Ever since Pepper passed away in March, we’ve been thinking about getting a second dog. Well, “we” being me and the monsters. That Man likes dogs well enough…. from a distance. He’s not really an indoor dog kind of guy. But Middle Monster wrote a powerfully cute Christmas letter about really really REALLY wanting another dog, and TM finally agreed.
I looked on petfinder.com first but couldn’t find anything that was a good match for us. I wanted something boxer like, not too big, but that energy level. Our poor old gentleman Pepper (Schnoodle mix) hated it when KC wanted to play with him. She’s very high energy. She could run up and down the stairs after a ball all day. I wanted something she and the girls would really have fun playing with.
I never expected to end up with a PUPPY.
We found her on craigslist. Supposedly the guy had bought her for his son he has on the weekends and the care throughout the week (without his kid there to help) was too much. I say supposedly because “supposedly” she was wormed and mostly housebroken too… and both of those were big fat lies.
I took her to our vet immediately the next day and she tested positive for both roundworms and fleas. Poor baby. We’ve also started her on her puppy shots, and until she gets all three, she can’t be around other potentially infected dogs. Which means she gets to make the Christmas rounds with us this year. (That Man is so thrilled. NOT.)
She’s also “supposedly” purebred American bulldog but she can’t be purebred — she’s just too small. But she’s awfully darned cute and we didn’t care about the purebred thing at all. Plus smaller is good for us.
Other than the potty training (which is actually going pretty well), the hardest thing of all was naming her. She needed a cute name to match her perky ears and assertive personality (she growled at KC upon their first meeting). Mom and Dad wanted to name her Sunshine (so we’d have KC and the Sunshine band, snort), but the monsters didn’t get it. They wanted to name her either Kona or Cocoa.
It was like WWIII around here, people. So the puppy’s name is officially KoKoKoNa. I hope she can live up to such a mouthful. Here are both dogs pictured with the monsters (our Christmas cards this year):