Dude. You can leave your socks on!

Hey, guys. It’s Cal. I asked David and Ben if they’d do a post i could tag on-to… and, like magic, here it it.
I wanted to bring you up-to-date on what’s going on with Alex, Bella, Chance and me. We’ve been busy. Bringing Chance into our home has been an absolute JOY… and, honestly a bit taxing as well. Going from just Alex and me to a family of five (four plus “Cookie”) has been a major transition!
Roberta has been with us for a while now and she just keeps saying she can’t believe how fast Dub and Chance have learned sign language. She says it took her a while to catch on to what Dub was doing… it seems he’s been teaching Chance the Spanish word as well as English for everything they learn to sign. So, when they learned to sign “hand” they also learned it was “mano” in Spanish. Chance is crazy about Dub and they’ve become great friends.
“Cookie” has officially adopted Chance. She no longer sleeps in her crate – just gets in bed with Chance every night and that’s all there is to it. They’re never far apart.
We took Chance to the St. Luke’s Ear Institute and had him evaluated. They say he’s a good candidate for cochlear implants… but, of course they can’t do anything for him because we’re “only his foster parents”. The State says they can’t authorize “significant medical procedures” unless/until they have parental approval – and they haven’t been able to locate Chance’s parents.
Long story short, we’ve gotten our attorney involved and she’s recommended we hire a private investigator to try to locate Chance’s mother. We’ve done that and we’ll keep you posted.
Meanwhile, we’re all headed to Table Rock this weekend. The kids are super excited about it and Alex and I think a few days in the Ozarks just may be the break we all need. Stay well and happy.
xoxo Callum and Alex (and Bella and Chance and Cookie 🙂 )

…the time has come, the walrus said, to talk of many thins. Of dub and dog and cookie… and whether dicks have skins…

…with an apology to Lewis Carroll…

Friday, after school, Dub, David and I were scheduled to return “Dog” to the shelter. David wanted to talk to me, so we went into his office – leaving Dub and the dogs in the kitchen. David said, “I’m not sure we should take “Dog” back to the shelter. She’s a sweet puppy and has been spending her days in my office… mostly laying under my desk… usually with her chin on my foot. She isn’t any trouble and the other dogs have accepted her. If Dub wants to keep her, I’m o.k. with that if you are.” I grinned and said, “But, you said we were at our K-9 limit before we brought “Dog” home. You telling me you’ve gone soft on us?” He just smiled and shrugged. I said, “Let’s ask Dub what he wants to do.” So we did. Dub said, “I promised we’d take her back to the shelter and that’s what we should do.” Then he grinned and said, “Besides, I already called Unca Alex and they’re planning to meet us there.” So we took “Dog” to the shelter – where we met up with Alex, Cal, Izzie, and Cal’s Mum and Dad.
Long story short, Alex, Cal and Izzie adopted her and Izzie announced that her name is “Cookie” now.
The shelter people were all amazed at “Dog” and how well she’s doing. They took pics of Dub, Izzie and Cookie – and will be doing a special edition of their newsletter with the story of how Dub “rescued” her, made her a new paw, and found her a forever home.
Dub was smiling ear-to-ear, as were the new “puppy parents” when they loaded her into Cal’s car and headed home. I’m thinking we may have to get David a stuffed puppy like Travon’s “Muff” to hang out under his desk 🙂