March 18, 2009

Carmen, je t'aime!

Everybody, meet Carmen. Carmen, meet everybody.

Obviously, we kept the dog.

We did put up lots of a few "Found Puppy" signs and we DID take her to the vet so that we could have her scanned for a microchip (none were found, btw, but they DID find fleas, ticks and worms. Yay.). So, she's been ours for just over a week now.

Operaboy has been FANTASTIC with her, since he's home during the day. The result of which is that she loves him more than she loves me, but that's okay. She snuggles with Mommy on the weekends while Daddy sleeps in.

Right now we're in the middle of potty training and crate training, neither of which are easy OR fun. She kept me up, whining, until 3:30am on Monday night, so yesterday was a very bleary-eyed day for me. We also think she was a bit mad at us on Monday night. She fought us tooth and nail on her last dose of worming medication (nummy!) and peed in the house 3 times that day (for which she was promptly taken outside and left there while we cleaned up), AND we put her in her crate alone for the first time in the living room while we slept. Ack. I was ready to punt her across the street by yesterday morning.

However, yesterday was a VERY good day. No messes in the house, she went on a walk with us on her new leash, and she stayed in the crate for a few hours at a time during the day yesterday so that she could get acclimated to it. No whining last night from what I've heard anyway (I crashed at 9pm after going all day on 4 hours sleep yesterday). She's being VERY good. Operaboy said she even hung out in her crate (with the door open) for a few hours yesterday evening while he worked on his opera.

Which brings me to her name...

Operaboy is preparing for and learning three opera choruses right now in preparation for his upcoming gig with Ft. Worth Opera. One of them happens to be Bizet's Carmen. He was working on this opera when we found the puppy, AND she's kind of a little gypsy (since we found her wandering) AND we've always wanted to pick an operatic or musical name for our first pet. Thus she was christened Carmen.

NOT Sarah Brightman, as my friend Justin so strongly recommended, though he continues to call her that.

So, I guess we expanded our family before we were ready, but we're blessed nonetheless. Let's hope this trend DOES NOT continue, if you get my drift.

But could we say no to that face?


  1. Ha! Sarah Brightman! Lovely :)

    She is just soo cute! I'm glad she's settling in and getting used to the routine.

    *I still want to punt Anna every now and then, so I'm with on that.

  2. Aww... this looks like a great addition to your family!

  3. I love her. What a cutie! Having a puppy is like having a newborn, but that phase will go away. I taught mine to ring a bell on the door when she needs out. Our cat has now broken said bell, but it worked for us for years in the mommy and Autumn single days. :) Puppy pads also helped with housebreaking. Autumn learned to open her crate when she was about 4 months old, and she's slept in bed with me, now us, ever since, but she's only 8 pounds. :) Training can be exhausting, but it's totally worth it! Enjoy your first fur child!

  4. I am so happy for yall! Our dogs were our "kids" for several years before we had Sawyer. She is so cute and Im glad you got to keep her!

  5. She's very cute Mandy. I'm glad you guys decided to keep her. She deserves a happy and loving home!

  6. So it's official? Yay! I was hoping you'd keep her! She's such a cutie!

  7. Um you cant say no to that face! That first picture is to much! LOVE IT. She is adorable.

  8. She's super cute! And I love the name!

  9. That's one of the cutest pups I've seen in a long time. Many years of life and love to Carmen!

  10. She is seriously like the cutest dog ever!