... we are proud to introduce...
~ Gus Dunphy Appleberry ~
He is the newest member to the Appleberry family!
A silver dapple haired dachshund born on August 28th, 2011.
This little guy is just about 4 months old and was in need of a home.
It all started yesterday when we went to see Santa at Northtown Mall!
... and you'd never guess who saw him and fell in love right away...
Yep! It was this guy...
From pretty much first glance... Loren was in love.
He wanted me to come look at him and fall in love with him too!
One of the second or third things out of his mouth was.... "I want him!"
After we left the puppy store to go have lunch before we saw Santa (Santa was on a lunch break so we had to take one too)... Loren kept talking about him.
After we saw Santa, Loren went in for one last look and to his surprise the puppy was gone!
The puppy was over in the corner being looked at by a young girl.
This however did not stop Loren... he walked right over and started watching over the puppy.
He asked "Are guys going to get this puppy?!"
This Dad and his daughter, Heather then went in to their story.
Heather has been watching this puppy since summer... since one of the first days he got there.
She had seen all of the other 4 puppies in his litter get adopted to new homes with in the first couple of weeks.
But for some reason, this puppy... Gus... was still there.
She told her Dad she would for go all of her Christmas presents and even pay for half if she could just have this dog.
Her Dad, said no.
But every time she came back to the mall (she is a 15 year old girl so it sounds like she was there quite a bit over the last couple of months! lol) she would check on this puppy to see if he had been adopted into a good home.
And every time she came back... he was still there.
Moved around from cage to cage... but still there.
After a couple minutes of chatting, her Dad said it was time to go. She started to tear up and said to Loren "You should adopt this puppy!"
"It looks like you have a nice family, with kids for him to play with, and could probably take better care of him than I could anyway."
Loren, probably getting choked up at this point said... "We'll see."
After she left Loren picked up the puppy and held him.
He wanted me to hold him as well but I tried to stay strong and keep my distance. I know how easy it is to fall in love with a puppy and then how hard it is to walk away.
Loren finally put him down and we walked out.
As we were leaving the mall Heather came running back in!
She said if you get this puppy here is my cell number. Please call me, it would make my Christmas!
After we got home the discussion began!
Loren tried talking me into it and I tried rationalizing him out of it.
We talked about finances, our family, our space, Walter, the babes.
Tons of things went into consideration.
We... and by we I mean me... tried to say maybe this isn't the best time.
Heck, we even flipped a quarter! lol
But after every pause in the conversation Loren was still dead set on getting this puppy!
It didn't even matter what I said... Loren had made up his mind... this puppy was ours!
So, at 6:30 last night Loren went back to the puppy store to bring home the newest member of our family...
Mr. Gus Dunphy Appleberry
- His middle name is Dunphy because that is what the ladies at the pet store had been calling him!
He was there for so long he had to have a name they said.
And all though we liked the name Dunphy (the ladies there were big Modern Family lovers and his name comes from the last name of Phil... Phil Dunphy! lol)
we wanted something a little different.
Although we kept Dunphy as his middle we finally landed on Gus.
And here is... finally home...