At last! We finally get to tell you all about Fred!!! Even though we were enjoying all these comments, we were also anxious to tell you about him 😀 We loved reading each and every one of them and hope that some of you aren’t disappointed when we say that Fred is a Shih-Tzu…a dog 😀 He isn’t a car, a buck, a bull, a salamander, or even a suitor 😀 He is pretty cute though! Don’t you agree?!
It all started with our grandma. One day she called Daddy and asked him if he’d come over because she had something she wanted to show him. If she would have said it was Fred, he wouldn’t have come, and she knew that 😀 It is doubtful very many of us would have wanted to come see Fred! Last fall our other Shih-Tzu (named Pooh) died of old age, and though we were sad that she had died, we also discovered how we liked not having to take the dog outside 3 times in 20 minutes! Okay, it was only that bad sometimes, but along with Pooh’s old age came heart problems, and along with heart problems came heart pills and water pills and therefore she had to go outside a LOT! We also liked going camping without bringing the dog along, and all around, we decided we did not want another inside dog.
However, Grandma had other ideas! Only some of us came along after church one Sunday to see whatever this was Grandma wanted to show us. The others were at home finishing up 4H projects that were due the next day 😀 Our Grandma lives in an apartment building and knew this man had to get rid of his little Shih-Tzu. As we said before, she also knew that we’d hear none of it if she had told us over the phone to come see this dog. So we were sitting in the lobby, visiting with Grandma before we went up to her apartment, when this man comes off the elevator with his dog. Our grandma is very sneaky! She mentioned that the dog’s name was Fred, and we petted him. She also mentioned that Fred’s owner was looking for a home for Fred, since he really couldn’t keep him there at the apartments very much longer. It took a little bit before we realized, “Oh! This is what Grandma wanted to show us!!!” It didn’t take too long to convince us that we really did want Fred after all 😀 All of the residents at the apartment building love Fred and did not want him to go away! He is only 3 years old (no old dog with heart troubles! at least for a while!) and he was very well behaved 😀 It was decided that we’d come get him sometime after the fair.
Those of us who were at home had no idea what had been decided until Mommy went to the computer, plugged her phone into it, and brought up a picture of Fred. “What dog is that?” we said.
“We saw him at Grandma’s,” she said 😀
“Oh?! Is it Grandma’s dog?!” We didn’t think Grandma would get a dog, but you never know!
“No, he’s ours!”
After we heard what a good little puppy he was, and saw how cute he was, and just the fact that Daddy said it was okay, convinced the rest of us who hadn’t had the privilege of meeting Fred yet, that we wanted him, too!
We had no idea Fred would cause such suspense, until we posted the first post about Fred! When several of you began to speculate that he was a suitor we were laughing that when one of us does start courting, and we announce it on our blog, you are just going to think it is another dog!!!
Now to explain the seemingly pointless “clues” we had for you….
Fred Update #1 said that Fred was coming over in a couple of weeks, which is what happened. We knew we couldn’t get him until after the fair, and the fair just ended last week 😀
Fred Update #2 said that Susannah didn’t think Fred had a chance. When they visited Grandma at the apartment and she was telling Daddy about Fred, trying to convince us to take him, Susannah really didn’t think that Daddy would say yes, because there were several of us who didn’t want another inside dog after Pooh died.
Fred Update #3 said that ever since last fall, Daddy and Jessica didn’t want someone like Fred over for a long time 😀 Last fall is when Pooh died, and both Daddy and Jessica didn’t want another inside dog. You may remember the poem about Jessica’s Pet Peeve 😀
Fred Update #4 informed you that everyone liked him, even our Grandma did 😀 The only person who didn’t was Isaiah, who for some strange reason has developed a fear of animals. He is warming up to Fred though! Thankfully! You can’t be afraid of animals if you’re a farm boy 😀
Fred Update #5 said that Fred helped Susannah get her job back. She used to groom Pooh, and lost that job when Pooh died last fall. Now that we have Fred, she has her dog-grooming job back 😀
Fred Update #6 said that Fred was not only going to be here this week, but would also be here for Susannah’s graduation open house in August. The reason is obvious, since he is a dog, and he’s staying with us 😀
Fred Update #7 and #8 just told you that you were about to find out soon! We originally had only 6 updates, and we weren’t sure just exactly when we were going to be getting Fred, so we made a few more! We were undecided if we were going to make you all wait until he was actually here or not, but then on Saturday we discovered that we’d be getting him on Sunday and we figured we’d speed things up a bit!
Yesterday when we went to pick Fred up we discovered that we knew Joe’s (Fred’s owner) granddaughter through 4H 😀 I guess she told him that she thought we had 10 kids. Joe told her, “No, they only have 9!” When Grandma heard that she laughed, “Only nine?!”
Thank you all for your patience, and all your comments!!! We loved reading them all 😀
Hey, what’s the matter Fred?! You want to say something to them, too?
Oh, okay! Well, we think he means to say ‘hi’ and that he liked all of your comments, too, but until we teach him to type for real, we can’t be sure!
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