When we first acquired our tiny Rubidium, I was enchanted by her sheer adorableness, but I had no idea how much real joy and delight she would bring to us. (And no idea how much real destruction, either--ahem!--but this IS a post about gratitude! :)
Yes, puppies are overly energetic, and need lots of attention, but with three little boys running around, this house obviously has no shortage of energy (a little more added to the mixture is hardly noticeable), and they give her Plenty of attention. Almost too much! Sometimes I send her outside just to get a break from them, bless her heart!
Her little cuteness has brought some much-needed comfort and distraction. It is so nice to take her for a walk and get accosted by little neighbor kids saying, "Aww. She's CUTE!" and wanting to pet her. I know it's not the same as having a baby, but it kind of fills in that gap as far as getting attention, ya know what I mean?
She definitely lightens up the mood around here with her spunky little personality.
And for Hummer, Ruby has been such a blessing. He is home all day every day with his boring, too-often-blue mama (we DO try to do fun stuff, I promise!), and Ruby has become his little buddy.
He takes her for walks. (She just can't stand those, can you tell? :)
He lets her lick his plate (after making sure with Mommy that it's dog-safe food).
He takes her for adventures in our rusted wheelbarrow with a flat tire--probably a good thing, cause it slows down the ride!
He even reads to her! Here he is reading "Chewy Louie." (I do hope it has inspired her to nobler, toothless actions! :)
I thank Thee, Heavenly Father, for this sweet little companion for my son at this particular time!