Monday, December 23, 2013

Tobias Funke

We all know that I'm no fun. In addition to be the chubbiest vegetarian of all time, I am not much of an animal fan. We never had pets growing up, and I never really thought I would have them as an adult. This comes mainly out of fear, probably from the time that my brother was throwing teenie weenies at the dalmatian next door and the ol bitch pounced on my face. 



The week that I started dating Chris, he went and adopted Chauncey. I was so in love and obsessed that I faked my dog-love until I got that shit on lock down. Things like this have been known to blow up in my face. Similar to being asked how much Excel experience I had when my boss hired me. Never answer that you are the Queen of Excel. Your life will consist of hitting the damn Microsoft help bubble and YouTube'ing videos in different languages just to make a Pareto chart.

Now back to my story. I am not an animal person.

But after we had to put Chauncey to sleep a few weeks ago, our house has felt empty. I no longer know when someone to driving by to rob us. I now have to clean up all of Olive's supper that she throws on the ground. Chris is depressed. And I would let him sleep with us until the end of time if I could have a re-do.

So for the last couple of weeks, Chris has been asking me for a dog for Christmas. Of course I am not on board. I am still emotionally traumatized from having to put down Chauncey unexpectedly and I don't want to potty train and puppy and a toddler at the same time. Not enough Lumiday or Miller Lt in the world for that.

Every time he brings it up, I play the bitch card. Or just be myself. And say absolutely not, we have brand new carpet, we need to potty train Olive, etc, etc, etc. Just no.

My friends at work have been sending me pictures and ads of dogs for weeks. I finally told them that if I am meant to get a dog, I will see a sign, but for now, I think we are going to wait until spring. About 30 minutes later, I head to the dentist to have my teeth cleaned. I shit you not, when I walked in the door, there was a SIGN ON THE WALL that said the dental hygienist had a litter of miniature dachshunds, who looked just like Chauncey, that would be weaned by Christmas. And when I was talking about a sign, I wasn't thinking a real freaking sign with colorful marker and pictures. But sometimes God has to make things crystal clear for me.

The only kicker was that the puppies were kind of expensive and I didn't know how I would take out that amount of money without him asking any questions. The dental hygienist then offered to mail me a fake dental bill. That was tempting. But instead, I texted my mother in law, the dog lover of dog lovers, the woman who buys cat food for cats that are not even her own... and I ask if she can help me out. Of course, she says yes and mails the lady a check without Chris knowing.



On Friday, while he was at work, I went over and picked up the puppy. I then took the puppy to my BFF's, Joan's, house where he was supposed to stay until Christmas Eve. The plan was to go over there after dinner to see the lights and let her see the kids.

But Saturday morning, I couldn't take it any longer. After hiding my phone and deleting texts like I was a whore on Cheaters, I finally texted Joan that I was on my way to get the puppy. When we walked in her house, she had the puppy all bundled in a blanket. Chris immediately knew what was going on... and the smile on his face will stay with me for-ev-er. It was the best.

We named our little puppy Tobias Funke (10 cool-points if you get the reference)... or Toby! He is just the most calm and well behaved little pup. Haven keeps calling him "Baby Chauncey"... and I think Olive believes it is Chauncey. But regardless, we are all happy again! 

Even this Grinch's heart grew a few sizes bigger...



Also, while you are jumping around today, be sure to stop by two of my favorite blogs. 



First up is Emily from Beauty and the Greek. I met Emily in Fort Wayne when we both did the Fort4Fitness half marathon. She finished hours before I did, but she is probably one of the prettiest people I have met in real life... and so, so nice. She is a nurse that is in the middle of building her dream home with her husband. Emily also just completed her first full marathon this month. Go check her out and some her some love HERE and be sure to add her to your bloglovin' HERE


Amy from Crazy Wise Woman has one of the best new blogs out there. She is a single mom of three, who works full time and it on the fitness train. She plays tennis, cooks, blogs, and is really funny. Amy also offers virtual interior design services on her blog. I like that she posts a little bit of everything-- her gifs are HILARIOUS. Please head over and visit Amy's blog HERE and add her to your bloglovin' HERE.



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41 comments:

  1. I'm so, so, so happy for you! You all look SUPER happy :) Merry Christmas!

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  2. Toby is adorable! Congratulations! Fingers crossed the potty training goes smoothly!

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  3. Awww, from now on this Christmas will be referred to as "the Christmas we got Toby!" Maybe Toby will make it easier to potty train OB? Or, maybe she'll start going to the bathroom outside like Toby. Either way works.

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  4. Oh man, he is soo cute! Love the Arrested Development tie in, will he wear denim, too?! LOL...anyways, I never wanted a dog, and right after we got married, a fried asked if we could take her dog. We did and that damn girl has us wrapped around her, and we adoped a 2nd dog one year later..a daschund, and he is so sweet!

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  5. Toby is adorable, congratulations!
    xoxo
    Rachel

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  6. Toby is so cute! Chris must be really excited :) Merry Christmas Stanfields!

