This morning I woke up to strange sounds coming from just inside my front door. It was early (for us) and I was still half asleep and couldn’t quite make out what I was hearing. Of course I jumped up and out of the bed, ran to the top of the stairs and then tried to make my sleep-deprived brain comprehend what I was seeing and hearing. The husband was inside the front door with two black balls of fur. What?!
As I stumbled drowsily down the stairs, my brain all kinds of confusion, I realized there were two of the cutest puppies sitting by the front door. Puppies!!!
Now, I must confess… I’m not exactly a dog person (shhh… don’t tell Maggie- our dog). I mean, I love puppies like anyone else- they’re cute and cuddly and funny. But beyond playing with a puppy or even grown up dog for a little while, I can live without a furry four-legged friend. My sister is simply mad about dogs. She has a whole house full that I lovingly refer to as my nieces and nephews. But I guess that gene didn’t pass to me.
But who can resist this? I mean, come on! Don’t you remember my baby chicks? I’m a total sucker for anything cute.
Of course we had to wonder, where did they come from? Do they have a home? When exactly did they show up? The weather has been all kinds of crazy lately. Were they stuck outside in the 20 degree chill last night? And furthermore, what do we do with them?
We already know if we keep them too long we’ll become attached. Heck, it’s been only a few hours and already I can’t imagine our house without them.
Back in about October we adopted Meow-ser, the crow… no, I’m totally kidding, the cat (obviously). Meow-ser showed up and of course we started feeding her. Then her friends showed up: Chocolate Chip, Snowflake, and Tabby. The other three were more stand-off-ish, but we adopted Meow-ser. She didn’t come in the house but the husband made her a little home on the front porch, started buying cat food and for Christmas Meow-ser got a comfy pet bed. She’s pretty much ours now.
It’s funny. Living out in the country, things do just show up. I mean, there’s the obvious creatures around- snakes, birds, etc. But things show up that need your love and care. Like cats. And puppies.
The hard part is deciding what you can take care of and what you can’t. I think you have to have a certain amount of allowance for adopting some of the new creatures. I mean, to put out food for a stray cat or two really isn’t going to add that much to the budget. But we can’t take in and care for every creature that shows up. It’s costly. Puppies need shots and to be fixed and eat a lot more than one stray cat. Maybe we decide we can take these in, but what about the next ones? And there will be more.
I guess ultimately, we just have to come to terms that every cute little thing that needs a home, doesn’t necessarily need our home. And we have to stay focused on taking care of the things we do have and especially the things that are contributing to our life (i.e. chickens). Plus, we have a plan for some future life-contributing animals that we have to budget for. If all of that budget is taken up because we’re suckers for cuteness and have far too big hearts then there won’t be anything left for the animals and plants that are going to hopefully make us more self-sustainable.
In the meantime, what’s two cute little puppies going to do? (Yes, I’m aware of the irony in that question.) And this non-dog person is falling in love…