Adrienne Maloof

Adrienne ponders the different phases of love, and gives us an update on Luna, the German Shepard.

on Dec 3, 20100

There is so much to write about this week!

The first thing I want to touch on is that this episode really showed the many different experiences that women can have in relationships. Watching Kim as she opened herself up again to meeting someone, it was a reminder of how hard it can be to allow yourself to be vulnerable in the hope that you will be rewarded for that bravery by finding a consistent, trustworthy person with whom to share your life. Even after you find that person, it's rarely the romantic fairytale that we dream of – I think Taylor's blunt conversation with Kyle was a real eye-opener for so many women who are evaluating the trajectory of their relationship or marriage. Sometimes what we think we want doesn’t end up being what we really need, and it takes a lot of courage to dig deep and be truthful with ourselves. Of course, finding that truth is a very valuable thing – because it gives us the ability to make positive changes in our relationships, parenting style or career. I'm also a firm believer that it is never, ever too late to change things for the better. That being said, marriage is an incredible amount of work and compromise, and I know through my own experience that it is a learning process every single day. But hey, no pain no gain, right?

As you saw, Paul and I celebrated our eighth anniversary on the episode. I was surprised and delighted with how much thought and care Paul put into planning our anniversary and choosing my gift. It's a running joke in our household that we rarely buy the other something that just "works." Paul is a surgeon, and that makes him kind of a perfectionist, so there is usually something wrong with what I get him (and vice versa!).

Therefore, the gift of the beautiful German Shepherd we named Luna was an especially touching surprise.

174 comments
sbw
sbw

Hi Adrienne,

If you haven't gotten another dog, your family may want to consider a Shiloh Shepherd. They are bred to be much calmer than GSDs. They are appropriately protective and excellent with children. Shilohs are better for therapy work because of their calm disposition. They're also larger but have better hips than GSDs. I have one and she is wonderful with my little ones but her menacing look and size cause people to think she is a wolf dog. Little do they know, she is a lovable bear.

Best wishes,

SBW

nursejackie
nursejackie

You know what I love about you? You NEVER fall for your husband's lame attempts at seeking sympathy. It makes me laugh everytime you tell him he is being "dramatic." What a baby!

BHHW92766
BHHW92766

I love you!! I think you are a fantastic friend to every woman on there and a gret wife! You handle yourself with so much class it's inspiring! You are by far one of my favorite to watch

ChristineO
ChristineO

Adrienne, my heart goes out to you for having to give Luna away; at least you know she is in a wonderful new home. I am such a dog person and I feel so strongly that owning a dog makes one a better person. I love my dog with all my heart - he's a beautiful little Pug! Hopefully, you will find the perfect dog for a home with engertic little boys (I would recommend staying away from terrier breeds and cocker spaniels - they are historically bad with kids - and I also know this from my own experience). I also want to mention that I smile when I watch you and Paul interact. I think you are so cute together and I love the way you both laugh a lot together. The love shows! Congratulations on your anniversary - and many more!!

Floresg
Floresg

You're amazing Adrienne! I'm pretty sure you're the smartest 'housewife' of all the housewives!

darltarm
darltarm

Adrienne, You seem very down to earth, I want to thank you for being so passionate about letting all of us know that your GSD has a great home! They are the best, most loyal, intelligent dogs in the world. I do understand that with children you must be careful. Weimaraners are great dogs with kids, tons of energy, smart, and very protective. They also have short hair, therefore the shedding is not too bad!

ChristiG72
ChristiG72

Adrienne, you are wonderful! Despite your stature, you have such a "real world" view. You have obviously worked hard for what you have and that is so commendable. More importantly, you seem to have such a great heart. You ladies are lucky to have each other, but most importantly, they are lucky to have you.

BTW, I've always been a big dog person (2 collies, a black lab, and a golden retriever), but a few years ago I got 2 westies (west highland terriers) and I absolutely love them. I got two so that they would always have company when I traveled (not much of an issue now since I've been unemployed for a year... but I know something will happen soon!). They are the little dogs with a big dog attitude and they love activity and people - especially kids - but they aren't crazy hyper. They are truly great dogs. Good luck with your dog search!

I look forward to seeing the rest of your season play out and reading your blogs.

karentc
karentc

I don't know about all the other viewers but I just can't get enough of you!!

