Before I go any further, YES, I know adoption is better than buying. However, our local animal shelter didn't have any hypoallergenic breeds that were okay with children and other dogs....Both of these criteria are absolute musts, and we were not willing to budge there.
I have horrible, awful allergies to most animals. And I don't mean allergies that taking some Claritin will even touch. I mean allergies that will send me to the emergency room with an allergy-induced asthma attack. It has happened before many times. I am allergic to most dogs, even shorter haired, all cats, and most other animals bearing fur. This is why a hypoallergenic "designer breed" was necessary. Plus, I like small dogs. Small dogs=small poop. Plus, a large dog might accidentally overpower my toddlers.
Also, we not only have our kids, we also have my 12 year old son's dog, Chloe. So any dog we welcomed into our family had to get along not only with our kids, but with other dogs, too.
Anyway, Saturday, we went on a puppy hunt. We visited a reputable pet store in our area called Pets Plus. This shop microchips their animals and has extensive history on all of their pets. They do not deal with puppy mills. So as soon as we arrived, I saw several adorable puppies. There were a few Yorkies, a Peke-A-Poo, Malti-Poos, some Rat Terriers, and more smaller dogs. As I was looking at a male Yorkie, they brought a female in. When I saw her, I fell in love. She has gorgeous coloring, a sweet personality, and the cutest little white poof on the top of her head. We took her into a "play room" for about an hour, determined she would be good with the kids, and decided she would be the ideal pet for our family.
So for 3 hours, we drove around in the rain looking for another Western Union location. We found several. Most either didn't have enough money available, the printers were down, or the stupid employees didn't know the passwords to work the system. The pet store closed at 8:00PM, so we were on a time limit. We finally found a Western Union that cashed us out, but we got back to the pet store at 8:20PM. They were just locking up and the registers were closed. We had to go back in the morning. Thankfully, they held the puppy for us.
Anyway, here is our newest family member. Because of the ordeal we went through getting her, and her mischievous personality, we decided to name her Trouble. She's such a sweetheart!