Tuesday, March 28, 2006
What Have We Done?
A fabulous weekend in Chicago. Gabi had never been there, and his best friend from Brazil, Paolo (who is also an exchange student but staying near Grand Rapids), flew over to meet us. A wondrous time was had by all.
At the close of the weekend we stopped by a store out in the burbs of Chicago which sells puppies (only). We were just looking, mind you. We've always preferred the idea of getting dogs from our local Humane Society, which is how we found Stinky Dog. They are a great group of people doing important work, and we've always supported them. Over the years, I've had three or four dogs and a bunch of cats, all from local Humane Societies. But Susan's allergies are quite severe, and we've looked for quite a while now, at least locally in Appleton, without finding anything suitable. So we've taken to reading the want ads, just to see. In the Sunday Chicago paper we found a puppy store which certifies their puppies to be family-raised and bred (no puppy mills). So rather against our better judgment we swung by after dropping Paolo off at O'Hare to have a look-see.
And of course we left with not just one dog, but two. Two sisters, Bichon Frisés, nine weeks old, and absolutely the cutest living creatures ever to walk the earth. We had no intention of getting two of anything, but they were playing in their cage and we just couldn't bear to separate them. Knowing the amount of time we are gone (more than a dog owner should be, particularly during my work weeks), it seemed that some family companionship would be a very good thing. There was a third to the litter--god help us--but luckily it was separated from these two, and it barked up a storm (very shrilly, we took note) the ENTIRE time we were there. But these two were together in a single pen, and both seemed just perfect: happy and playful, mostly quiet except for the occasional growl or yip during play, hypo-allergenic, and cute as a couple of tennis balls shoved into an electrical socket.
So here we are. We're still working on names. Susan has taken the smaller of the two girls as "hers" and wants to call her "Squeaky," after Squeaky Fromme (she's currently directing Stephen Sondheim's Assassins). My girl is the slightly larger of the two (how fitting) and I'm struggling to find an apt moniker (I seem to gravitate toward food-related things). Monday? Chocolate? Poppy? Teacup? Fruitcake? Snickers?
Maybe I could have a web contest: Name Wunelle's Puppy! (Hey, how about Wunelle?)