Monday, May 9, 2011

Picking Our Puppy: Bella "Blue" Harris

Bella "Blue" Harris

After 6 long weeks, we can finally say that Blue is our Bella!! Kitty called Friday evening after dinner to tell us that we had the final choice between Blue and Green. She said Yellow was everyone's first pick and she ended up keeping that one for herself (how nice of her..I even offered to pay extra to have yellow but she shot that down quick!) White was the next to go followed by orange. Since we had the fourth pick, that left blue and green. I am so thankful that at least one of those two had been in our top three this whole time! If you remember, Blue was our #1 choice in the first round. She stood out to us with the first impression and you know what they say about a first impression...! Kitty said that Blue is a very elegant, mild mannered dog and Green is very rambunctious and has lots of energy. Naturally we went with Blue!! She will fit in with our family perfectly. Plus, Hunter even let me know that he preferred Blue over white the whole time but knew I liked white so he didn't want to say anything. haha

I will admit it...I couldn't help but be just a little disappointed after getting of the phone with Kitty but I think I was partly in shock. It was official! We've been going through this process for 6 weeks now (and so have y'all by keeping up with us!) and we finally know which one is going to be a part of our family in a couple weeks!! I absolutely cannot wait to meet her. She is going to be so spoiled. :) I don't have any updated pictures of her since  my last post, so I decided to post a few of her throughout the "picking our puppy" process!

Bella Blue Harris
born 3/24/2011

@ 1 Day

@ 1 Day

@ 3 Weeks

@ 3 Weeks

@ 6 Weeks
@ 6 Weeks

Friday, May 6, 2011

Picking Our Puppy: Round #3

The puppies turned 6 weeks yesterday! I remember the day they were born and it seemed like these 8 weeks were going to take FOR-EVERRRRRR to go by! Two weeks from today I will be flying up to Minnesota to pick up our little Bella! Yep, we went with Bella. I've been wanting to name a dog Bella for a few years now. I'm not going to say that she is named after the Twilight character because she is not. However, it was while reading the Twilight Saga that I realized how much I liked the name and decided that the female dog I eventually adopted would be named Bella! I love the Bella character in theTwilight books a lot more than Kristin Stewart's movie character so while most people may picture Kristin Stewart when i say the name Bella, I picture the original character I created in my mind who surprisingly looked more like myself! ;)

When we got the email from Kitty yesterday telling us to make our final picks, I realized that this is probably the last round of pictures, and the next time I see them will be in person. I also second guessed every thought and reason I had for picking the top three that we did. Its so hard to choose a puppy based on their looks because they can have such different personalities. Hopefully, when Kitty calls to ask for our picks, she will give us insight about their personalities to help make our decision. There is a good chance we may not get our number one choice, especially since we only had the 4th reserved female. But Kitty said she would try to make sure we each get one of our top three so I am praying she sticks by her word.

A former student came by my room the other day because she is graduating and going to TCU next year. She plans on rushing and wanted to talk to me about the whole process. So I sat with her for about 45 minutes and talked about what to expect, what to wear, and how the process of choosing works. I told her how I had a hard decision to make because I really liked my top 3 choices for the final "pref" round. I literally did "eenie meenie miney moe" to decide between my first and second choices. I would have been happy with either sorority and ultimately left it to chance (well really God's hands). I knew that when I opened that card on Bid Day, I was going to be where God wanted me to be. It turned out that the sorority I had ultimately chosen as number one choose me too! And I can't see myself as anything other than a Pi Phi. So I relate sorority rush to picking my puppy. All three of our top females are absolutely beautiful and come from great parents and even grandparents. I will be happy with any of them!

It may seem silly to some, but I have been praying for our puppy for the past 6 weeks. I have been praying that she is healthy and well-raised, that she is mild tempered and has the right energy for our household. I have been praying that she gets along well with her siblings and is not too dominant but not the most submissive of the litter either. And I have been praying that she fulfills this need I have had since middle school of a faithful and loving companion to both me and Hunter. I pray that God gives Kitty the direction and wisdom that she needs to match her puppies with their owners. And I believe in my heart, that God will bless us with the exact puppy he desires us to have whether she be yellow, white, or blue!

So without further ado, here are our final puppy picks! One of these precious puppies will be our Bella!

1. Yellow

2. White

3. Blue

Let the countdown begin continue...!