So Then We Got a Dog {Orange County Photographer}

Orange County Photographer Christie Hobson

The last two months have been insane.  Like, Mommy’s-Packing-This-Big-Bag-Because-She’s-Losing-It-And-Moving-to-a-Cave-Now-Go-Eat-Some-Fruit-Snacks-Mmmmkay? insane.

We bought our first home (yay!) and moved (boo!).  Moving is … hard.  And a lot of work.  And, also, might I add, A LOT OF WORK.  All the packing, and sorting, and utility junk, and bills and school changes and work on the new home, etc. etc. etc.  It’s a lot … and with three kiddos, it is even more.  Because on top of everything else, I am in mommy-mode; trying to make a smooth transition for them … they are leaving their old home, old neighborhood, old friends and old school.  And my mama gut feels bad and guilty like I am sending them to live in an orphanage/prison/assylum instead of giving them a backyard.

And so.  We got them a puppy.  The day before we moved. Because SURELY (!!!) nothing on earth will make this all go much smoother and easier than an animal to pee all over the place, dig up the new carpet and wake up 3 times a night to … pee all over the place.

And that is how Scout Finn Sweetie Octopus joined our family.  And I have to say … it’s like he was always here.  (That is a fine indicator of the chaos that ensues consistently in our home).

(Above photos were taken by my brilliant friend, and world renowned pet photographer, Melissa Palomo.)

The kids obviously fell in love with him the minute they spotted the furry surprise under our bushes.  As they days went on, their love grew in surprising ways:
Day three:  I love our puppy!  Mom, he peed on the floor.
Day six:  No, Scout!  Mom, he’s biting me.
Day nine:  WAAAAAAHHHHH!!!  (tears plus puncture wound)

Soon, my visions of this:

Had transformed into a reality of this:

Orange County Photographer Christie Hobson

Jake, Grace and Nathan spending hours perched on top of the furniture, hiding and protecting each other from certain bloodshed.  Just what I anticipated when I picked up that cute timid furball for the first time.

Matt and I watched the Dog Whisperer and wondered why he wears such tight shirts?  did a lot of consulting and research, and found some ways to keep Scout’s vicious rampages to a minimum.  The kids are back to loving him more than they are terrified of him (like, a 60-30 ratio).

Orange County Photographer Christie Hobson

We’re still adjusing.

Having a puppy is like having another child.  He isn’t potty trained, he puts everything in his mouth, he talks back, and only likes me when I am feeding him.  It’s like we adopted a cross between a two year old and a teenager. 

Orange County Photographer Christie Hobson

And he will cut you if you interrupt digging time.

But I love him and am generally obsessed with him …  I never really got the “dog people” until I became one.  Now, I think about him when making plans, worry about his  diet/exercise/brain stimulus and pass an aisle at Target and think “Ohemgeee!  Scout would look so cute in this dog poncho + sombrero combo!”  Yes, I even fall for the dog clothes.  DOG CLOTHES, PEOPLE.  

Orange County Photographer Christie Hobson

I’m not the only one who has fallen for him …

Orange County Photographer Christie Hobson

And all I have to say about that, is “You said no to number 4, remember?”

Honestly, Scout has been a gift.  I walk around our home, and smile when I hear his paws following me.  We come home from school or doing errands, and everyone runs to him like the tree on Christmas morning.  I snuggle him at night, and don’t care when he licks my open mouth, is that TMI?  face.  I wake up to him whining for food, and my thoughts of SHUTUPITISFIVEOCLOCK! turn to mush when I see his sweet cocked head looking at me through the wires of his crate.

Orange County Photographer Christie Hobson

Orange County Photographer Christie Hobson

We love him so much.  And he loves us.

Orange County Photographer Christie Hobson

We think.

Cristine - June 25, 2011 - 10:28 am

OMG I. am. in. tears!!! As the owner of a one year old German Shorthair Pointer, I feel your pain. and your love. and your what the heck did we DO!! and then more love.

And I *love* Scout Finn Sweetie Octopus’s full name. Our pup’s (can I still call her that at a year old) full name is Emily Birdie Em Chem Wem.

CJ Wilkes - June 25, 2011 - 11:17 am

OMG – so stinking cute!!! These are fantastic!

blog - June 25, 2011 - 11:22 am

Cristine, exactly! LOL! 😉 And yes, 55 names was crucial to this family of 5 who could not decide on one, haha!

