Friday, August 10, 2012

Milo

Milo is our fur baby. She is four years old.
 
We had been married just shy of two years and hadn't started a family yet, but wanted to add a member to our household. We had been discussing for a while getting a dog. We could just never decide on what kind. Hubs wanted a big dog. I wanted something smaller. I told him that the largest dog I could possibly handle would be a Lab. We had been around Lab's growing up and I knew that they were a family friendly good dog, and the size was something I could deal with. This discussion went on for a while and then...

We went to Walmart one October day in 2008 and when we came out, there was someone giving puppies away at the edge of the parking lot. We went over to investigate (because who can resist a puppy?)


There were about four puppies in the box, three asleep and one wiggly and excited to greet everyone. The little munchkin waddled her fat tummy puppy legs over to see us and stole our hearts.


Hubs picked her up, and she immediately started licking his face and snuggling in. He looked at me with eyes about as big and cute as hers, and how could I say no? She was "part lab, part chow" according to the people giving her away. We went home with her that night and our lives were forever changed. 

(she's actually Lab/Terrier)


Her tummy was swollen and she was very sleepy all the time, so we decided it was time to become good parents and take her to the Dr. to get checked out. We went the next day and to our dismay our cute little angel was so infected with worms that she would be dead in 24 hours had we not brought her in. We got the medication and instructions on how to make her feel better and went home.

She ate half a bag of dog food in three days and hated being bathed. She loved stuffed toys and did battle with them to the death. AKA, the stuffing got pulled out in little less than two hours after receiving the toy. She then took on an affinity to Tennis Balls...


She loved to snuggle, was afraid to jump off the edge of the bed, and got scared of loud noises. Dishwashers, vacuums, thunder storms and mailmen freaked her out. She would not drink from a communal water bowl for two years, and couldn't understand that to continue playing fetch, you must bring the ball back. Trips to the doggy park elicited rolling over on her back and scared trembling of the huge dogs coming to say hi. Then dashing of NASCAR style to have them chase her around the yard.


Four years later, she's the furry member of our family that we adore. She's spoiled rotten, and is still afraid of vacuum cleaners, water, leaves, exhaust pipes, ceiling fans and well meaning neighbors.

But we love her. I can't believe how much joy this little ball of fur brings into my life. She is always happy to see me (even after being scolded for chewing on the coffee table) and is so excited to see her Daddy that she knows when he is calling on the phone and goes to the door to wait for his appearance.


I never knew what unconditional love was...until we adopted Milo.


Have a great weekend friends! 

26 comments:

Julie said...

Awww, what a cute dog. I am a huge dog lover. They just bring so much happiness to your life. :) My boyfriend and I don't have any kids but we have my dog. She's a 12 year old pekingnese/chihuahua mix. I've had her since she was 8 weeks old and I love her to death!

Your dog looks like an amazing, loving dog. Have a wonderful day! :)

Julie

Missy Shay said...

Our furbabies are our part of our family! Milo is a sweety.

Kelli said...

Aw.. so sweet! We have a big dog, who has stolen my heart and is 2 1/2 now. Your story brought a tear to my eye. Can't imagine life without a dog in it! Milo is so cute! xo

Six Sisters said...

We loved this post...so touching! You truly saved Milo's life! We are big dog lovers! Thanks so much for linking up to our "Strut Your Stuff Saturday!" We loved having you and hope you'll be back soon! -The Sisters

Emily said...

I love how much you love your dog. I feel that way about my Charlie. Keep loving Milo every day.

Domesticable said...

Poor thing! She is so cute. I am so happy you give her a loving home!!!
You can tell she is so happy.
Lura
x

Karen of Little Red House Designs said...

Out of all the craft posts yours was the first one I read :) Thanks for sharing about Milo <3

Erika said...

What a beautiful story, I always love when parents love their baby dogs, I do it as well, and dogs are really the best compannions in life, I just adore them and Milo is really an angel looking after you guys.

Claiming Our Space said...

What a sweet story and such a cute dog. We say that the day we picked up our Willow was the 2nd best day of our lives and we can't imagine life without her. Thanks for sharing Milo's story.

live-love-laugh said...
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live-love-laugh said...

what a heartwarming story, Milo really is just adorable. She is soo lucky to have a family as sweet as you looking after her. I love my little fur baby too, she was a rescue dog :) their love really is like nothing else.
i would love for you to drop by our linky and share this beautiful story with us as i would love to feature Milo's beautiful story at our next linky party

http://live-love-laugh-interiordesign.blogspot.com.au/

Jill said...

What a great story Amber - and such an adorable dog!!


Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
Hope you have a fabulous week!
Jill @ Creating my way to Success
http://www.jembellish.blogspot.com/

Brandi said...

Amber, this is such a sweet story. Milo is a beautiful dog. We have 3 rescue dogs and we love them to pieces. So glad Milo has such a loving family to care for her.

Terry said...

Awww...great story. Big doggy hugs from our house.

Kadie said...

What a nice post!! It's so lovely to read a happy story. Hugs to you and your fur baby!:)

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Sue Alexander said...

makes me miss my puppy so much, they are like little members of the family.

Kristy said...

Precious! Your newest follower from Happy Hour. :)

Melanie @ bear rabbit bear said...

What a lovely story!!

Blythe said...

My oldest baby is my big furry 100 lb Golden Doodle! He is an important member of our family. Dogs are amazing companions. So glad you and Milo found each other!
Blythe
http://www.thedesperatecraftwives.blogspot.com

Jani said...

Amber, any story about dogs, I will read! We have a big baby named, Emmy. She's part of our family and we love her dearly! Keep blogging about Milo... I'll be a faithful reader and will love those posts!

Maureen Hayes said...

Milo is such a cutie, and I had to laugh about the things he is afraid of because I have two cats we rescued from the shelter and they are afraid of the same things, even after 4 years of love and affection from my mom and I! I guess the poor things were traumatized when they where so young that certain things will always scare them.

I have always said that I prefer animals to people, because animals love us unconditionally. I am glad you and your husband have Milo, you have made his life a happy one and he has obviously returned the favor!

Please keep doing posts like this, it is so nice to read something happy and upbeat in a world full of sadness. I am new follower and found you through Adrienne at Happy Hour.

MeGlo said...

Milo looks sooo LOVEABLE!!!! Happy dog, happy life!

Coleen McCrea Katz said...

What a cutie!!! We have two little dogs, a Maltese and a Teddybear (part Bichon and part Shi Tzu). They are like babies. They are always so happy to see you!!!

Confessions of a Stay at Home Mommy said...

Thank you so much for sharing this. She sounds so much like my own little fur baby, Lucy. :)

Lovely Light said...

Nice story; she looks adorable! Dogs are the best companions.