

Ah, Ruby. Why? Because she is the only one without that white stripe. She's different. I like that. And, by the way, YES it is like having another child except a child poops in a diaper! But after those first few months of potty training, you'll just love her to pieces.

The Comeaux Family said...

poor Powder hasn't received any votes?! This stranger casts a vote for Powder - he/she looks alert and is just so scruffy.
very cute breed.

Miss Meg said...

I second Powder! She got only got a little booty picture while all the others got face shots. She does have a very very cute tail and profile! Seriously though, they are are very cute and even if you get the "last" pick, any one of these little butterballs will be a great addition!

Our dog is a mutt, and he is the best watch dog ever. He knows the difference between our car and strangers cars and barks like mad when someone comes up the driveway. We live a 1/4 mile off the road, so no one comes to our house "by accident." Enjoy your new pup!!

Jody said...

Meadow...

or go to a rescue!! I know, but there are soo many wonderful rescue dogs or shelter dogs!!! A puppy is like another child, but oh so much fun...enjoy! remember, with puppies, first year is tremendous amount of work, hard work the second year and then a lifetime of happiness!!

The Original Mangums said...

Got to be Powder, she is different, when I saw her I liked her the very bestest!(love that English) However, they are all so cute and it would be hard to choose, glad I don't have to.

kelly said...

meadow looks all serious..i so think meadow your gal.. :-)

Maria said...

Powder! He's ready absolutely adorable!

Evie said...

It's Meadow for me. Square on to the world and ready for all comers.

We've recently had a new canine addition to our home after losing our beloved Charlie some months ago. He's small but loud and I sleep better at nights knowing he's watching over us all.

Anna said...

De-lurking to cast my resounding vote for Meadow! Meadow! I want to snoodle her so badly, she looks soft and scruffy and so sweet. I'm sorry you had to deal with intruders. I am so, so happy you are all safe though. May you find peace and comfort and restore the feeling of safety in your home.

Bonnie said...

Both Meadow and Powder melted my heart. My puppy boy is my "first born"... so consider yourself a mommy of five now. =)

Carol said...

I sent you an email to your blog account...I hope you got it. Let me know if I can help.

Rebekah V. said...

I am a big Powder booster. I love Powder and that little body and attitude. That is my vote. And if you do end up with Powder I might even pet him/her which is a rare thing when I get dog juice on my hands.

STEFFIEJ said...

AHHHHH..THOSE ARE ALL PRECIOUS..SO GLAD YA'LL GET TO GET A PUPPY..HATE THAT IT WAS DUE TO THE CIRCUMSTANCES..BUT YEAH FOR YA'LL NOW..THAT WOULD HAVE SCARED THE MESS OUT OF ME TOO...GLAD HE ONLY GOT SUNGLASSES!!...I AM JUST IN LOVE WITH RUBY AND MEADOW..AND THERE IS SOMETHING ABOUT POWDER..BUT MY FAVORITE NAME IS EMBER...I DON'T THINK YOU CAN GO WRONG WITH ANY OF THEM THOUGH..MAYBE DR. GOOCH WILL LET YOU GET TWO :)

Tasha said...

I say Ruby or Ember. I like the Gray...How exciting for you! I've read that the best thing you can do home security wise is to get a dog! Good for Gooch for going along with it, and for cursing. He needs to get a little publicly saucy once in a while (I know he is privately saucy...):)

kelly said...

powder or meadow...too cute. we just got a cockapoo puppy 2 weeks ago (she is 10 weeks old now) and yes, it is just like having a baby..but its all good!! have fun!
and keep safe!

k a t y said...

don't think you can go wrong.