Your new fan
Your new fan

Adrienne,

My bf and I think you're absolutely amazing. It's so refreshing to see a woman of your wealth be so down to earth and just plain normal. It is obvious that God has blessed you because you're a beautiful person inside and out. I commend you for being so humble and genuine when sometimes others are not. You're a true inspiration!

Paulla
Paulla

Finally a REAL "housewife" You are my favorite and the most real person I have ever seen in any of the Housewifes shows.

ABXR4ME
ABXR4ME

I know these are usually directed at Adrienne but I have to ask some of you...are you paying attention?! Luna, was a puppy...maybe not a baby but certainly a puppy still. I'm assuming the reason Paul got her from Germany is because THEY have the best lines and haven't yet ruined the German Shepherd as the breeders in the US have. Also, it's pretty obvious from Adrienne's own blog, that Luna was purchased and was trained as a "security" dog. Shepherds bred for and trained for guard/security work are not the same as a "pet." That said, I can totally understand the dog being overwhelmed with the kids and it being difficult to do the training in that atmosphere. Guard/security dogs are very focused and a household with young, rambunctious boys is not always the best situation. I applaud them for recognizing this and being able to place her with the trainer. Lastly, while I understand everyone believes that Adrienne and her family should "adopt" from a shelter or rescue, I wouldn't fault them one bit for deciding on a different breed and getting it from a responsible and reputable breeder. Not all rescue dogs are good with kids and I wouldn't blame them for not wanting to take that risk. I'm all for adopting, but I'm also realistic...I wouldn't trust one of my adopted dogs around small children even though it was said he's good with children.

pam poston
pam poston

Adrienne you are a true gem! Now about the dog i have a male bassett hound who would love to adopt your boys!

Viewer39
Viewer39

We had a terrific black lab that was a gift form my husband, but we had the same problem It's not easy to admit defeat when a dog just isn't right for your family, but ultimately the kids have to come first. I'm glad that you were able to find a good home for yours- we actually found the proverbial farm for ours to live on. Good luck with your next dog!

Mom of Three Boys
Mom of Three Boys

Adrienne -

I really like what I've seen from you so far! You seem to be honest and real and I like that! A little dog advice... Get a Labrador Retriever. We also have three very busy boys and our dog is WONDERFUL with them! She's mellow, yet protective and she's very obedient. We couldn't have asked for a better pet!

Good luck to you!

Phoenix19
Phoenix19

Adrienne, I continue to marvel at what a class act you are. Totally love you. I put this on Taylor's page too but I find this character assessment very telling: You got a dog and couldn't keep it but lovingly found a new home for it and moved on. Taylor got a new dog and turned it into a drama about her husband trying to punish her and her daughter being scarred for life and terminally ill. You are WAY out of her league, I'm glad you're smart enough to rise above and handle obstacles with grace and maturity. You're gorgeous!

fifilarue
fifilarue

Please adopt a rescue animal! As others have said, millions of cats & dogs are put to sleep in US shelters every year!

Golflady
Golflady

My son has two german shepards and they are great family dogs! They have a 10 month old little boy and those dogs just love and protect my little grandbaby. They are the best dogs ever! Enjoy..

Julie S.
Julie S.

Adrienne,

Just love you! You are the epitamy of a beautiful, independent, and powerful intelligent woman. Now you have the very best dog there is, the German Shepherd Dog! I know because I have a 4 year old purebred male myself. I actually cried when I watched your face when you saw her for the first time. Your husband was so proud of himself, rightfully so. He planned a beautiful evening for the two of you, which made me giggle at all the right times. It's obvious you're made for each other. Kisses to Luna!

tasheika
tasheika

Adrienne… the Powerhouse! I think you are AMAZING!!!! I enjoy watching you on TV… you remind of my mother… strong and intellectual… but kind and empathetic. I appreciate the “Woman” that you are… Thank you for sharing your story with us each week. It’s refreshing to see that a woman, who has been afforded such an abundance of wealth in life, has also been blessed with abundant and genuine care for others. May God continue to bless you and the family! Tash…

Mom of 3
Mom of 3

You should check into getting a labrador. They're great family dogs, plus they have a lot of energy to keep up with your boys. Teach them how to play fetch & you'll get them all tired at one shot.

Mom of 3
Mom of 3

Hi -- I just want to 2nd the suggestion of a labrador. We have a chocolate lab who is great with kids (ours and all the others who come over to play) and the chaos of our home. We live on a lake & she loves to swim. They have a lot of energy, but they love playing fetch. Have the boys play with the lab and you'll tire all of them out at once. Good luck!

