The latest from our menagerie

It's a pet filled summer here at A Madison Mom. Laura recently shared about her bearded dragon, and Colleen has an adorable new dwarf bunny. At our house, we have a lot of animals. We have cats. Several cats. I thought 3 was plenty, but when we went to adopt our third, she had a littermate who wouldn't stop crying for her, so we adopted her too. Kind of like how when we went for a third kid, we got our twins. And then we agreed to babysit my brother-in-law's cat for about a year while he and his family build a new house. So now we have 5 cats. My friend Heather said that less cats than people keeps us just this side of crazy cat people. So we have 6 people and 5 cats. You'd think we would be done.
Well, I didn't mention our bunny, Mabel, who came to us when one of the kids was having trouble staying in their room at night and felt a furry friend would help. Cats come and go, but Mabel was in a cage, so she had to keep you company. 

And then there are the chickens. They aren't exactly pets -- they're providing us eggs and they definitely don't keep you company (unless you like to be henpecked). So all told, 5 cats, 2 chickens and one bunny. I thought we were done.

But guess what? We have a new furry friend. Meet Bonnie Parker!

bonnie

 

She's a puppy. Why the puppy, you ask? Well, the kids have been asking forever. And usually the mention of picking up a dog's poop was enough to halt any dog acquiring conversation. But, they started to insist they would be willing to do the doo-doo deed. Also, it's been kind of a tough summer, with many more academic requirements than they were really thinking they would have to complete. I have also been softening to the idea of a dog. I have never had one, and its a little lonely around here sometimes. I know that sounds crazy with 5 cats, but they do generally keep to themselves except at meal times. 

Enter Bonnie! She's adorable. I know because I have experienced her adorableness, and also because everyone who interacts with her walks by me and tells me how adorable she is. She's also really baby, she doesn't really sleep through the night, she cries, she misbehaves. The difference this time around is that there are four kids who are old enough to take care of our new fur baby. There's something almost like schadenfreude in having the kid who once kept you us all night take the dog out at 3 am, or hearing your formal terrible two year old say "I don't know what to do with you, Bonnie."

So welcome to the house Bonnie Parker. What have we gotten ourselves into!?

And now some cute puppy pictures for your viewing pleasure.

 Bonnie thinks she and Cleo the cat are friends.

Bonnie thinks she and Cleo the cat are friends.

 Mabel has a little more interest in Bonnie than Cleo does.

Mabel has a little more interest in Bonnie than Cleo does.

 Bonnie barks at the chickens.

Bonnie barks at the chickens.