Wednesday, March 22, 2006

Parenting

I was at my computer today when my husband brought in the mail after walking our Beagle,Madison.I laughed out loud at the one measly piece of mail we had received.It was an offer for"Parents"magazine.Not one,not two,but three full years of this magazine for only$12.00.Though I thought the price was great I laughingly declined when my husband Steve asked me if I was going to order it.He's got a unique sense of humor.I laughed at him because of the absurdity of it all.I am 44 and he is 53.We have been married since 11-21-92.For all of our married life I have dealt with infertility that was unexplained.In June of 2004 I had to have a complete hysterectomy due to endometrial cancer.This forever sealed my fate as a woman who never had children of her own.But I have still been allowed to parent.My husband has 2 adult kids from a prior marriage.And one granddaughter.More recently though I have been able to do a different kind of parenting.The puppy kind.In a previous post I mentioned we now had a dog in our home.Madison,a beautiful Beagle puppy,who came to live with us in December of 2005.She is almost a year old now.What none of us knew was that when Justin,my step-son purchased her,she was already pregnant.Had any of us known this she would not now be a part of our lives.We live in an apartment.Not on a farm which is a much better space for dogs.Especially pregnant ones.But Madison became a part of our lives.And on February 10th she delivered 8(yes,I said 8)very healthy puppies.Madison,a baby herself still,had 8 babies.We do not know who tha Father was.What breed,etc.We just know he was black for Madison has not a bit of black on her.But her puppies are each mostly black with bits of their mama's"fair"coloring scattered about their chubby little bodies.Life really changed here when they were born.I had not had a dog in nearly 30 years.We always had males growing up.Neutered males.This was a huge change for me at 44.Much like the change atage 40 when my step-kids came to live with us back in 2002.It had been just husband and I for a really long time.And now we had 8 little furry babies here.As they've grown we've lost sleep at night.Babies are on their own schedules when it comes to being hungry,etc.The same with puppies.Babies often leave messes of various kinds.So do puppies.Our recently purchased rug cleaner and our vacuums have really been getting a work out.So have I with the never ending laundry.Babies get stinky sometimes and need bathed.So do these puppies.Oh boy do they get stinky.Smile.They are officially weaned now.And we have managed to sell 4 of them to a local pet store.My SIL has taken another one so we are down to three little fur covered bundles plus Mama Madison.We are hoping the pet store will take the last 3 tomorrow.It has been heallatious here at times.But when one of those freshly bathed little chubby,furry bundles falls asleep in your arms it makes all the work worth it.Or when they see you walk into a room and they come running to you,tails wagging in unison as if to say"welcome back,we've missed you!"It's easy to forget the loss of sleep the night before because you are filled with joy over their excitement.Though we may be completely puppy free by this time tomorrow I will still have memories,Mama dog Madison and one little puppy living 20 minutes away in Salem to remind me of this time of puppy parenting.This chaotic,tiring,wonderful time of being a surrogate parent of sorts to 8 little fur covered bundles of joy!God is so good.
Blessings,Sharon

4 comments:

Ellen said...

What fun! I suppose all the mess and work and lack of space is what makes you able to give them up though... ha. Chubby little puppies and wired fluffy kittens.... nothing cuter on earth. Thanks for sharing!

Sharon said...

Hey Ellen!
Yes,those little guys and gals(4 each)were FUN once they got a little older and less whiny...LOL.And CUTE!Oh my were they cute.I had NO problem giving one to Steve's sister and selling the rest to a local Pet Store!:-)The messes left by them and their temporarily incontinent mom are still being cleaned up.In all my years as a renter I have NEVER ruined carpets due to having NO kids or pets.As much as we've cleaned and cleaned the carpets here I think we may lose our cleaning deposit should we ever move on from here.That distresses me big time.But God knows it was not intentional and I trust Him to work it ALL out for us.:-)So happy you blogged by Ellen.
Love ya,Sharon

Julie said...

Hi Sharon,

I did not know that you had temporarily adopted 8 puppies! How overwhelming and wonderful at the same time!!! I cannot imagine who much work it must have been, but certainly rewarding at the same time! There is nothing like having your pet greet you at the door and love you unconditionally! How did you make out with the Pet Store?
Julie

Sharon said...

Hey Julie!
Thanks for stopping by my blog!:-)We had not adopted the puppies.What had happened is our son/step-son had bought a dog in December named Madison.None of us,son included,knew she was pregnant when he bought her.She delivered 8 very healthy puppies in early February.The pet store bought 7 and my SIL took one(the runt who is now HUGE).It was quite the challenge.But we made it through.Thanks so much for stopping by.God bless you and keep you.
Love,Sharon :-)