The Four Legged Itch Has Struck Again!

Hey hey everyone! This has been a challenging week for me so today's post is going to be a little bit lighthearted in nature to help us all get through the hump of the week. My husband, Don, and I have a 5 year old male Goldendoodle, Kasanova (that I have had since August 2010, nearly two years before I met Don) and two long-haired cats (a brother and sister) that we adopted two weeks before we were married (because clearly getting married wasn't a big enough life change for us). Now if you know me then you know that I have a slight thing for animals (my mom even calls me a dog whisperer). Animals seem to "get" me and I them. I always joke that if I could, I would live on a farm with horses, chickens, dogs, cats, and more (but in reality I would probably live in the Caribbean if I could pick my dream location - just sayin).  Well, it would seem that my itch for a four legged companion has struck again. The last time I had it this bad was right before I adopted Kasanova. I knew I wanted a Goldendoole for over a year before I took him home and began researching places I could find one. I adopted him when I was living in St. Louis and the day we picked him up he was the last Goldendoole available. I cried. Silly, I know. Lately, we have been talking about adopting another dog, praying about whether it's the right time (we don't like to make decisions without God), and have begun to give it some serious consideration over the last few weeks. We have been researching places to adopt locally, and different types of dogs we would be interested in, and Saturday while I was out running errands, the puppy fever hit me: hard. 

Saturday morning I met with a fellow wedding planner friend in town. As this business has begun to grow, I am finding a need to start double booking my weekends, so she and I met to discuss some potential strategies (but that's another blog post for another time ☺). We met at a local coffee shop and before she arrived I saw these two little adorable fur-balls waiting outside for their owner. I couldn't help but to bend over and make friends with them. They were black and tan, curly headed, and absolutely adorable. Once their owner came outside we chatted for several minutes and she shared with me that the dogs were Welsh Terriers. I fell in love. Their face shape was so similar to our Kasanova's and their eyes were very expressive just like a Goldendoodle's. I came home, did some research, and learned that Welsh Terriers get to be around 20 pounds in size, are hypoallergenic, high energy, and have strong personalities. A downside seems to be their proclivity towards stubbornness which can mean longer training periods. 

Check out these adorable images of Zoro the Welsh Terrier as found on The Daily Puppy

Later that afternoon, I went to a going away party for a friend that is quitting her job and traveling the world for six months (she is one brave gal). After the party, I met my mom at Costco and shared with her my new discovery of the Welsh Terrier. She then told me about a breed that I was unfamiliar with: the Cavapoo. I came home, researched dog breeds for the second time that day, and learned that Cavapoos are a mix between a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and a Poodle. My mom has a 10 year old Cavalier named Reilly so it only makes sense that she likes this breed. From my research, it appears that Cavapoos get to be about 20 pounds in size, are also hypoallergenic, and have personalities that are considered "cuddly" and "lovable". Cavaliers are an especially friendly breed of dog so I am not surprised that Cavapoos would inherit this trait. A downside: Cavaliers are sometimes born with genetic heart conditions that could be potentially be inherited by the Cavapoo. But just look at those faces! 

Photo #1 found on: A Beach Cottage. Photos #'s 2 and 3 found on: Almost Famous Dog.

These are the two main dog breeds we are considering right now, but we would love to know if any of you have suggestions! We would like a dog that is no larger than 25 pounds (I don't think I could manage two dogs weighing almost 60 pounds by myself when Don is out of town), hypoallergenic, and lovable and friendly in demeanor. We briefly considered the idea of adopting another kitten, but after speaking with a good friend of mine, she advised us that bringing in another puppy would probably be easier for our cats' adjustment. Also, please let us know if you know of any good dog breeders that we could keep our eyes open for! I 

Thanks for stopping by and reading my little lighthearted hump day post!

~Maggie