Toast Talk

December 16, 2013

Last week I told you all I got a tattoo. This week I’m telling you that I got a puppy. A puppy! I picked him up on Friday (thanks to Mary for being my wingman!) and we’ve spent the whole weekend getting to know one another…we’re completely in love. He’s my baby and I’m his mama, that’s just how it is. We already have this incredible, magical bond and I’m on cloud nine. Unlike the tattoo, my decision to get a dog was a bit more thought-out. Both Sally and our brother have Labrador dogs and we grew up with the…

Last week I told you all I got a tattoo. This week I’m telling you that I got a puppy. A puppy! I picked him up on Friday (thanks to Mary for being my wingman!) and we’ve spent the whole weekend getting to know one another…we’re completely in love. He’s my baby and I’m his mama, that’s just how it is. We already have this incredible, magical bond and I’m on cloud nine.

Unlike the tattoo, my decision to get a dog was a bit more thought-out. Both Sally and our brother have Labrador dogs and we grew up with the breed—they are big lovebugs and I’ve had my mind set of getting a white lab of my own for a while now. There’s never a “perfect” time to get a puppy but I’ve never felt more ready for the responsibility and companionship. Let me preface this by saying how wonderful I think pet adoption is. My dad just rescued an adorable puppy last month and saving animals in need of safe and loving homes is an incredible way to get a pet. After careful thought, consideration and personal preference, I determined that going through a breeder would be the option for me.  I  got my pup from Legacy Labs (an extremely reputable breeder outside of Dallas). It wasn’t exactly easy to get one of Legacy’s highly coveted pups…I basically started stalking them in July and was able to jump at the opportunity to put my deposit on a litter when I got word that one of their beautiful white labs would be expecting mid-December. Then I patiently waited for those pups to bake and get big enough to leave their mama.

My baby’s name is Blue Moonbeam. “I thought it was a beautiful name.” (How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days, anyone?) He is eight weeks old and he is the sweetest, most calm and precious puppy. I can’t say enough good things about him or put into words how obsessed I am with him. He’s chubby and squishy, he loves cuddling with me, and he’s just jumbly and bouncy perfection. House training has been going incredibly well…and crate training at night has meant sleeping on the floor next to him but I wouldn’t have it any other way. I’ve been keeping his arrival under wraps on the blog because things can always happen/change with these situations and I wanted to wait until I had my pup in my arms before sharing him…I didn’t Instagram any photos over the weekend because I wanted to keep Blue to myself while we were doing our thing (I’m selfish and secretive like that).

Right this minute, I’m sitting at my desk and Blue is napping with his head on my foot. My heart is melting and smiling at the same time. Knowing that I was going to be getting this ball of fur was definitely a deciding factor in leaving my old job when I did…working from home and having daytime flexibility makes caring for and training a puppy much easier. It’s true what people say: having a pup is like having a baby. They are amazing and so, so sweet but also lots of work and require so much patience and love. So far, so good. My boy has been so good these past several days and he’s already bringing so much joy and happiness to my life. Excited to finally share him with you—hope you all don’t get tired of seeing his sweet face more often than not!

Images taken by Mary Summers Hafner for A Piece of Toast

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  1. The cuteness is out.of.control! Congrats. And as for the haters, you people need to RELAX! This is a lifestyle blog, and it’s just that, reflecting someone’s lifestyle. If you’re “disappointed” or “so sad” about something you read, remind yourself that it’s THEIR LIFESTYLE and not yours. I adore APOT – you’re doing some very interesting things! Keep up the good work and ENJOY the ride {and the puppy}! p.s. No matter where they’re from, all dogs need loving homes. #MicDrop 😉

    1. ummm yeah it is a lifestyle blog with a comments section doll-although you think people are “haters” expressing disappointment with buying instead of adopting-well darling that is on you-all of us love this blog or we would not be on it…..Merry Christmas

  2. So sad you decided to buy rather than adopt 🙁 The delight and giddiness you take in showing off your new fur and now this makes me take this blog off my daily read.

  3. Ahhh so exciting! We adopted our boxer about a year ago and now I can’t imagine life without him. I just wish I could work from home more to spend time with him!

  4. Blue is a beautiful name and he is such a handsome guy. I can’t wait to see more pictures of him. Oh man. I just want to hold him! How sweet.

  5. I echo Sadie’s comment. This is such a disappointment. There are rescue organizations that are breed specific, if someone is hell bent on “PURE breeds.” Also, labs are the most common breed in America and are not at all hard to find in shelters – either puppy or adult.

    Have to say, I care about this issue enough to pull this blog off my bookmarks. I have a similar reaction when bloggers give the caveat “Now, I love all animals, but gosh, how can you resist this gorgeous fur coat?! I have to have it!” Absolutely ridiculous.

  6. Congratulations! It is such a happy time for you. I must agree with the comment above, though, I was very sad to read that you chose to buy your dog from a breeder when there are so many choices for purebred adoption in your area. If any one else in the Dallas area is thinking of an adorable pet like this please visit the one of the many rescues in the area. One option: DFW Labrador Retriever Rescue Club. They have puppies and adult dogs available. http://www.dfwlabrescue.org/

  7. so, so excited for you!! labs are the most loyal fur babies.

    tip: keep your bags, belts and shoes tucked away at all times! it’s amazing the things they can eat (ie: my whole coach bag – yes!).

  8. Ahhh congrats!!! I have a rescue dog (she’s an aussie mix), but she lives at home with my parents right now—and I get to see her on Thursday for two whole weeks so I am BEYOND excited! Have fun with your new little one…and he can be your baby for a while since dogs are one of the best forms of birth control (that and other peoples’ kids, ha!)

    Blonde in this City

  9. I’m such a fan of A Piece of Toast, and have been for some time. That being said, I’m so sad to see that you went the breeder route, when there are Lab Rescues all over the country who are trying to rehome pure-breed labs. I would encourage anyone is the market for a new animal to go to a rescue, since the US is still putting over 2.7 million animals down every year.

    1. I agree. So many animals need good homes and there are so many rescues to choose from. APOT is changing and not for the better. First coveting a real rabbit fur stole and now going to breeders instead of a rescue. I hope they start making better decisions.

    2. I am bummed to do so, but wholeheartedly agree with this comment. He is an adorable puppy, no doubt, but it is disappointing to see people go the breeder route.

    3. I echo Sadie’s comment. This is such a disappointment. There are rescue organizations that are breed specific, if someone is hell bent on “PURE breeds.” Also, labs are the most common breed in America and are not at all hard to find in shelters – either puppy or adult.

      Have to say, I care about this issue enough to pull this blog off my bookmarks. I have a similar reaction when bloggers give the caveat “Now, I love all animals, but gosh, how can you resist this gorgeous fur coat?! I have to have it!” Absolutely ridiculous.

    4. I agree….Im so sad-this blog gets so much traffic and could promote rescues or the pound-Im happy for you-but I just wish you would have gone the adoption route rather than the “breeder”….so many great labs available for adoption

  10. Labs are the absolute best! So happy for you and baby Blue! Enjoy the time when he’s a lap dog… it won’t last long 🙂

    xx, Megan

  11. Blue is so adorable! I miss my puppy days- mine is now 2 1/2 & I melt looking at old photos of her. Granted I now have a real baby & laugh at myself for thinking puppy time was stressful, but at least babies wear diapers! Enjoy this time with Blue, it flies by & suddenly the ball of fur is a real dog. Puppies definitely grow up too fast!

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