Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Puppy Love

Happy Summer Break!

While I know it's not officially summer on the calendar...and it certainly doesn't feel like summer here in Kansas City...we are all out of school (mama included) and enjoying lazy days and late nights...movie nights and day camps...bike riding and...PUPPY WALKING!!!

For our official summer kickoff, we adopted a new puppy!

Last October, right before Halloween, our beloved dog Burton escaped through an open door.  Always a runner, he dashed across the street toward our neighbor's home only to be hit by an oncoming pick-up truck.  And no...they never stopped.  *tears*

The loss of Burton affected us all, and although well-meaning family and friends recommended getting our children a new dog STAT, Chris and I felt it was in the best-interest of our family to delay getting another dog.  We knew that our children needed time to work through the grieving process (and honestly, they still are...) and I needed to be off from work and home all day to help with the potty-training process of a new pup.

As you can see from the pictures, Murray, has already brought so much joy and happiness to our children.  (Especially Benjamin who seemed to struggle the most with the grief process.)

Since we adopted Murray from our local SPCA shelter, we really aren't sure what his mix of breed.  Darling daughter has been pouring through tons of online animal pics and we think he might be a mix between Rat Terrier and Springer Spaniel.  He's not quite three months old and is full of mischief!  His brother "Bill" was also cute, but was already adopted.

And yes...the SPCA volunteers really did name the two brothers "Bill Murray".  LOL

Murray hates to be alone at night...although that seems to be getting better.  Of course, my kiddos didn't want Murray to "suffer" so they volunteered sleeping in shifts.  *smile*

Mary Catherine Sleeping in Front of Murray's Cage

Luke Keeping Mary Company

So that's a quick recap of our official Summer Kick-Off!  I have a ton of End of Year (EOY) school pictures to post, and with lots of "free time" *smile* I will probably post a couple of times a day.