Our New Addition!

This is the craziest story ever!  I've wanted to get a puppy forever, but the answer has always been "No". I went to the women’s expo last weekend, and this lady came with the cutest, tiniest imperial shih tzu I’ve ever seen!  He was seriously like ½ lb.  Right then Brady called to tell me about the Harley he wanted to buy that day (a post yet to come!), and I told him about this cute dog, thinking nothing of it.  He says “You should buy it!”  What the?! Not at all the response I would’ve thought!  I was freaking out!  I think I caught him at a weak moment!  So I talked to the lady about it, told her I’d think about it & call her later.  My only concern was taking care of him while working full time.  I called a couple of friends who’d raised puppies and worked full time, and they told me I could do it.  So I called the lady and told her I’d pick him up the next day!

Brady and I stayed up all night thinking of names and we went to the pet store and got all the stuff we’d need.  We were so excited!  I’d seriously never seen a cuter dog before!

So Sunday we go to pick him up.  Right when we walked in, the lady’s little girl had given it a treat that was too big for it & it started choking!  The lady worked on him and got the treat out, but he wasn’t breathing.  She tried to give him CPR, but it was too late and the poor little guy died right there in front of us!  I’m seriously tearing up as I’m typing this.  It was the saddest, most traumatizing thing I’ve ever seen.  And they acted so nonchalant about it! The lady was like “Sorry, I guess he died.  I’ll let you know if I breed anymore” as she’s holding it and just flopping it around!  I had to just run out of there before I threw up!  I was so devastated!  I sobbed for about the next hour!

We went straight to my parent’s for dinner and I was seriously beside myself!  I’ve never seen a creature die in front of me, especially not one that sweet and that I’d had my heart set on!  However, my sweet hubby, eager to make things right, ran upstairs on KSL, found another breeder in Lehi, told them to bring their puppies to my parent’s house so I could pick one, and I had a new puppy within a couple of hours!   Talk about a whirlwind!  I think my sobbing (hence why I look dead in these pics) probably scared Brady and there was no way he was going to let me go home without a puppy after all that!  It would be far too heartwrenching!

So we are now the proud parents of a 1.5 lb., 8 week old Imperial (tea cup) shih tzu named Axel.  He’s a little bigger than the last one, and his colors are different, but he is the cuddliest, sweetest thing! I have to admit, I'm struggling so far!  I haven't slept in two nights!  He yaps when left alone (kennel or no kennel) and will only quiet down and sleep when he's laying in bed next to us; but then I still can't sleep because I'm afraid of squishing him! The potty training thing is also causing me anxiety!  How will I potty train him when I'm hardly home during the day?!  Plus, when I am home I take him outside frequently, but he always chooses to go right after I bring him inside!  Ugh!  My mom has been kind enough to babysit the last two days, but she can't do that forever, and he needs to get used to his new home.  I just can't bear the thought of leaving him alone all day when he gets so sad just by me leaving the room!  However, he's too precious not to adore, so I guess I'll have to suck it up until hopefully he matures a little and adjusts.  I swear, it must be possible because so many of you have gotten puppies even though you work!  Any suggestions anyone on how to make taking care of this sweet ball of fluff a little easier?????


Kim said...

Oh Ash..that is the saddest story I have ever heard! But, you are also the cutest new dog owner I have ever seen. You will be perfect for the new job!

Mike and Kim said...

Oh my that is the saddest story I've ever heard. I was just waiting for you to say you were kidding or something. I would be so mortified if I saw that happen. I'm happy you were able to get another one who is just so cute!!!!

Greg and Ky said...

I can't believe that happened, I would have thrown up too! What a good husband to make things right and pick out such a sweet thing! We found a puppy (same kind) in November and I work full time too. She has been SO good to train. At first leave her in her kennel when your gone all day. Take her right outside when you get home. When you go outside repeat the word POTTY clearly. Now whenever I say the word POTTY she runs to the door and knows just what she needs to do. I read a lot online, that really helped. Look up her bread and there is tons of information and tips. She is so dang cute! Have fun and good luck!

Danielle said...

Make sure you give Axel a treat every time he goes potty and get really excited and praise him a lot when he goes. He will learn that it is a good thing and his mommy will give him extra loves. Take him outside every hour to go potty when you are home. Give him a treat everytime you put him in the kennel and praise him for being in the kennel. When he is punished, don't put him in the kennel because then he will think that if he is put in the kennel it is because he is bad. Call me anytime with questions!!

Jonathan and Kiri said...

Oh my gosh! What a horrible story. I can't believe something so awful could just happen like that. I'm so happy you were able to get another dog again so quickly but I'm so sorry it came in such a traumatic way. Keep us all updated on the life of caring for your new addition :)

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Hi everyone! Welcome to our blog! Brady and I were married on November 3, 2009. We live in a house in The Cove in Herriman. Brady is in commercial insurance and bonding for the Buckner Company and I am a Licensed Associate Marriage and Family Therapist. We have a baby boy named Korvin who is our pride and joy! We also have a yellow lab named Daisy and an Imperial Shih Tzu named Axel. Brady and I are pretty chill. Besides snuggling our new baby, we love doing things like watching movies, taking walks, going on weekend trips to St. George, shopping for house stuff (I'll be punished for sharing that!),hanging out at the cabin, taking drives, and spending time with all our family & friends who we love dearly! Thanks for visiting & letting us share our life with you!