Thursday, November 17, 2011

Puppy Love

Dear Mia,

While it's true you'll be our first baby, you will be coming home to four fur brothers.  Buddy, Toby, Wilson and Oscar- the most spoiled, loved and cherished set of dogs you'll ever meet.  And you're going to love them so much, too!

Buddy is large and in charge. He's the oldest and the most ornery of the bunch, always giving me and your Dad a hard time. Toby is our protector but he also loves to play ball and wrestle with your Dad. Oscar is attached to me at the hip and gets so excited when we say his name that his entire body wiggles. Wilson is the most reserved of the bunch, always very cautious of strange sounds and new people, but he's a great cuddler and loves to chase Oscar around the yard.

Your Dad and I each grew up with dogs and I'm so excited for you to create memories with these built-in best friends. Your Dad grew up with Sheba, a beautiful Alaskan Malamute, and I grew up with Pokey and Nelle, two West Highland White Terriers.  We have so many stories to share with you about all the crazy adventures we had with our pets.

Me & Pokey
Daddy, Aunt Courtney & Sheba

Mia, you are going to love growing up with our four dogs.  My prediction is that you'll love Buddy the most at first because, well, everyone does.  Buddy will cuddle with you for hours and give you sloppy kisses in return for a little belly rub.  He'll be a great partner in crime, too.  When you're old enough to sneak junk food contraband from the counter he'll gladly eat your wrapper for you.  (Because let's face it, he'll eat anything.)


Toby will be your protector.  He will know where you are at all times and will guard you with his life.  But Toby will also be your tickle monster because I'm sure he'll be just tall enough to lick you, and your highchair, clean after each meal.  He'll love to stick his big head up under your high chair tray and try to lick food off your chest.  I just hope you don't end up feeding him too much!


Oscar will be obsessed with you from the moment we bring you home from the hospital.  He'll wiggle and wiggle and lick your little face until we make him stop.  He'll follow you around and will get in your way when you're learning to stand and walk.  I'm sure he'll trip you more than you'll trip on your own.  You might not love Oscar at first because he's so excitable, but I can guarantee he'll grow on you.  Which dog will you dress up in your doll clothes?  Oscar.  Which dog will you stuff into your baby carriage or shopping cart and take for a walk around the house?  Oscar.  Which dog will snuggle with you under your covers?  Oscar.  And he'll love every second of it.


Wilson.  Well, Wilson will probably spend your entire childhood in the next room.  He'll watch the way you accidentally step on Buddy's ears when you walk by, try to ride Toby like a pony, and put a dress and hair bow on Oscar, and he'll decide he'd rather just nap.  Wilson will approach you the way he approaches everything else- with great caution.  But don't worry, he'll come around, and in time you'll be able to stuff both corgis into your double doll stroller.


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