Sunday, November 18, 2012

A New Member Of Our Family

Several months ago, a sweet little cat showed up on our doorstep and we were all completely smitten with her.  I blogged about her here.  But after about a month, she just disappeared.  We looked for her and posted flyers with the help of our neighbors but we never could find her, which left us all sad.  But I realized that for the short while that she was with us, we realized that we were ready for a pet.

My older boys have ALWAYS wanted a dog from the time they were small.  Especially our oldest.  But with kids with allergies and asthma, having pets has been something we couldn't do for most of their childhood.  However, as they've grown older, they have outgrown their pet dander allergies and I've been thinking that maybe it was time.  I grew up with a dog that I adored and I wanted them to have that same experience.

Occasionally, I would look through our local animal shelter for just the right dog, but the dog they had in mind was never there....until this past week.

Meet Andy....

We rescued him from our local animal shelter and it couldn't have been better timing.

I'm one of those types of people that tries to find a meaning and purpose behind everything.  Sometimes that's a good thing, sometimes it's not.  Most of the time, I choose to believe it's a positive thing.

When our oldest was only 3 years old (he's 20 now), his very favorite movie was Toy Story.  He absolutely loved Woody and Buzz.  We took him to the see the movie in the theater and he was so thrilled.  A big smile planted on his sweet face through the entire movie.  Then for Christmas that year, "Santa" brought him the Woody and Buzz Lightyear characters from the movie.  He loved them so.  

But his favorite part?

The "Andy" that was written on the bottom of Woody's boots.  He thought it was the coolest thing ever.

After all these years, we still have his Woody and Buzz Lightyear toys.

It's funny, at 3 and 4 years old, he went around writing "Andy" on several of his other toys, instead of his own name.  It's a funny, special memory that my hubby and I love to remember.

So, when I was looking at all the sweet animals at the animal shelter and came across a beautiful dog named "Andy", who was also the breed our son had always wanted, I just couldn't say no.

So, in a spur of the moment decision, we adopted him.

It was something our son needed and knowing how happy it made him,
made me happy, too. :)

Wishing you all a Happy Thanksgiving with your families!!


  1. congrats on saving a life...he's beautiful - and so are your memories

  2. Hello Andy! Enjoy the new member of your family. Dogs are the best! Happy Thanksgiving.

  3. That is so sweet! Toy Story is one of my favorite movie. Andy is so cute. I have a 3 year old shelter dog. She is the best dog in the world. Enjoy him!

  4. What a sweet little addition to your already sweet family. Just in time for Thanksgiving!! Xo

  5. Ohhh!!!! I love that story! What a sweet dog and I'm so glad you rescued him from a shelter. I hope you all have many lovely years and lots of memories with him.

  6. Diana- I call those God Moments. I loved your story and I think your new family member is beautiful. xo Diana

  7. What a beautiful dog! And definitely meant to be - love the story you shared about your son and the name, Andy from Toy Story. So glad you rescued this dog from a shelter, too. Bless you heart.

  8. Awe welcome Andy!

    Have a blessed Thanksgiving with the new family member.

  9. Thank you so much for making the right choice by adopting from a shelter. Andy is just precious and I wish you all many wonderful years together!

  10. What a heartwarming story... tears and chills all at once. Welcome Andy!! May you have many many years of happy doggy years!!

  11. I'm so happy for you and Andy! I recently read something that said 'In a perfect world every dog would have a home and every home would have a dog'. That is so true!
    Adopted dogs are the best.
    Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

  12. Awww... that's such a great story! I cried a little while reading it. Andy looks like a a very sweet dog. :)

  13. There is nothing like giving thanks by saving a dog :) And the joys of having a dog is priceless! I love the story behind the adoption - I think Andy has just found himself the perfect home. Congrats on your new and adorable addition! I can't wait to hear more about him as he grows with the family. Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!

  14. Felicidades por vuestro nuevo amigo. Seguro que os trae muchas alegrías y mucho amor.

  15. Happy Thanksgiving and it looks like Andy found the perfect home :)

    xoxo, Tanya

  16. Is Andy a Golden?
    We rescued our 2nd Golden this fall,a sweet little girl,Sadie. Animal control had just brought her and 4 other dogs from a bad situation to the shelter. I shouldn't have been at the shelter when she arrived but had left work early to drop off some towels. She shouldn't have been in the lobby. She came running to me,all skinny 45 pounds of her, and sat quietly at my feet. It was love at first sight.Of course I couldn't take her. We already had one sweet Golden boy at home so I gave her a kiss and left. Couldn't stop thinking about her. The next morning I called someone I knew who volunteers at the shelter to see if she was still there. She thought there was a potential adoption. Still worried about her I called the shelter. The adoption coordinator asked if I was the lady with the towels. When I said yes she laughed and said they knew I'd be back. I was the potential adoption! It was meant to be!
    She had some health issues and a terrible case of fleas, but she and our other Golden are getting along wonderfully.
    Enjoy your new cuddle bug!

    1. Awww, I LOVE that story! Yes, she is part retriever, part shepherd. :)

  17. Yay to you for rescuing a shelter dog! I firmly believe it's the best way to add a pet to your family. There are so many wonderful dogs and cats in shelters, and I commend you for adopting a dog who needed a home. Andy is a lucky fella. He's adorable, and reminds me a little of our sweet Winnie, who we rescued from the streets when she was 4 months old. We lost her to Cushing's disease back in January (here's a link to a post about her: It took us a long time to get over the loss. But this past September we adopted a lovely dog we named Henry from the local shelter. He's a joy and makes us and our other dog, Phoebe, very happy. I wish you many years of happiness with Andy.

  18. Lucky Andy! He looks so sweet. Enjoy! Pets offer so much for all of us....

  19. I'm so glad you adopted this beautiful dog. Our dog Jake came from an abusive home and our newest little girl Molly was dumped out on our road this summer when it was 105 degrees and a drought, not even a drop of water in a mud puddle. People are just so cruel, it took us a while to catch her, she was scared to death. Now she sleeps in the bed and lays on a heating pad on the love seat. You can read about them both on my blog.

  20. I love this post! My son is 5 and has allergies and asthma as well, so we have not been able to own a dog, although I can tell my son really wants one. We were around 4 dogs today though, and he had no problems! He even asked if he would be allergic to dogs when he got bigger and I told him I didn't think so! He was so sweet today too with the oldest dog. He is a BIG dog (not sure of the breed) and he is older (8 years). When it was time to eat, my son called the dog and he came right away and led the way inside the house while my son was asking him if he was hungry! SO precious! I'm so glad your son gets to experience the joys of having a dog! Hopefully, one day my son will too! :)


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