in 2013 we decided that we wanted to grow our little family and since my husband always wanted a dog, we adopted a research beagle named "Fuzzy". We changed her name right away to Angel because that name really fit her personality. We did not realize that dogs and other animals were being used to test drugs with the FDA so that really bothered us. We donate regularly to Freedom Beagle Project and PETA because they really do care about these kind animals having a life after the laboratory. Angel really needed some quiet time alone to heal so she enjoyed being at home during the day while we were at work. She had the entire condo to hang out. We left potty pads for her but she never used them and after two months she actually started acting a lot more like a dog and would rip up the potty pads. She rarely went to the restroom in the house because we had her on a good schedule and walked her every time we fed her. Just about 5 months to the date we got her, we came home on a Friday and she had her head down. You could see that she was feeling lonely. My husband said he did not care, this weekend we are going to adopt another dog. She needs someone to play with. We went to Petsmart for adoption day on Saturday. There was a beagle named Annie who has nipples hanging and dragging on the floor. She appeared to have had puppies and then was left on the street corner because she was no longer needed. It was very sad. Our goal was to adopt a dog that no one else would want. Angel was very mild and could use someone to teach her how to be a dog and she was very timid and never barks or plays. We found out that we were not a good match for Annie because we were not home during the day. I think the lady who was fostering her just did not want her to be adopted at all.
We ended up going to Anderson's Animal Shelter, the lady working there said that any of there dogs would be very happy living in a condo with another dog instead of a cage in a shelter. That made me feel a lot better, as we really wanted to get a companion for our beagle. They would not allow us to go into the room to see the dogs because if we don't adopt them they get very depressed (or at least that is what we were told). There were all kinds of large dogs, but we wanted a smaller one since we did live in a condo. We came across the perfect dog, at first we were not sure cause we wanted a female dog and Sharpie the 6 year old Jack Russell was a male. I wanted to adopt him because in his bio it said he needs to be alone with no other pets, no children, and since he was already 6 it was very unlikely that he would be adopted anytime soon. I asked the lady at the counter about Sharpie and she was very pleased that we were interested in him. She said that he was next to die at a high kill shelter that they keep in close contact with. They were praying that a cage would open up for him in there non kill shelter and by the grace of God someone came in an hour before the shelter closed and adopted a dog. They sent someone from the shelter to pickup Sharpie and they saved his life. We met with Sharpie and he loved us, he was very kind and kept kissing the care taker showing him to us. They were going to close in a hour and we could not adopt him until he had the chance to meet our beagle, since he was not allowed to be placed with a family who already had a pet. We told them we would be right back. We made it back with Angel within the hour and we were really nervous that Sharpie was not going to like her. Well he loved her, he ran up to her and she put her head down because she is very timid. He kissed her on the face and wagged his tail. We all jumped for joy! Life was good, the dogs were both happy and loving there life together. Sharpie was very protective of Angel, when my husband would come home from work and walk them Sharpie would get mad and bark at any other dog being walked near them. It was also a huge pain to walk them in the rain and we could not imagine going outside with them in the winter. We have already been spending time looking for a ranch style home to move in to, but now we had to really focus on it. We ended up moving into our place right before winter. Since we were both working we could easily afford everything we needed.
In 2014 we found out we were going to be parents! Life was good and I decided that I was going to be a stay at home mom. It would be great to be home with the baby full time and spend more time with the dogs! I loved my job but it was causing me stress and my husband made enough money to pay the bills. It was not going to be easy without my paycheck coming in but we were willing to take the chance. Our daughter's due date was in September, I had a great part time jewelry business but that would require me to go to vendor shows and event to sell my products. I have an online store but it is not easy to list all the products I have online and it is very time consuming. I did not want to spend the entire day taking picture, listing items, shipping out orders, and purchasing new stock from multiple vendors. I wanted to spend as much as I can with my babies! I was spending time online researching businesses and work from home opportunities which most seemed like a scam, or most required parties, shows, and just as much work as my jewelry business.