21.5.11

Our Pets

Up until two years ago we didn't have any pets, and I was quite happy about that.

Then our oldest son joined 4-H showing beef and dairy cows and asked if he could have a rabbit to join the rabbit club. We agreed to the rabbit.

K showed great maturity and after much convincing and pleading by both our boys, we agreed to get a family dog. Being pet owners was in neither hubby or my plans, in fact we were really opposed to it. There was the cost, and the responsibility, allergies and the potential for dog hair and messes.

My list was never ending it seemed. But sometimes as parents we have to put our kid's wants and needs before our own. We have to take risks. Hubby and I decided that we had to take a chance and let our boys prove that they were responsible enough. And I had to let go and learn to deal with the grass and the dog hair.They were growing up way too quickly and surely we could do this one thing for them. So the search began for our family dog.

Our sons really wanted a Lab or Retriever and we found a great breeder and became the owners of a registered chocolate Lab female, Remington 2nd. Of course there were some adjustments to our routine including that our youngest and I were both initially very nervous of her. But we got through them. K was a great help in making the transition.

Now we can't imagine not having her. And I'm almost learning to live with the dog hair :) . Our one rabbit now has a breeding mate, and her first litter of eight (K's new business.) Plus a new buck from my nephew in Sudbury is arriving this weekend. That will make 11 rabbits until some of the babies head to their new homes with other 4-H kids in the coming weeks. And yes, we live in town on a very small lot but we are coping. 







This girl is adding to some great family memories too. I'm joining the pet party feature at SNS Funky Junk Interiors. I still sometimes shake my head when I think back to how determined I was to not be a pet owner.

Hoping you have a great weekend! We finally have some sunshine and warmer weather.

Elizabeth

12 comments:

  1. Darling!
    Once you get pets, it's so hard to imagine life without them. :-)

    Enjoy your weekend!
    Hugs,
    Anne

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  2. Awww... glad this little dog stole your heart. :) Yeah, the hair is such a pain, but it's my guess that's why vacuum cleaners were invented. LOL

    Donna

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  3. We have two chocolate labs and they are almost human. They are just the best dogs, loyal and wouldn't hurt a fly. If it wasn't for the massive amounts of shedding and constant water around the water bowl, they would be perfect. I'm so glad you took a chance on your girl.

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  4. What a beautiful legacy! We have had so many beautiful pets. The worst is having them pass away. But they bring you so some joy. Loved the photos. Anne

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  5. Aww, two of my favorite pets, puppies and bunnies! They grow on you, especially the pups! They become part of the family! Enjoy, they are beautiful creatures!

    Mary

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  6. soooooooo cute!!! I love being surrounded by pets. They rule the roost around here!

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  7. Sweet family members, Elizabeth!

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  8. I love your pets!!! I couldn't imagine living wihtout ours:)

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  9. Remington is beautiful, and the bunnies are cute - love their little black noses :-) Hope you and your family continue enjoying your fur babies :-)

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  10. I have never not owned pets and like your sons, I too belonged to 4H. I think having an animal teaches a child responsibility. Your chocolate lab is so sweet. The last photograph of her in the sunlight is beautiful. We had California rabbits. I advise you to keep them in two completely separate hutches. We had them in one hutch with a wall dividing their spaces. The buck chewed through the wooden wall to get at the doe!

    Stop by and enter my Cottage Charm Give-Away. Lots of antique and vintage items that would go with your lovely cottage style home.

    Your Friend,
    Deborah

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  11. She is such a beauty Elizabeth. It's amazing how they steal your heart before you've even realized what has happened. : )

    ~Andrea~

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  12. I'm right there with you! Lol. We just got a puppy 2 months ago. I've never owned a pet in my life and now being a home owner, was very opposed to the idea. We took the kids to the pet store to give them something to do, and I totally fell in love with a little beagle puppy. I had to bring her home. The hardest part for me to adjust to is waking up bright and early to take her out:) It's been fun though. It's amazing how they just fit right into the family! You have such a good looking dog! I also have to say that I just adore your family room(the one with the oar above the couch) SO CUTE!!

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