the story of Winnie

11:34 PM

I figure that our little Winnie deserves her own little post, just about our journey to her! :)

This is the picture I first saw of her...

I answered an ad that was listing her for adoption. She was 5 1/2 months old, and was in a family that was very very busy, and she spent most of her life in a kennel. She was listed as a F1B Mini Golden Doodle that was purchased at Sandy Ridge Kennels in Iowa.

When I read the ad, and saw her picture, I wrote to her owners right away, and sent a picture of my girls. Good thing I did, because it turns out that they had received 15 responses to their ad just that night. They offered her to us, and we had to say no because of the high price tag they wanted for her.

We began looking into another little puppy that was 8 weeks old. She was a cockapoo, and was so very cute. We started getting attached to her, and her owners would send videos and pictures daily to us. I started doing research on cockapoos, and after looking at the pictures of her (she looked very Cocker) I asked the owners if she was shedding at all. Turns out she had begun to shed. very sad...

The same day that I was emailing with the cockapoo's family, I received another email from our Winnie's family. They ended up having 26 responses for her, and everyone echoed what we told them, about her being too expensive.

The family realized they were going to have to sell her for much less than they paid, and came back to us first because they really wanted her with us.

I asked for more recent pictures of her, and they sent these 2

So, came the decision that was so hard to make. Do we take the chance with the cockapoo that we have grown attached to, that our girls have begun to love? Or do we make the decision to go with a puppy that we know will not shed, and be the best for our family?

After a lot of tears, we realized that we could NOT have a shedding dog at all. So, we had to pass on the cockapoo, and move onto Winnie. It was so hard to tell the girls that we couldn't get the little cockapoo, but they understood through tears...

After a lot of questions back and forth with Winnie's family, we felt ready, and we said yes. She sent us some more pictures of her as she was growing up...

We then arranged to meet half way between the owners house, and our house. The owners were going to give us everything that they had purchased for her, and also get her groomed for us!

We woke up super early on a Saturday morning, and drove to get her. Boy were we excited! After meeting her, we were smitten! :) She was a huge fluff ball, and we soon realized that she was a hyper puppy!

After getting home, it was rough. The first 2-3 days were just not good. She was used to being in a kennel all the time, but at our house we let her out with us. She was so hyper, and peeing everywhere, and she! I think she finally crashed on the 3rd night.

We got her groomed again, because she was panting so much, and was just way too hairy!

And, now after having our Winnie for about 2 weeks, and having her meet our families, we can say that she has settled down a ton. She is used to us, we are used to her, and we are going on 3 whole days with NO ACCIDENTS!

We love our Winnie, and are excited to watch our girls grow up with her!

Christmas: Round 3

11:42 AM

My family came to visit us on Monday afternoon! We ended up going out to lunch at Culver's, and then coming home for some fun! We decided to open up presents that night!

Avery received the Soul Surfer book, and with 18 chapters in it, she had it read in 3 days! :) She is very interested in Bethany Hamilton right now... Olivia received a fun pink Barbie car! :) Winnie is enjoying chasing it around, too!

Uncle Josh and his friend Ellie got to come and visit! Ellie is a big hit with the girls and I think she's also a big hit with Uncle Josh!

Olivia received a baking set from Nana Dianne, and she wanted to get right to it! While baking, the girls (and mama) had some fun with the squirt bottle! :) Uncle Josh is such a good sport!

Tuesday morning....Olivia slept downstairs with Ellie and had a sleepover! And, Winnie has been enjoying the outside weather...still no snow!

Olivia's cookies were ready for frosting the next morning, and she went to town with Nana Dianne!

Next, was bowling! Olivia was often found right next to Ellie! And, Crazy Uncle Josh!

Lots of bowling fun was had by all!

Ellie got TONS of strikes, and Bapa looks like he was just a prayin' for a strike!

Ellie and the girls!

Later that night, the girls had a great time putting lipstick all over uncle Josh!

Wednesday morning....laughing, singing concerts, and dancing!

Late Wednesday we went ice skating!

Olivia was able to have a good time, but Avery ended up having a lot of breathing trouble, so she didn't get out there as much as she would have liked!

Josh + Ellie = <3

Thursday morning, Liv and Ellie got in a game of Hedbanz, before all our company left....

Olivia shed some tears :( We hope to see them all again soon!

Christmas: Round 2

10:59 PM

Up this morning, and waiting to go down to the girls' trees to see what was left for them!

A scooter for Avery's American girl dolls!

And Liv was happy with her Lalaloopsy stuff!

All ready for church! Goofy girls!

And, settled down after church with the Disney Christmas Day parade!

Merry Christmas from my (3) girls...

p.s....Winnie learned how to "shake" today! :)


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