We Got A Dog

So we did this thing. This crazy thing (it felt crazy to us…in a good way). We got a dog. We’ve been wanting another furry family member for about the last year and a half, but the timing hasn’t been right. First, we were living in Chico in a 975 square foot condo that had no yard and barely a deck. Then, we moved home because we were buying a house, but that house fell through. I don’t think I’ve told you guys that story yet. THEN, we bought our house, the dream house. However, it was not livable. Even the rats that were living in it didn’t make it (gross).

So we waited. We got on a list for a golden doodle because we knew we wanted something with poodle in it. In Chase’s words, “Between you and the cats I CANNOT have anymore hair in the house.” That, and my parents and sister have poodle mixes. We knew we loved them. So we got on the list and waited…but life happened and we had to postpone our puppy twice. Then life happened again and this summer became the perfect time for us to add to the Morrison family, but we weren’t due for our golden doodle pup until fall/winter. And then we found Murray.

He was up for adoption by a rescue place in Auburn, 1 Love Dog Rescue. We saw his picture and he was a mess of a black mop with a white patch on his chest and chin. We went for it, just jumped. He had a sister and they looked exactly the same but when we met them we just knew it was Murray that would come home with us. Chase picked him up and didn’t put him down once, I had to sign the adoption papers and everything for both of us. It was freakin’ adorable.


For those of you who don’t know, we live in Northern California. I’m not sure if you heard about the flu bug that recently took our area by storm but it was bad. Schools had to close down voluntary events because tons of kids were getting taken down by this virus. As a substitute teacher I of course got it, I get everything. We had not even had our puppy a week and I get taken down by this virus. And it was bad, I’ll spare you the gory details but I couldn’t be 3 yards away from the bathroom and not even water would stay down.

My first thought is, “I can barely function as a human right now…what in the world am I going to do with a new puppy?” Chase was home for most of it luckily. What was crazy though, was the puppy would not leave my side. He stayed on the bed with me and then followed me on every trip to the bathroom and patiently waited in the corner. He snuggled and loved and kissed on me and I could see he was just plain worried. Chase would have to come pick up and take him outside to go potty because he didn’t want to leave me.

Chase and I knew we found “our dog.” He is lazy and sweet and loving and brings so much joy to our home. He also brings dirt and pee and poop into our house but that is all well worth it. I now get to write my blog posts with a pup at my feet either snoozing or happily gnawing on a bone. He is full of attitude always let’s us know what he thinks. I am now not only the crazy cat lady, but also the crazy dog mom and I would’t have it any other way.

I sure hope you guys are dog people, because you’re about to see a lot more of this guy around here.

Until next time,


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