Arianna has 2 favorite dogs-Athena and Pandora. I have no idea why they are her favorite. The other day,we checked on Ari before going to bed and this is what we saw. Arianna and Athena sacked out. Yes our dogs lay under the blankets too. Arianna had given Athena her baby doll blanket to lay under.
Many of you know we have 5 dachshunds. I thought I would share the story of how that came to be. Truth is that if you really know me it is no surprise that I have a lot of pets. I wasn't allowed to have but one dog growing up. However I loved my Grandparents house for many reasons but mainly because they lived on a farm with many animals. It was common to have 3-4 dogs and 3-4 cats and any given moment. We always joked that the word on the street was that Mema accepted all strays. I have always loved animals and always wanted to be a vet.
Anyway back to my current family. Right after we got married, Chris and I got one male dachshund. We chose a dachshund for it's size and tenacity because we lived in an apartment. We named him Apollos (after a learned man in the Bible). Apollo loved to play with toys and he loved us. However when we left him during the day for work, he would become very down and depressed. It would take hours each evening for him to become happy again. Very shortly, we decided to get him a companion. We took him with us to a breeder and let Apollo see their new litter of pups. Well everyone backed down to Apollo but this sweet tiny black female dachshund. So we took her home and named her Athena (goddess of wisdom). Apollo was much happier with his new friend. They were great buddies. This is a picture taken right after we got Athena.
Well we moved to a house near the end of that year. Athena went into heat. We did not want to breed them yet so we kept Athena in britches. One day they had to go out potty and I took off the britches and let them out. I was washing dishes and looked out the kitchen window. The rest is history:)
Athena gave birth to 4 puppies. We named them Lydia, Hezekiah, Pandora and Goliath, We gave Hezekiah away to friends. Lydia and Goliath were promised to another one of our friends. Well that friend lost his job and was not able to take the pups. So we ended up keeping three of the four puppies. Then we got way too attached to give them away. In a lot of ways we wish we still had Hezekiah. What would be the difference in six dogs? Five dogs is not recommended (vet bills are outrageous) but we love each of them very dearly!
Here are all five our dogs lined up on the stairs. For some reason, they like to lay on the stairway.
Last week the kids and I bought some toys at the dollar store for the pups. They haven't gotten new toys in forever because immediately they try to get the squeaker out and tear out the stuffing. So they have a lot of de-stuffed toys in their basket. The dogs were so excited to have new toys. It was like Christmas morning.
Apollo was very proudof his new toy.
Ryan loves playing with them when they have toys. This is Ryan and Lydia playing tug-o-war.
Even Athena enjoyed her little bunny!
Pandora playing with her pink toy that Ari picked out.
“Play is often talked about as if it were a relief from serious learning. But for children play is serious learning. Play is really the work of childhood.” - Fred Rogers
Live in a way that the preacher doesn't have to lie at your funeral.
"Far better it is to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure, than to take rank with those poor souls who neither enjoy much nor suffer much, because they live in the gray twilight that knows neither victory nor defeat." --Theodore Roosevelt
Who am I? That is a difficult question to answer! I am a wife to a loving man! I am a Mom of 2 wonderful children of which I homeschool. I love to scrapbook and take pictures mainly of the kids. I have five dachshund that are as close to kids as they get.