In the beginning, JD adamantly only wanted two children. I thought that four would be perfect. Once we caught God's vision of putting orphans into families, our plan was multiplied by God. We are currently blessed with 12 children; five biological, six adopted and one more waiting in Ethiopia. Our first adoption was from the U.S., the next three were from Liberia, West Africa, and our last two were from Ethiopia. We are supporting our 12th child in Ethiopia after her adoption could not pass court.

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Puppy or Kids

 I have to admit there has been a good bit of discussion around here about re-homing Magnum. I think yesterday, when I really thought about it, that I can't do it - I'm quite attached to him. The problem is really not Magnum, it's the kids who don't do what they need to do to take care of Magnum. Oh, they feed him and throw the ball for him, but they don't pick up their items (he eats a pool floatie and a shoe a day, including both of Tori and Julia's Lands End shoes that shouldn't have been left outside.) The biggest of all the problems is that Kylie (who JD and I would like to include as a package deal with Magnum due to her yapping) has decided that since Magnum uses her head as a chew toy, that she'll just revert back to going potty in the house. It's a problem that I barely made it through the first two times I potty trained her and now we are here again. 

For now, I'm going to require James and Ben to do more for Magnum, including running interference for the small dog's potty times, and we will see if we can go on. I told them, and I'm not kidding, that we will not get another dog ever if we don't make it work with Magnum. (Keep in mind, that I'm not really being that harsh with my threat, because we have three other dogs that will last until they are adults and after that we want to move to Africa.)

Here's some shots of Magnum's bath in the horse trough yesterday. He's a good sport. 

Look at that puppy face.

Look at Ben's face.

Does anyone have any brilliant ideas to get Magnum to be more gentle when he plays with the little dogs? If Toby and Kylie could write, they would be making "Get Rid of Magnum" signs and posting them around the house. 

1 comment:

  1. if it makes you feel any better, Liberty is 7 & we still have to tell her to knock it off when she gets too rough with Flashy & Calpurnia. it's the way it goes with big dogs. but that Kylie would be leashed every morning & made to go potty outside or she would stay outside. I refuse to have dogs on my carpet that arent housebroken. it was horrible with Readen & Flashy. if you recall they destroyed our last carpet & thankfully Clay replaced it....in my defense the carpet was 8 years old & have had numerous kids potty trained on it as well as a very old dog on it for her last few years. it was time to go but Readen & Flashy pushed the problem until we couldnt ignore it. The new carpet is still "new" because the gate we put up keeping the kids with drinks & dogs in the kitchen. and we got rid of Readen. anyway, enough about me....Kylie needs to become an outside dog if she cant remember she is suppose to be house broken...or she would be saying bye bye!!