You might remember that I was in Gig Harbor a few weeks ago. My friend, Mim, has a dog that I love. Her name is Annie. Each time I come home from my visit in Washington I tell Mr. Romance that if we ever get another dog I want one just like Annie. She's a Standard Cockapoo. She is so well behaved, smart and friendly.
The last several months have been rough for me. There is no particular reason, but I have been suffering through anxiety and I've had a couple of panic attacks. It's been really scary for me...the one who always feels like she's in control of things. I've seen a doctor and we are woking on getting it under control through medication, meditation and exercise.
I have heard that animals can be a great comfort in instances like this so we decided to get a dog. The timing was right. I could finally have a dog like Annie.
When I came home from Mim's I started researching Cockapoos and could not find a single one for sale. My daughter-in-law suggested a Labradoodle. After searching and writing to several breeders, I remembered that my friend just got a Labradoodle a few weeks ago. So I contacted her and she got me in touch with her breeder and the timing just worked out that the breeder had a few females available and would have a few more in a few weeks.
Me being the "I want it now" person only considered the two dogs that were available this week. I fell in love with dog #582. Look at that ball of fluff, those blue eyes and that nose! What's not to love? And she will be just the size that I wanted, around 25-28 pounds.
I wanted her to have the perfect name. Anyone who knows me well knows that I am a huge fan of Frank Sinatra music.If I ever got a boy dog I would name him Frank Sinatra. But I've always had girl dogs so I didn't want to try something new at this stage in my life. So thinking on those same lines I started considering old Hollywood names like Rosemary Clooney, Ginger Rogers and Brigitte Bardot. I also liked Lola, Phoebe and Mabel. I put out a request for suggestions on Instagram and ended up with over 75 suggestions! Mr. Romance suggested Martha. That was like a slap to forehead moment for me. Why didn't I think of that? I wanted her to have a celebrity name, so Martha Stewart it had to be. I 've always regretted not naming my blog "Martha Stewart Wanna Be". People are always complimenting me and saying I'm just like Martha Stewart (only without the money, Ha! Ha!)
This name suits her. She already answers to it and she even looks a little like Martha Stewart with her blonde hair and blue eyes.
My son and his wife have a bulldog whom they love to dress up. She even has her own Instagram account @butterballbulldog. So they gave Martha a little gift from Butterball. It's her Easter dress.
I can tell we are going to have a long and happy life together. She is just a sweetheart, with a calm, easy going temperament. Now if I can just make it through these first few months of puppyhood with ease, my life will be perfect.
I am sure there will be more posts about life with Martha Stewart.