Monday, March 10, 2014

Furry Friends or Foe

Furry Friends is the theme over at The Creativity Project on face book. We all know that furry friends are the best, but today as I write this blog I've had maybe 4 hours sleep in two days. Why, you ask? It's a long story, but the short version is a furry friend in our family refuses to sleep in the crate without whining and crying all night. NO, it's not this beautiful little Buttercup of a guinea pig, but something or someone even smaller. EEEK. Don't worry it's not a mouse either. I'll get to that story in a minute. 

For now, I'd like to introduce you to a very well mannered member of our family. Her name is Buttercup and she is peach of a pet. Caroline is the proud momma of this little piggy and she loves this squeaker with all her heart. They spend lots of time together working on homework, eating carrots, drawing pictures and cuddling. Well, Caroline does most of the drawing and homework, but Buttercup is a faithful cheerleader. We are so happy to have this little piggy in our family.

Buttercup said, "How does my hair look? I wanna bring some style to your blog, Lady."
See, she is so helpful.

Then there is NEWMAN. Don't let that cute face, big eyes and innocent look fool you. He may be little but he is a fierce competitor. All 2 pounds of him brought this 110 pound grown woman to her knees last night. Newman is our little rescue puppy that I love and adore, but, HE WILL NOT SLEEP in his crate without crying ALL night. Need I say more?? He has an older dog, Yogi to guide him in the way of proper bedtime manners, but Newman doesn't care. Yogi(who is not pictured in this blog) is not too sure of what to think of this little whipper snapper in his home. He's been so patient, but looks at me with this look that says, "Really mom, why couldn't you just have another baby? But no, you had to get this little turd, thanks." I think the old dog can teach this new dog how to behave...I hope :)

So, I hope when you see this little face you understand how he captured my heart, and my sleep. I hope you also have compassion for me and my family when you notice we all look like we haven't slept in days. Well, we probable haven't. Also, if you have ANY advice on how to get little turd to sleep, PLEASE call me, text me, mail me, or send note by pigeon. Until then I'm off to get my grouchy, sleepy, exhausted children to school. Please be sure to stop by and visit a very dear friend, I bet she has some beauties to share with you.


  1. Awww, Newman is adorable!! I once had a puppy that would cry and whimper whenever we left her in her crate the first night. We caved in and (yikes!) moved her crate into the bedroom next to my bed. Then she was fine. I also read somewhere to wrap a mechanical clock inside a towel and place it in the crate with them. Apparently the ticking of the clock would soothe them...? It's almost like having a newborn baby, isn't it, with the lack of sleep? I hope it gets better soon.

  2. Buttercup is adorable, but Newman just STOLE my heart! I am a huge advocate for adopting rescue pets, and you did good! He will get there; the ticking clock wrapped in the blankie does help. Sweet baby just needs to settle in and know that he is safe and loved and has found his FURever home. Thank you for adopting; what a wonderful thing to do!

  3. STOP THE TRUCK right this second. Seriously. Stop it. I am in LOVE with little Newman. He is SO darn cute. OK, now, I haven't owned a dog in a really long time, but I am wondering why he can't sleep next to you. Or on the bottom of the bed? Would that help him sleep better? Is that bad for dog owners? He is so tiny, so perhaps you are worried about rolling over on him : ).

    Thank you so much for sharing. I also adore little Buttercup. She is the cutest. She looks fuzzy and sweet.

    1. I learned why he can't sleep with me, he poops and pees in my bed. Otherwise, he would be snuggled up with me. When he potty trained and older, he will be a great bed buddy.

  4. totally adorable Kris, so glad you found a new little furry baby !!! congrats, and I love all the images <3 <3

  5. I love it! Wonderful shots to go with a great story!

  6. absolutely delightful post! HA! what a fabulous guinea pig : )
    my, oh, my, i can why you fell head over heels for newman! that is one goooorgeous pooch!
    ((((sorry about the lack of sleep)))

  7. Awwwww....too cute
    A bit like having a newborn, I guess.
    Sleepy or not, these are great photos.
    Remember, this too shall pass.

  8. I love little buttercup! So sweet! Oh Newman is like a new baby ! I love your story of your babies and hope you get some sleep soon:) Love the 1st image with buttercup all til the end with Newman

  9. Hi Kris!
    I am just now getting a chance to go around our circle at 9:00 PM. Can you put a picture up? Let me know. Thanks! Becky


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