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Re: The iMore 20K Post Challenge - Are you up for it?
Here is the whole story of why no gym yesterday OR today for that matter
It all started 6 years ago. We rescued my puppy, Mikey (85lb Boxador), from the shelter. He has been our baby ever since, my walking buddy and just overall a GREAT dog. Well yesterday, my wife and kids wanted to do something nice for the shelter (we donate to them all the time) and bring them all of our old towels and blankets. This was all done without my knowledge, while I was at work.
At 4pm, I am walking out to my car all pumped to go to the gym when I get a text from my wife. She sends me pictures and video of my kids with Jessie, a tiny 2 year old Beagle mix. She then tells me the kids would love it if we could bring Mikey to the shelter to meet Jessie. So what do I do??? Ignore the texts, nope that would have been the correct thing to do. Instead I call them and I do the thing I do best, my father given right, and say NO!!!. First I talk to my kids and I give them the reasons why we wont be getting another dog. They are both noticeably upset. Then I talk to my wife and that does not end well. I got off the phone and continued on my way to the gym, then the guilt of my wife and kids hit me. I call them back and give in and say "FINE! we can bring Mikey to see Jessie, but we are still not getting another dog." I am still exercising my given father right of saying NO!!! . I get home, change, get Mikey in the car and off we go.
We get to the shelter and have them bring Jessie out to meet Mikey. He could care less about her, mostly because she was an ankle bitter to him They played and ran out in the run for a while, but my answer was still NO!!! I felt she was tooooo small and he would hurt her if they decided to play rough. They brought Jessie back in, but since we were there already I said we could let Mikey play with a few other dogs. First was a Pitbull mix. She scared the kids. Next was a Boxer mix just like Mikey, but he was brought to the shelter for snapping at a little kid. So in the end we did not leave with another dog.
My kids and wife were devastated. I told them we could sponsor Jessie, so another family would not have to pay the adoption fee. They said they would like that so I whipped out the credit card and paid the fee. While I was doing that they asked if they could go spend a few more minutes with Jessie. This time I sad... YES (I guess I let my father guard down for a minute, because I was spending money)
10 minutes later they came out of the visiting room and all three of them, both kids and my wife were balling. They cried the whole way home. You would have thought we just brought their pet TO the shelter. Anyway, after lots of talking we got home and I went about my evening routine to get ready for work. I went to bed shorty after. My son could not sleep and spent a while crying about Jessie. I think my wife was crying with him too.
This morning I got up and went for my 4 mile walk with Mikey. All I could think about was how awful my family felt, which in turn made me feel awful. I got home, showered, get ready for work and left. While I was in the car I decided I couldn't bear to see my kids and wife upset. Here comes the part about why I cant go to the gym tonight either.
We are going to give Jessie a new home and adopt her. I called my wife from work and told her, she practically jumped out of her skin in excitement. I made her promise not to tell the kids. It will be full on storybook. Dad will come home from work with the dog in arm . I already arranged to leave work early, get Jessie, bring her to the Vet for a check up and then bring her home.
Here are a few pictures of Jessie from the shelter.
I will have more pictures later on after she is home with us.....
Here is an enjoyable thought for all of you. Tomorrow morning at 4:30am I will be walking Mikey my 85lb rock solid puppy and Jessie my new petite 10lb angel. Should be a pretty funny site
TL : DR- We are getting another dog