I announced the arrival of our new baby, Alfie, in my newsletter last week. He joined our family 2 1/2 weeks ago… and I can hardly remember not having him here. He has fit into our family so perfectly, and he is such a good little boy. We love having him around! We snuggle and play and run and work in my office together…
It took awhile to find Alfie. Our beloved Daisy died almost 4 years ago, and the intensity of the grief that I suffered after her passing honestly took me by surprise. To this day, I still get choked up when I think about her, she was such a loving and gentle companion and we still miss her. Over the years, I had looked at shelters and online adoption sites, but no dog seemed to capture my heart. One night about 3 weeks ago, I don’t know why but I decided to look at an adoption site. One particular puppy caught my eye and I put my application in the next day, which was a Sunday. However, Monday morning I looked at the website and it said that he had been adopted. I was sooo disappointed- I really felt like he was my dog. We met a couple of other puppies, but I just didn’t feel that tug on my heart like I did with the first puppy. Then we got an email saying his adoption had fallen through and he was available again! I was so excited and happy. The lady at the shelter said that all 5 of his siblings had been adopted awhile back, and she didn’t know why he hadn’t gotten adopted yet. But now I know- I really believe that God was saving him just for me. He has worked his way into my heart and I just love him to pieces!! It sounds so funny to gush over a puppy like this, but I truly believe that God knows just what our hearts and lives and souls need. And apparently, I needed Alfie.
Just 2 days after we got him, we left for our beach vacation and he had a lot of fun. Now we are home, he has settled in and has quickly become the center of our family and our attention!
But maybe I should let Alfie tell you about that part:
These are my baby photos. Mom said that it was love at first sight. She really loved my ears!
Mom took this photo of me in my new yard the night that she brought me home. I don’t know why, but I almost always have one ear up and one ear down. Mom said that she always wanted a dog named George, but George didn’t fit me. The name Alfie seemed just right.
Mom and Dad took me on something called a vacation. I relaxed and took a lot of naps, because sometimes it’s hard being a puppy. I think I like the vacation thing.
Vacation was at a place called “the beach.” It was sandy and there was a lot of water. I’m not sure about the water yet, but I could get used to sleeping on the warm sand.
I even get my own towel on the beach!
My mom works really hard, so I try to help her whenever I can. She says I am a big help in her office.
I have a few favorite toys already. Mom and Dad are spoiling me- I have more toys than I can play with, but I like trying them all….
…but nothing beats a roll of toilet paper for fun!
I have 2 nice beds, but I really like to cozy up in the piles of dirty laundry.
Of course, I like it best when Mom and Dad let me snuggle in bed with them.
Sometimes I just want to be alone….
And I fall asleep as soon as I get in the car- Just like my Mom!
I hope you enjoyed meeting Alfie. You know, it goes without saying that there will probably be lots and lots more puppy photos! If you’d like to see what Alfie is doing from day to day, join me on Instagram.
I think Alfie is adorable! Bring on the photos!
Thanks, Lisa! We are so happy to have him!
He’s just Adorable!!!
Alfie is such a cutie. It’s been lovely getting to know him.
Thank you, Christine. He has been a real joy!
What a cute little guy – looks like he is really settling in with you. So happy that you found each other and that you can have fun with him!
Hi Jennifer- we love having him around.He is the perfect little dog for us :) My husband finally has another boy in the house!
Alfie is so cute and the name definitely fits.
You know, Judy, his name really fits and I don’t quite know why… but we did try a lot of names and that just seemed to be the one that “stuck.”
Alfie is so cute. What a wonderful addition to your family. Do you know what breed he is? Looks like a larger chihuahua ?
My Mom had one named Sophie. Adorable dog.
Judy, he is a Chihuahua mix (meaning, part Chihuahua, part we-don’t-know-what!)
What a little darling! I rescued a Chihuahua (female) 2.5 years ago and I can’t imagine life without her! She loves to sleep curled on a pillow under the covers with me curled around her or sleeping next to my leg when I’m on my computer in the recliner. She is very protective of my and will attack if she thinks I am being threatened – my mini protector!! Tara (because when I sent my hubs a pic of her he thought she looked like a rat) is a great traveler, loving her crate then, and she is the same fawn coloring of little Alfie! I’m looking forward to many fun, “nesting” pictures of him!!!