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  7. Toby is so cute! Chris must be really excited :) Merry Christmas Stanfields!

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  8. OMG how sweet is that!!! You rock!

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  9. He is adorable I am so glad you got him - I think he is the perfect addition to the Stanfield Clan:) See you soon - lovaaaaaaa!

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  10. That little toot could not be any cuter. He is going to be so loved! So proud of you for going through with it- a memory that will last a lifetime!

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  11. That is the best puppy name ever, haha! Love it. And I'm so proud of you! A puppy and potty training. If that doesn't put you in the running for mom of the year I don't know what does, lol.

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  12. Oh my goodness what an adorable little puppy!!!! I am pretty sure that little puppy just bought you some major brownie points to which you can use in your favor ;)

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  13. I adopted a second dog as a Valentines present for my then boyfriend (I am married to the guy now). I said, "I'm getting another dog." He said, "I will move out if you do." All lies. Got him the dog, and they were instant besties. Bobo and Jesse 4life.

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  14. awww....Toby looks just like my mom's mini!! His name is Rocky, we call him RockDog cuz he's a stud like that.
    go you with the Christmas spirit!

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  15. He's precious!! Do your best to keep him off any and all carpet in your house for the next 6 months. I made that mistake with Ivy and Madison when I was potty training them and just when I'd think we were 100% potty trained---nope! We're actually getting new carpet put into our less than 2 year old house next week thanks to those two little monsters. Have fun with Toby! Dogs are the best!!!! :)

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  16. I might be a smidge emotional because of the holidays but I totally cried reading this.

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  17. Adorable! What a great Christmas gift. :)

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  18. I have a soft spot for cute weiners!
    ... I had to! ;)

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  19. Oh my gosh- too cute! That's a very sweet thing of you to do.

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  20. Aw that puppy is soooo cute :) Such a sweet surprise for your husband!

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  21. Such a sweet story! It'll be hard to beat that awesome gift next Christmas! Haha! Toby is adorable!

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  22. I'm a sucker for happy endings! Toby had me tearing up! Happy for you guys!

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  23. So, so sweet!! Gah, now I've got baby fever AND puppy fever!

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  24. He is ADORABLE! Good luck with potty training, and it's a good thing he's cute. :) Thanks for the shout out! You are seriously too nice.

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  25. I cant even handle Toby!! I want a wiener dog soo bad its sick, but we cant get one because we have cats and they cant/dont go outside :( One day when we have a house, I hope! Our wiener dog Bitsy was the best dog ever and we had her til she was 14! And I told you on IG, our cats name is Maeby :)

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  26. Congrats on the new addition!!

    I adore my mini dachshund! I have been talking about getting a lap dog for years now because well my other two are NOT lap dogs (both weighing in at 55 pounds), I should probably mention I usually hate small dogs and couldn't settle on a single one I actually wanted. So for my birthday this year the husband surprised me with a dachshund puppy. Officially the coolest small dog EVER. She is calm, cuddly, cute as heck and is pretty good about potty training so far. They have just great personalities and are as cute as buttons!!!

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  27. toby is seriously sweet. i died a little over the picture with him snuggled on that blanket!
    our puppies have gotten a piece of cheese every single day since chauncey went to puppy heaven. you will have to let us know if toby loves cheese too!
    this allllmost makes me want a puppy again! almost.

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  28. I literally AWWWED out loud and smacked my hand over my mouth, Toby is SO freaking cute! I grew up in a strictly cat-only family and have only had one dog prior to the present, who was a Pomeranian (that thought he was a lab, but was still fairly cat-like.) Last May I graduated college and was like "let's get a puppy!" and found the ad for the cutest puppies I'd ever seen in our newspaper. Long story short my "puppy" is currently 9 months old and 95lbs. It's been... an experience!

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  29. Awww, Toby is precious! Glad you re-opened your heart to a new puppy. I really believe a a house isn't a home without a pet (treated well,obviously). As much work as they can be, they offer a sweet companionship that humans can't offer.

    Merry Christmas!

    -Dot

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  30. Oh Toby!! I grew up with my parents raising mini dachshunds and swear there is NO cuter puppy in the world. And as long as you only have one or two..they are amazing dogs. Now..you get to 13 like we had at one time and they WILL take out an entire fleet of poultry and your beloved cat. Just a warning. So glad you added that cute boy to the family!! Enjoy the puppy breath! I'd buy the shit out of that if Yankee candle made it! :)

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  31. So adorable! I've always thought dachshunds make the cutest puppies, but B will never ever let me get one. When Teddy dies B wants a lab. Merry (late) Christmas!

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  32. I did NOT used to be an an animal person either! So happy y'all got little Toby. So cute! Hope y'all had a great Christmas!!!

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  33. omg he is sooo cute!!! i want a puppy but i won't get one until i have a backyard and more space.

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  34. He is so freaking adorable, it almost makes me want a puppy. Almost. :)

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