Monday, March 19, 2018

Our Little Family Of Humans And Furry Kids Almost Didn't Happen

We moved into the bottom half of a 2 family home back in July of 2012. A wonderful realtor helped us locate it. We had a long list of criteria. Obviously, pet-friendly was at the very top. Included in the list was a home that we could reside in long-term. In other words, we didn't want to move into a place that would be put on the market anytime soon. Or ever. We were somewhat reassured in that department. Much to our surprise, a couple of years later in 2014, this house went up for sale.

It was a very stressful time for us. We had 3 kids at the time. Our priority was searching for a new home for our family. We weren't interested in buying a house, but if that was our only option, we would have done it.

Thankfully, that didn't happen.

In April of 2015, there was an interested buyer.

This was right around the time when we narrowed our search down to 2 houses. 

When she and her daughter did a second walk-through, I put everything on the table.

"We're Dog Moms.

I'm a Work at Home Dog Mom.

Your back steps end at our back door. Our kids will bark because they think someone is at the door.

When you enter through the side door, you're at our back door. Our kids will bark at that too.

Our kids will bark if they hear yelling or people talking close to the house. 

They'll also bark if there is a wild animal in the backyard or if a squirrel farts.

It's an old house. You'll hear the barking and voices when raised and most everything between.

We occasionally foster animals."

I left nothing out.

When all was said and done, the potential buyer smiled, shrugged her shoulders, and said, "None of that will bother me."

After that, and during the last walk-through, we chatted again.

After our chat, I exhaled. I spoke to Lisa shortly after.

"Her name is Kim. She's really cool. Laid back. Simple. Down to Earth. She has a teenage daughter. I put everything on the table. She wasn't concerned about any of it. I think we're going to be okay. I don't think we need to buy a house and move."

Fast forward to almost 3 years later.

The 4 of us humans and all of our furry kids have become a lil' family.

We share meals. Take care of each other. Help each other out when needed. We're all just there at a moments notice. We celebrate special occasions together whether big or small.

We encourage and challenge each other.

We're there for each other during the messy stuff and dark times. During moments of frustrations and when life gets a bit too loud.

We don't flinch when the pups or kitties are on the table. We don't care about the amount of barking.

We have each other's backs.

We've all eaten dinner together by candlelight when a storm has knocked out power.

We don't judge faults and imperfections or how we respond when we've had a crappy day.


I believe that during the most stressful time since we've moved into our home in 2012, the Universe shifted. Did a little shimmy shake. Fate stepped in.

There was a narrow time frame in which we were ready to buy a house and move.


The Universe and Fate said, "No...."

We are grateful for Kim and her daughter every single day.

Our little family of humans and furry kids.

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