Sunday, July 8, 2012

Pick of the Litter

This post goes back to the 9th grade.  When we all had to find someone to job shadow for the day.  Knowing I would grow up to be a veterinarian, I arranged to spend the day at Dr. White's office in Farmington.

The first patient of the morning was a somewhat nasty little furry friend who had all sorts of warts that needed to be removed.  I started to doubt the wisdom of this job shadow.  But then Dr. White and I headed into exam room 1, where the most unique and impressive canine I've ever seen was waiting for shots and a check-up.  That is when I discovered the Chinese Shar Pei, and it may have been the first time I fell in love.  

Fast forward fourteenish years.  Years spent reading Shar Pei books, dog training books, visiting litters, and dreaming.  I knew there were steps that would need to be taken before this dream came true, especially the big one of getting a permanent house with a yard.  

And now, the day has arrived.  Well, almost.  On Saturday, my mom, Elise and I went to a home in Ogden where Bruno and Dessa had just had a litter of 6.  Born on June 8, these little critters were absolutely adorable.  Angie, Adriana, and Cortez were the sweetest people who absolutely love their 4 legged friends and I'm so happy to be adopting a little guy who comes from such a great home.  After an hour of playing, I chose the little red fawn boy, who hopefully will grow up to look just as regal and handsome as his pappa with the sweet, friendly personality of his mamma.  He will be ready to come home the first week of August and I can hardly wait!

Some fun things:
*** At 4 weeks, he weighs in at 4 pounds.  The runt is 2 pounds and the 2 big cream babies are 6 pounds.
*** He has the longest hair of the litter, making him softer than his siblings
*** Adriana and Cortez have dubbed him Baby Boom.
*** His little tongue is pitch black.
*** When I rolled him onto his back with his legs in the air, he wiggled for a minute and then lay there content as could be to have his tummy scratched
*** At the end of our fun filled hour, I set him down to watch him walk around.  He immediately plopped down on his haunches, bowed his head, and fell asleep!!!  I've never seen a dog fall asleep still sitting up and it was the most adorable thing I've ever seen.  After a second his little feet curled up off the ground and he just rolled into a ball, and the next thing we knew he was snoring.
*** Name frontrunners are Mowgli, Riggins, and Bones.
*** I love him so much and can't wait for him to be my new roommate!


Amber said...

ah! what a darling puppy! my neighbor's growing up had one. they named him Buster. it fit him. they are seriously darling little wrinkly puppies! I'm excited for you. so fun!

mcbingham said...

I'm excited for this new roommate of yours! He is seriously so adorable! I just want to play with him! :)

Katie said...

I'm soooooo happy for you and can't wait to meet him! My kids can't stop talking about it either-they are pretty excited for you!

Elise said...

Those pictures! He is so cute I want to die!! So so very exciting. I'm so happy your 14ish year old dream is coming true!