Over a year ago for Acacia’s 3rd birthday, I wanted to get her a puppy. Cliff was not in agreement, which led to a bit of a conflict. Last week I was a little bit naughty, I took the children to the SPCA just to see if they had any puppies. I was sort of thinking that if the children saw puppies, they would ask Cliff to get one. I know that he has a hard time saying no to the children. Well Fjord fell in love with a little Jack Russel cross-breed who is about 5 months old. Fjord phoned Cliff at work and pleaded with him. Cliff held out for 2 days but then took Fjord back to the SPCA to look at the puppy, and agreed that we could get her.
Fjord named the puppy Floppy. When he was 2 he would pretend to be a dog and we had to call him Floppy Flydough (Fido). Our house was inspected by the SPCA and we took Liquorice our old Scottie to meet Floppy. It is a good idea that SPCA now insist that existing dogs are introduced to new ones before being adopted. I also wanted another dog because Liquorice has been rather lonely.
Floppy was sterilised on Monday and yesterday was the big day. After fetching Fjord from school we collected Floppy. I wish that I could bottle the joy in the car on the way home. Floppy has fitted right in. Liquorice is delighted to have a new friend and the children adore her.
As Fjord is allergic to dogs (oddly not to cats) we have to keep the dogs outside with a kennel and cushion. In the morning I put her on his bed briefly to wake him, I think that he has never had such a happy waking for school. Dog saliva and saliva residue gives him a skin rash but we just wash his face and hands when he comes in from playing with Floppy and Liquorice.