a surprise.

Yesterday, my dear, sweet husband had something up his sleeve…

my men. charlie and andy.

Don’t worry, it wasn’t the chicken pox or a severe case of ring worm, it was an eleven week old chocolate-colored shar pei with a pink(ish) nose and grey-brown eyes who is so positively adorable that he made me want to melt into a puddle on the floor the second I first laid eyes on him. The cuteness is justĀ that overwhelming. If you don’t believe me, just look at the picture I took about two hours after Andy brought this little boy home. And if that still didn’t work for you imagine that little bundle of wrinkles with a case of the hiccups… (the puppy, not my husband). Teeny tiny little hiccups that sound more like they’re coming from a petite pink pig instead of that furry little puppy. He has had them about four times in the past 24 hours. Precious.

We named him Charlie.

Charlie Crum.

Charlie has been in our lives for just over a day now and he already feels like part of the family. I’ve already been planning doggy play-dates for him, studying up on ways to train him to be a friendly and obedient dog, and yes, researching recipes for homemade dog treats. I’ll make sure to share the recipe once I try one out!

Oh and sweaters. I can’t forget sweaters. I want to put sweaters on him. I never wanted to be “that dog-person” who put a sweater on their puppy, but my goodness the weather is cold here and I just feel terrible that Charlie nearly shivers when he relieves his little precious self in 20 degree weather!

So, consider this your introduction to the “other” man in my life now. I’m sure there will be plenty of stories about him as we try (and hopefully succeed VERY soon) to housebreak him and keep him from gnawing on everything in sight. For those of you who have already done these things, any suggestions or references you have used that helped out would be greatly appreciated! And, if you need to experience the cuteness for yourself, stop by and smoosh his wrinkly face! He loves it.

If you can look at a dog and not feel vicarious excitement and affection, you must be a cat. ~Author Unkown

Surprise someone you love, but it doesn’t have to be by giving them a puppy, a note will do.

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