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July 25, 2009

Zoo? Not.

Jordan arrived home last night from his friend Daniel's house.

He had been there a few days, laying low ever since he decided to call Charlie a pansy without thinking Charlie might not appreciate that and reciprocated in a less than friendly way.

The husband and I are watching TV, Jordan comes in and says, 'oh yeah, Daniel's dog had puppies, can we get one?'

What is it lately with my kids and animals? Do they ever out grow this?

We've got a 3 year old pug, a 15 year old Australian Shepherd who is on her last legs (literally) and who in the world has time for another animal here?

But, you know, he mentioned the magic word: PUPPY, and I had to ask.

'What kind is it?'

He looked at the husband. Back at me. Back to the husband. Back to me.

'What is it? A Great Dane?'

'No, they are a mix of Chihuahua and Rat Terriers.'

That explained the look back and forth. My husband cannot stand small dogs that are rodent like.

He loves our pug. But anything with 'Rat' in the title won't be finding a forever home here, sorry.

But, I was still a little intrigued. They sounded kinda cute?

'How big are they?'

'Oh mom, you've gotta see them, they are like THIS BIG (showing me the palm of his hand) and their eyes are not even open yet!'

I gotta admit, Rat or no rat, they are sounding kinda cute....ya know....I could be like Reese Whitherspoon in Sweet Home Alabama and carry it all around in a little doggy bag or whatever they're called and buy a jeweled collar and doggie t-shirts?

(That's for me this time, being delusional. Maybe I should drug test myself.)

Like I am the kinda person who would be toting any animal around in a bag?

Like our house isn't a zoo enough as it is without a creature that small under foot?

And then my mind flashes back to the night before when Tyler was in here asking for some sort of mini Boa Constrictor?

I can see it now....Boa Constrictor (which by the way, I don't know how any snake could be considered 'mini.' A snake is a snake, no mini about it...) and a dog that is not much bigger than a rodent.

That should provide for PLENTY of blog material.

Until the snake gets out.

Then I can move on to writing about my search for a child therapist because one kids pet ate the others.

Yep, I think we're just fine for now in the zoo department.

(QOTB: What's the strangest pet you've let your kid have? We had a hedgehog years ago, it was really cool until it died and tramuatized my oldest child who was 9 at the time. But it was a fun pet to have.)
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brian stout on July 25, 2009 said...

my mom's got a chihuahua rat terrier mix... very smart dog, and also very hyper... they're cute, for sure.. i'm not sure about all of them, but this one is a little too big to carry around in any purse =) i think he's about 15 pounds

Anonymous said...

Glad that you were the first commenter on Problogger, or I might never have found you...64 comments on that blog.

Thanks for keeping it real and funny.

Shannon on July 26, 2009 said...

Yeah how lucky was that to be the first commenter? I think that discussion has been really good, I've gotten some good ideas from it. I'm going now to check out your website!

Shannon on July 26, 2009 said...

Brian-I just have this issue with having a dog that has 'RAT' in the breed name. I don't want a dog that looks like a rat in any form or fashion. I know, I know, I'm discriminating against rats but they will have to get over it! But according to Jordan they are cute.

Melinda | WAHM Biz Builder on July 26, 2009 said...

Heheheh, we've just given away two guinea pigs. We still have two cats and four chickens.

When I was a kid, at one time we had 56 guinea pigs, a dog, three cats, two sheep, 12 chickens, a horse, and an Oxalotyl (sp? mexican walking fish). We lived on a large block, but it wasn't a farm. The horse didn't live there though, the rest did. Now THAT was a zoo!

Stacie on July 26, 2009 said...

LOL but puppies are so cute!! I want to get a little pug!

The strangest pet we had was a lizard. Everytime the crickets would dump you would hear me screeching!! I hate bugs! LOL Oh yeah and another screech when the lizard got out of his cage. LOL

jdemott on July 26, 2009 said...

They're not called Rat Terriers because they look like rats! They were bred to control vermin, I assume, as were various terriers back in the day, I believe.

I'm still stuck on the image of you as Elle Woods (yes, I had to look up the character's name) with that little dog in a designer carrier. Personally, I tend to think yip-yip dogs are awful, regardless of the breed. But, the rat terrier is nowhere near as small as a Chihuahua. Not sure if the bark is yippie or not.

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