Today we took a trip to Geelong to pick up the newest member of the Walker family. We decided to get a puppy, one that when fully grown will be small enough to travel with us when we come to Sydney. We decided on a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and we named in Barkley. Eventually we will get another, but seeing as I am home a lot and will be spending a lot of time with him, we will wait another couple of months before getting him a mate.
Michael and I didn't tell Patrick and Angus we were getting a dog, they thought we were just going for a day out in Geelong. We arrived at the house and they both got to have a nurse of the puppies. While Patrick was holding the one we were buying, we told hime that he was ours and that we were taking him home with us. They were both so excited.
Both the boys have wanted a puppy for so long but we had always said no because of us travelling to and from Sydney. It's lovely to watch them with Barkley they are both so loving towards him and so gentle. We have all really missed having a dog as part of the family, and this breed loves being part of a family and is so gentle. He has his little basket in the laundry where he sleeps and a large soft cushion in the lounge room when he is with us. He really is going to be part of the family, he will even be coming with us to playgroup (in his carrier) for the next couple of months so he won't have to be left.
We are very lucky down here, we have lots of parks and reserves where dogs are allowed and a dog training centre just around the corner. He also has a lovely big backyard to play in and explore. He will also be walking with us when we take Patrick to school and pick him up.