She sounds very sweet :) They do have cute little personalities!
Jacquelynne, I can understand why Alfie pulls the string of your heart. Enjoy every minute with him :). I too had a dog I just loved to pieces but we had to put him down. I just don’t have the courage to do it again. Ginny
Ginny- losing our Daisy is why it took us so long to adopt a new furry child. Perhaps God will send you the perfect furry child when the time is right :)
Alfie is so cute and I feel exactly the same way about my dogs, and I know God brought them to me too. Keep sharing pictures, and stories. I love to listen to them.
Thanks for your comment, Carol! We are really starting to see his personality come out- I have started calling him Alfie the Brave!
Alfie is soooo adorable. I have out lived a few of my four legged children and the hole in your heart will eventually fill with wonderful memories. Never to forget and never replace only to know they are keeping a nice warm and loving place for you someday. My husband says he’s in trouble because he’s going to be over run with them. I live on a farm and rescue everything. So one day to many years they still tug on your heart strings. Lighter note can’t wait for the quilt kit.:-)
What a doll! Well it’s not a doll, it’s a dog. It’s a dog. I know it’s a dog, it only looks like a doll. Only. Looks. Looks can be deceiving.
Alfie is absolutely precious!! I want to find a tiny dog like that. Our last dog had to be returned to the shelter where we’d adopted her when she was 17 years old, having a lot of trouble with climbing the stairs, couldn’t jump up on the bed anymore, and her “daddy” was very sick, in & out of hospital, so friends were coming to walk her. When we returned her, I was devastated, and cried for days. They put her into a foster home to live out her last few weeks or months, and I really don’t want to know when she crosses “the rainbow bridge.” Hubby says no more dogs right now. He hopes we can travel a little bit here in England, once he’s fully recovered from cancer surgery (New Years Eve 2015,) several nasty complications, and today’s gallbladder surgery. He’s not driving yet, and I don’t drive too far, cos I fall asleep at the wheel. But God knows that I need a dog in my life, so I’ll leave it in His hands!! Love Alfie, though!! He’s a darling doggie!!! xx
It must be a dog person thing, I lost my beloved Bichon Frise Cesar 3 years ago and I too still get very choked up over him. Even though I still had 2 healthy dogs as well. there was this huge void in my heart for him. Not all of my dogs have been as special as he was, and I grieved for a long time. Then, about 7 months later my neighbor was looking for someone to take her chihuahua doxie mix. I knew her from the neighborhood and liked her. So I adopted Chica. She is the most adorable little thing and my heart is healing. So, good for you, healing is coming……
I just love Alfie he is sooo adorable. I had two chihuahuas. They brought so much joy in my life. Such unconditional love.
I just sent an e-mail (reply to today’s post) with a suggestion for Alfie’s birthday!
Celebrate Alfie’s birthday every year. He is such a wonderful gift. I celebrated each birthday of my 3 Yorkies. They each got are very special treat and a new toy. I lost all of them this past year at ages 14 and 15 years old. i miss them very much, but I have wonderful memories and pictures of their birthday celebrations.
I love Alfie, there is nothing like pets to make life complete. I have
a Toy Manchester that I have had for had for 7 years , I would be
lost without her especially during this past year. I don’t go very far
and if I have to go Katie gets upset when she sees me with my purse.
He is so cute. I do believe that God saved him for you. Enjoy your baby for many years. It is hard to lose a fur baby and you will always remember her. I really believe that we can see these pure souls again.
Many birthday wishes to Alfie! He looks like a real sweetie. Have 4 fur babies of my own, 2 Labrador retrievers and 2 Ragdoll cats. They expanded my heart after the loss of others prior to them. Still get choked up after the loss of my first Ragdoll cat just shy of his 18th birthday by 6 weeks. His love made it possible for me to adopt the 2 cats that I have now. Our pets leave paw prints on our hearts so that we can always love!