And Then We Got Rosie

I told her we’d get her a “tiny girl puppy,” and we did. Meet Rosie.


You may be thinking she’s just the product of parent guilt and irrational pregnancy brain, but our decision to get her was much more thought out than that. She’s not just a fulfilled promise to a broken hearted Leyna after learning she would never have a baby sister.


She’s a much needed playmate for Arlo, our 9 month old English mastiff. We’ve known for a few months that he really needs and deserves a dog that will play with him, and be a companion. Before I found out I was pregnant, we contemplated adding another mastiff to the family. That plan was quickly scratched when news of baby #4 came, though. I just… we just… we can’t with another massive dog.


So the search for a small dog who we knew would be able to handle the chaos of this family and the size of Arlo began right after I made that promise to Leyna.

Because, oddly, now is actually the best time to do this… at least for the next year and a half. No school for the next few weeks, I’m feeling okay at 20 weeks pregnant, there’s no newborn to take care of, Scott’s not traveling for a while, and neither am I. I know the initial reaction is that we’re crazy, but I think it’s just a temporary crazy that will hopefully lead to some (relative) calm after baby is born.


If you’re thinking, “But wait, don’t you already have another dog?” you’re right. We have a 13 year old chocolate labrador- Callie. She is SO tired. ¬†She. is. so. tired. We honestly don’t know that she will make it much longer. And we certainly feel bad that she can’t get some peace with Arlo begging her to play all the time.

The good news is, so far, it seems our plan has worked! Arlo and Rosie wear each other out to the point of exhaustion a few times a day. And Callie is left alone to do what a 13 year old dog really wants to do- sleep.

A photo posted by Arlo & Rosie (@arloandrosie) on

From @ArloandRosie on Instagram 

It took a couple failed adoption attempts with other dogs to get to Roise, but we’re happy we found her. I never considered a pug, but now I can’t imagine a better fit for our situation. Our concern with going small was that the dog would be skittish around our loud and rambunctious family, not to mention the 100+ lb dog we’d want them to play with. But Rosie has a feisty personality and doesn’t seem to realize she’s the size of Arlo’s poops.

Press play!

A video posted by Arlo & Rosie (@arloandrosie) on

I think it helps that she came from a family with a toddler and goats. We are comparable to a pack of toddlers and goats.


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  1. Courtney Helms on

    That video. I just can’t. It’s so much cute. She was meant to be – the mini version of Arlo. Love it so much.

  2. Awesome! Isn’t terrible that we feel it’s necessary to explain our decision to others about doing the pet thing and who and where you got the addition from. So much judgement. Too much judgement.

  3. Amanda Buchanan-Gambill on

    Love it!! I’ve been wondering about the newest addition on your posts. Third generation pug owner here- they are the most loyal little clowns around!

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