Well, if you follow me on instagram, then you got to see the big surprise already. We didn’t get just one puppy….we got TWO! Go ahead and let that sink in. 🙂 And then take as long as you need to soak up all of the adorableness.
Chris and I have known for several weeks now, but we were keeping it a secret, because we hadn’t told Carter yet.
So here’s how it all went down….
After Scout passed away, we always knew we would eventually get a new puppy. But we were so broken hearted when we lost him, our hearts definitely needed some time to heal. Chris and Carter constantly talked about wanting to get 2, but I shut down the conversation every single time. Two? HECK NO. NO WAY. No thank you.
And then we met all the puppies about a month ago (mama had 13 puppies!). And y’all. My heart started changing.
Now, even though my heart had started changing, I didn’t tell anybody. Because even though I was starting to think about the idea of 2, I was scared. But about a week later, things started happening. When talking about the puppy to other people (we were so excited and showing the above pictures to everybody!), several different people were trying to convince us that getting two was better. And I’m telling you, they were pretty darn convincing. And then, I went to lunch with my dad. We were talking about how cute the puppies were, and out of the blue he said “So are y’all getting two puppies?”
I responded with “no” and a nervous laugh, but deep down inside I was thinking “I think we are!” (again, even though I hadn’t told anybody). He said “The second I saw the pics from last week, I thought y’all were going to end up with two.”
Well, that was it.
I went home and immediately told Chris that I was thinking we should get two. He was floored at what he was hearing. I mean, he’d been talking about two forever, and I had shut him down time after time. And now, here I was saying “TWO”! I texted a couple of friends that had 2 dogs, asked them their opinions, and they both said that 2 at a time was so much better…so much fun.
We talked about it the rest of the day, but went back and forth. That night I was sitting on the couch and Chris was sitting in his chair, and I sent him this picture from our first meeting with the pups. Puppies had been crawling all over Carter that day, and I happened to grab this picture of him with 2. We both teared up, and that’s when it became official. We were going to get two.
So, that’s how it happened. We made the decision to keep it from Carter because we absolutely loved the idea of surprising him!!!!! Now there’s been a couple of times I’ve said “puppies” instead of “puppy” at home, but thank heavens Carter didn’t catch on.
After we met the pups the first time, we had 4 weeks (4 reallllllllllly long weeks) before we were able to bring them home. The plan was to go out this past Friday and pick Buddy. And remember, Carter only thought we were getting 1 at this point! We were first pick of the litter for the boys (there were 7 boys total that were all adorable), but it was pretty easy to pick out this little guy……..
We had our eye on him the first time we met the litter. He was the chubbiest and fluffiest of the bunch, two very big criteria Carter had when deciding on a puppy. 🙂 We told the breeders about Scout, and how he was so calm and loving, and they agreed that this was the one for our family.
Already in love!
So here’s the heartbreaking part of the story, and why you don’t see Carter in any of the above pictures. We spent Friday morning at home, just getting excited about going to pick out Buddy. We hopped in the car about 11:00 and were going to grab lunch at one of our favorite burger spots on our way out of town before our appointment to pick out Buddy at 1:00. Realllllly long story short, Carter started not feeling well. I texted Jena and asked her if we could go later that day or early Saturday (remember we were the first pick, so we had to get there before the other families did on Saturday). As she’s texting me back that the second family was actually coming at 2:45 that day, Carter started throwing up. Yep. In the car, throwing up.
We ran home, threw Carter in the shower, and gave him a choice. We told him we could either trust Daddy to pick out Buddy, or we would just have stuff in the car with us in case he got sick, and he could still go. Without hesitation, Carter said “I’m going.” He was NOT going to miss out on this moment.
On the way there, he got sick again. Awesome.
At this point, I wasn’t convinced it wasn’t just a nervous stomach because he was just so dang excited…but we decided it wasn’t smart to chance it. Just in case he did have a bug, we didn’t want to expose the pups, so we told him he was going to have to stay in the car.
And y’all. It crushed him.
He was so sweet about it, but his little heart was breaking. He had to watch us interact with the pups, love on them, play with them and he sat in the car with his nose pretty much pressed up against the window watching it all. Saddest. Thing. Ever.
So we picked out Buddy, took him over to the car and introduced him to Carter, and then left. Remember, at this point Carter still thought we were just getting 1 pup and that we were driving back to get Buddy on Saturday. (We told Carter we had to go back the next day to get him because he wasn’t 8 weeks old yet and he had to be 8 weeks before we were allowed to take him.) The real story of course was that we just wanted to take both pups home at the same time.
Third pick had an appointment Saturday morning, so we had to wait until after they picked their furry guy before we got to pick our 2nd! We were praying that Carter would rally and be able to be able to go back with us to pick the 2nd and get to fully enjoy the surprise. I mean, I’d been dreaming about the surprise for weeks, he HAD to get better!
Well….prayers were answered and Carter seemed totally fine by about 6:00 Friday night. Thank you, God! He ate dinner, kept it down, and slept all night.
Our appointment was Saturday at 11:00 a.m. Carter could not wait to snuggle Buddy. He was about to come unglued on our way there.
He got out of the car and went straight to Buddy for some puppy lovin’.
We let him love on Buddy for a bit, and then we let him interact with the other pups. He was having the best time, but he had no idea that we were about to reveal the huge secret that we had been keeping!
If you want to see the video of THE BIG SURPRISE, click HERE. You might want to get some tissues ready. Or maybe that’s just me. I’ve seriously probably watched it 50 times, and I cry almost every time I watch it.
So, we would like to introduce to you…… Buddy and Charlie Sims! We’re a family of 5 now! And to be honest, I’m not sure who is the most excited. 😉
After a bit more time with the other pups, it was time for us to pack our guys up and take them to their forever home.
We know that although the first bit is going to be challenging (to say the least), we are up to the task! And I’m telling you, we are are in love. I mean, how could we not be.
I’ll of course be posting pics here and there of the new pups on both the blog (on Friday Favorites) and instagram (search @sheaffertoldmeto for my account), but if you are a dog lover and would like to really follow along, follow them on instagram HERE (search @ourgoldenpups). We created an account for them to guard against me over-sharing them on my Sheaffer Told Me To accounts. 🙂 Chris and Carter are going to run it, and you’ll be sure to see plenty of puppy cuteness over there.
I hope y’all have a wonderful July 4th with your families. I’ll see you back here on Wednesday! Before you go, here’s some more pictures from the last day and a half. I think it might be time to increase storage on my phone. 😉
It’s amazing how many visitors you have when they know they’ll get to see some precious pups if they come over.
And here’s some more from our weekend.
Remember, if you are a dog lover, you can follow along with Buddy and Charlie over on instagram on the handle @ourgoldenpups.
And if anybody is interested, there are still two sweet boy puppies left! If you want me to connect you, you can e-mail me for info!