Introducing Penelope Glaser, our newest addition!
Penelope is a Goldendoodle, she is 12 weeks old today. Her arrival was unexpected, but we could not be happier to have her. The story is a fun one that we will never forget - and it landed us in the newspaper.
We went with another couple to a Make-a-Wish Foundation fundraiser, the 20th Annual Night of the Iguana. At those events they generally have a live auction and a silent action, and they generally auction off a puppy.
Zach has always wanted a Goldendoodle, but when we first saw the puppy, he insisted we would NOT be purchasing a puppy at the auction that night. We talked about it with our friends and he said maybe if we just bid to a certain amount, we wouldn't win her, since usually puppies at Make-a-Wish fundraisers go for way more than we would want to pay. Fast-forward to an hour later when the auction began. We were at the back of the room, the event workers had handed out light-up foam cylinders to help people bid so that the auctioneer could see people across the huge room. Zach starts waiving his foam cylinder and the two of us rush toward the auctioneer to see how the bidding is going, not realizing there were not many bidders, and before we knew it, the auctioneer was pointing to Zach yelling, "SOLD!" The lights quickly spotlighted on Zach and he was surrounded by cameras. One of the cameras live-posted a video of Zach's face on a huge screen at the back of the room and I can tell you - he looked shocked. Someone quickly handed Zach the puppy and people started asking him what he would name her. He blurted out, "Penelope?" and I agreed it was the perfect name.
The rest of the night Zach filled out paperwork while our friends and I played with Penelope in a back room and discussed all the things we would have to do to prepare for Penelope's grand arrival at our house. Comically, we took her home in an Uber and she met Brinkley and Bella at around 1:00 AM. P's time at our house so far has been fun-filled and very busy. Brinkley is jealous and she has acted out a bit, but Bella has been very sweet and playful with P.
Unfortunately, Penelope was donated by a dog store that our vet told us is notorious for selling sick puppies - and she has been riddled with sickness since we got her. The vet found a stomach worm, which requires weeks of treatments, and he has her on antibiotics for what looks like the dog version of a bad cold. It has been hard getting P to eat enough, the vet thinks it's because of the worm and the cold. But she is very playful, obedient (for the most part) and loving. She loves Brinkley and Bella, she loves us and she loves the strangers (human and dog) she meets on her walks! It's too cute. She has also quickly gotten the hang of the dog door (she uses it all the time) and she goes potty outside regularly. Now we are just struggling to get her to eat more, to get her well again and to get Brinkley to warm up to her. Now, for some gratuitous puppy pictures!
She is such a snuggle bug.
A friend of ours gave us this dog costume years ago and I couldn't wait for Halloween to try it out. It may not fit by the time Halloween arrives!
We nicknamed her P or Sweet Pea.
We look forward to making memories with this little cutie and watching her grow. And although we did not plan to go home with a puppy that night, we are happy to donate to a wonderful cause and to help some sick children's wishes come true.