Saturday, March 19, 2016

Meet Martha Stewart

"We are never getting another dog!" That's what we said when our Cujo died last March. Never say "never" really does have some truth to it, I guess.
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.


Debbie said...

I'm sorry you've had a rough few months, Diane! I hope Martha provides you with good company and lots of joy and laughs. I have no doubt she will. She really is the cutest!!

mascanlon said...

Hugs! Life gives us such ups and downs. I am so glad you have found a cuddle bug to snuggle when you need a laugh and something sweet to hang on too. I had to go and look at the breeder and in investigating the page....guess what?! A dear friend's family got a puppy from them last year just about this time. A chocolate male who is so sweet and adorable. It just made me laugh...another link my friend!

Susan said...

I can see that Martha will really help you feel like your old self. She's so cute!

Susan Snooks said...

Anxiety attacks.....that's not fair! I'm sorry to hear you've been having a tough time of it lately Di! I am sure Martha will bring you comfort and new confidence as you get to know one another better! She is gorgeous!

cheeky monkey said...

So sad to hear you did not feel well the last time. I am sure Martha will put a lot of smilies in your face. She is soooo cute!

Linda Coleman said...

Hi Diane. What a beauty young Martha is. I hope you can get through the tunnel of anxiety to the light. My 14 year d daughter had been suffering from anxiety and panic attacks for a year. We thought she was being bullied but it wasnt. She asked to see a counsellor and thankfully got a great lady who has helped her to get back to being the fun kind happy young lady she was. She still has anxiety but has the tools to handle it. Never be afraid to ask for help and I'm sure all those doggy kisses will help.

LethargicLass said...

From Cujo to Martha Stewart lol... she looks like a beauty and I am gld you found each other :)

Kit Little said...

Hey Diane, I'm an IG follower and fellow Sew South alumni! I've been having a hard time and some panic attacks lately as well and I know my dogs help me manage better. Hope your new puppy transition is smooth - she looks adorable and I love the name!
Kit Little

Dana - Old Red Barn Co. said...

She's so adorable! I look forward to seeing lots of pictures of her both here and on IG!

Sorry you've been struggling lately. Hugs to you!

Cindy said...

I'm so happy you found each other! Martha looks so sweet!

Archie the wonder dog said...

She's gorgeous!