I love dogs. I had a Great Dane when I was a kid, and Mr. Roller Coaster and I had a chocolate lab who died a few years ago. I can’t imagine my kids growing up without a dog, but thanks to the craziness of military life, the time was never right to bring a puppy home.
But kind of like having a baby, the perfect time to buy a puppy doesn’t exist. So Mr. Roller Coaster and I decided that this was as good a time as any, and before I knew it, we were calling a breeder to make arrangements for the cutest puppy in the whole wide world to join our family.
We kept the puppy a secret from the kids while we picked out a name and purchased doggy necessities. Mr. RC and I were so excited, not only for ourselves, but for Big and Little C who have been begging us for a dog pretty much ever since our retriever died. When Mr. RC left last week to pick the puppy up, I could hardly contain my excitement as I waited for the phone call that our newest baby was on its way home.
My heart broke as Mr. RC told me that the puppy we had lovingly chosen had been diagnosed with Parvo, a highly contagious and deadly virus. He returned the puppy to the breeder, who immediately hospitalized the pup as well as several others in the litter. I was devastated. I had already fallen in love with this dog I had never even met. And I was so disappointed that we’d have to start our puppy search all over again.
But Mr. RC never gave up hope and kept in contact with the breeder. Although our puppy is still in the hospital, he’s responding to treatment. The fact that he’s still alive is a very good sign. It looks like we may still get our puppy after all!
So keep your fingers crossed for us and stay tuned for puppy pictures!