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Monday, August 25, 2008

Um, That's Not a Dog

Alex isn't feeling well lately. He's caught a summer cold that is giving him all sorts of coughs and sneezes alike.
As his Mom, my little heart breaks every time I hear his raspy voice or his big fat cough. 
"Poor Kid."

I have been saying these two words since Friday night.

Well, today was a day that wasn't SO bad in comparrison to how he has been. His nose was runny but it seemed a bit better. His coughs were few and far between. (But when they hit, they were big.)

I took Alex for a car ride this evening so we could drop our items at the library. I used the outside dropbox since I was afraid of taking him inside and infecting all of Shelby Twp. with his wonderful cold. On our way back home, I decided to take a detour and make a little stop.

The hubster wouldn't know....right away....since he was at the Tiger's game with a client.

We went to a pet store.

Now, now, now. I know what you're thinking. You're thinking I went to eye-ball out a dog to either buy or beg for. Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaand.... you're totally wrong. The store I went to had dog food but no dogs.

I've been rolling this thought of getting a dog around in my head a lot. The hubster is really against it and that makes me 50% uncomfortable with the idea. If he is going to resent the animal, well, that's just not fair to the dog. He's confident that this is not the time to get a dog; even though he knows that I'm serious about wanting one. (I've kind of been talking about wanting a dog for a couple years now.)

Anyway. I had to think smaller and simpler. I really do want something to care for and share with Alex.

So, Alex and I looked around the store. He fell in LOVE with the chinchillas...OK, "ya, right." They cost a couple hundred dollars and that's not exactly what I was thinking when I was thinking "buy a pet". Although, they are very cute.

Next, Alex was drawn to the bunnies and tried to pet them. Again...."Ya, right." If hubster doesn't want a dog I can guarantee he doesn't want a bunny. (Although, it would be funny to see his reaction to a bunny.)

Oh boy...I wish you could have seen Alex with the birds. You guessed it; "Ya, right." It was adorable but those things are so loud and messy. I don't want to take care of a bird. Isn't that what this is all about anyway?

So, what's left? Well, a few things were left that I didn't mention but here is what Alex and I chose together.

Meet our un-dog fish, Mitsu. She's a goldfish. You can bet that Alex was excited to see 2 tanks full of "Dorothy's" (Elmo refference). He was talking to them and pointing over and over and over. I'm not possitive that she is a "she" but in my world it matters not. I wanted a girl dog so I will use my imagination to say this fish is a girl. (How can you tell with a goldfish, anyway?) Hmmm.

I chose the name Mitsu. Yes, I had this name pegged for a small dog. Mitsu is a Japenese name that means "Shine" or "Reflect". What a wonderful reminder of how I should be striving to live every day. I should be shining my brightest at all times and I can only do that by reflecting HIS love. Now, let's just hope I can "shine enough love" to keep this fish alive. I don't know why fish seem like more of a challenge than a dog or cat.

Anyway...Mitsu is sitting right next to my computer so I can see her when I'm blogging or checking my e-mail. Tonight she has been sitting in her little bowl staring at me.  I like her. I think we made the right choice.


  1. Well, Mitsu is better then you coming home with MAx at 11:30pm when your father was out of town.

    Does Mitsu need any toys or vegatation for the bowl?

  2. Oh my! What a perfect first pet. We have had so many adventures with fish. Mitsu should be good for many future blog posts.

    Congrats on pet ownership!

  3. I hope that your little one feels better soon.

  4. I hope your son gets well soon. My daughter has the sniffles, too.

    I think the goldfish is a wise choice for a pet right now. But I am hoping you will still get your pet dog someday.

    A dog lover here,

  5. Great first pet! Actually makes me want to go out and get a Betta fish. We had one of those and it was so cool!

  6. "...amy's got her goldfish, her blog too..."

  7. i'm a fish fanatic so we have a 55 gallon tank. my son LOVES them and stares at them all the time. i think they're great ways to teach kids responsibility and how to care for a pet. good choice!

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  8. We have fish and they are pretty easy to take care of. Good luck with that! Hope your son feels better soon!

  9. how fun!! like plants, I would have no clue how to keep that sweet baby alive....:-/

  10. Thats a great pet. I've been thinking about buying my little man a fish.


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