Jennifer - June 25, 2011 - 11:35 am

You are so awesome, thank you for sharing the above story 🙂

Jaclyn L - June 25, 2011 - 12:50 pm

BAAAHAAAHAHAH!!! I’m dying over here!! The pictures of the kids on the back of the chair!! That is now where my kids watch TV. Elise now sits on the table while eating her cereal… and refuses to wear skirts, dresses or nightgowns! I would say we are at a 20/80 love/fear of the dog! The kids, not me. I’m about a 90/10… There might be a smidge of pissed-off in there for peeing alllllll oveeeeer my pottery barn rug!
Scout FINN Sweetie Octopus is super cute!! But really what is with THOSE dog people!?! At this point I’m only spending 100% more a week on dog toys than kids toys.

Sandy W. - June 25, 2011 - 7:52 pm

OMG…I love it…you crack me up, and believe me, after a day at Legoland with the kids and coming home to a “blessing” of our own, I can appreciate every word of your blog!!! Don’t worry Christie, in 6 more years he’ll be “perfect”! 🙂

Melissa - June 25, 2011 - 10:46 pm

OMG I love this blog post. You are such an amazing & talented writer – I hate you for that because it’s just not fair to be such a great writer AND photographer. 🙂 I love Scout and I can’t believe how BIG he has gotten!

Liz - June 26, 2011 - 3:20 am

How cute! Looks like a perfect addition to your family!

Stacy - June 26, 2011 - 7:32 am

So adorable!! Made me giggle this morning.

Megan - June 26, 2011 - 3:40 pm

oh that is just too funny! I totally remember those early puppy days. Great pictures to remember these chaotic times.

Holly - June 26, 2011 - 4:06 pm

Oh I can just see why you love him so much! What an adorable little guy!! Just love the stories you shared about him already 😉 Congrats on the new home and pup!

April - June 26, 2011 - 8:27 pm

Cutest post ever:) Love all of the pics of the new terror er…I mean member of your family!

Leah Jent - June 27, 2011 - 5:03 am

I love him! He is adorable, your post is hilarious, and your photos are great! Keep being awesome, mmmkkay?

Amanda - June 27, 2011 - 9:42 am

First, I love the post. All so true, and so wonderful. And, that dog is so freakin cute that he belongs on card, or a tv show. And having animals is so special for kids, and oh so much work for us, but they are worth it…and the kids are too. 😉

Susan - June 27, 2011 - 2:02 pm

LOVE all the puppy photos! What a cutie!

Tori Piercy - June 27, 2011 - 3:46 pm

Awwww what a cutie! We have 2 labs and adore them 🙂 I hope he brings your family tons of happiness!

Evelyn - June 28, 2011 - 12:15 pm

Cute! Cute! Cute! I love reading your blog – and well, the new puppy is so cute!! Congrats on the new house too.

laureen - July 6, 2011 - 9:15 pm

lol – your post brings back a flood of memories! One of my favorite pictures is of our four year old death grip hugging our chocolate lab puppy…he is scratched from head to toe in the shot from the dog – but all smiles! Our lab is now 7…and I can guarantee you, if you can get through this difficult time, your lab will bring your family more love and joy than you can ever imagine! mine still drives me nuts on occasion, like when he ate half of my birthday cake off the counter last week…but I wouldn’t trade him for the world! My biggest piece of advice for a lab puppy owner is…NEVER EVER let him have that first taste of people food…EVER!

enjoy…great post!

nicola toon - July 7, 2011 - 7:51 am

amazing post. Such a breath of fresh air to see something different. I’m a crazy dog person too….I know how you feel 🙂

Gina Shanley - July 8, 2011 - 2:24 pm

Followed a link from ILP to your blog and am I ever glad I did! Your work is fabulous and your writing is hysterical!

We too have a yellow lab puppy and have experienced ALL the same woes!

jen - July 11, 2011 - 1:36 pm

SO freakin’ funny! My puppies are all 10 years old now – it was so fun to take that *walk down memory lane* without having to go through it all again, haha. Scout Finn Sweetie Octopus looks like the best dog ever!!!!

Amy - July 19, 2011 - 3:34 pm

Christie, this is the funniest thing you have posted since your infamous “ring shot” from your wedding! That one still makes me laugh! Great post!

Lisa Burston - September 6, 2012 - 1:24 am

Beautiful and so fun to read! He is gorgeous! Amazing!

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