Heather in Seattle
Heather in Seattle

You are such a doll. I could shower you with compliments, but will just say that you are a joy to watch. I do want to mention just one thing I've seen in your home.. which looks to be your wedding dress hanging on the wall! How magnificent! They usually get boxed up or hidden in a closet, but you have it out as a wonderful reminder of that day! I hope you have a good rest of the season, and come back for more. I will definately be checking in to the Palms the next time I visit Vegas! :)

southern belle
southern belle

Adrienne, please consider rescuing a dog from a shelter instead of buying an expensive one from a breeder that might now work out.

JohnJohn
JohnJohn

You and Paul have got it together. As you say, "Money is what you have, NOT who you are"....Soooo true about you two. Happy Holidays to you all!

grateful viewer
grateful viewer

Adrienne, I think you are very secure and confident. It's a pleasure to see. You are comfortable and sensible regarding your wealth. I enjoyed your happiness when you received your beautiful German Shepherd. They are most wonderful dogs and I have never observed one being dangerous around children. This is obviously a superbly trained dog . Your relationship with your husband seems so familiar. My late husband and I were the same way. We were in love and also best friends. And we bickered. And we annoyed each other at times. But we knew we were connected by a strong bond. People without that in their relationship never understand it. Enjoy it, it's another form of communication and it's clear that the two of you love each other very much. You can see it in your eyes. Best wishes.

Judy from NM
Judy from NM

Adrienne,

I love that you are from NM as I am too! You are so real and down to earth! Good representation of our state!! You go NM! :O)

P
P

you can have a Shepard, just get a puppy. It will grow up with your boys and be a great protector.

linda927
linda927

Hope to see more of you in the future. Alot going on in your life.:-)

Viewer112
Viewer112

As you so wisely realized, a dog trained for security is probably not a good choice for a home with small children. Labs are great with children as are shelties (although shelties can be real barkers). A chocolate lab would be great.

An observer
An observer

I love the fact that you are a classy lady with money, but your moral and ethical values are very high and you never show off the wealth you own. I have to say I respect you so much because you are so humble. It is difficult for me to think that they are people out there who have wealth and are still good human beings.

samit
samit

adrienne...i think YOU could be my favorite bh housewife...smart, kind, and beautiful. love your wedding dress. great wall art! could you give camille a few pointers?

Sally Jean
Sally Jean

I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE YOU!!!!! I think you are just such a feisty, positive lady! What a great insight to pet ownership. It is harder to integrate an older "puppy" into a house hold. A younger pup would feel it is the norm and bond better with the boys. I just love seeing your wonderful light every week!!!! You are truly such a lovely person!

AO
AO

You are a breath of fresh air- in the stale reality show environment! As a professional-intelligent woman- it is so enjoyable to read one as humble & articulate as yours!

AND-Having raised 3 children myself- never apologize or feel bad- for any decision you make for your children's well being. :)

xstolenx3
xstolenx3

Buy a golden retriever for sure! I had one when I was growing up and she was the most intelligent, loving, loyal, and calm pet I have ever owned. When my brother was younger he was a handful, very bouncy and energetic, and would poke the poor dog in the eyes or stick his fingers up her nose and she didnt care one bit! She took all of this poking! She was also perfect to play outdoors with! Loved playing catch and absolutely loved swimming!

charlene davis
charlene davis

I love the honesty you give us. I was worried for you when I saw the dog only because my brother has a german shepherd and they experienced some of the same problems. Extremely loyal, but maybe not the best choice for the little ones. I am glad he has a good home. I really liked the comment you made about it never being too late to change whatever it may be. I needed to hear that. Having a "feeling sorry for myself" moment. Always considered myself a strong,independent woman and just have a lot of self doubt lately. Need to buck. Holiday time is always hard. Feeling like you just can't do everything you would like for your child . Grateful to have what we have though. XXXOOO back at you. Thanks for letting me share. Charlene in Sac

LKG
LKG

Loved what Paul did for you! Awesome! On the doggie situation, I have a boxer and he is WONDERFUL with kids...absolutely loves all people, especially kids. Please do rescue a dog no matter what kind you get. We found our boxer out on a highway in the country, just happened to be driving by and he has been the BEST dog! God Bless and good luck on your search!

vette
vette

I watch this show so i could live vicariously thru u. I am a caribbean woman who's lived in chicago for over 18 yrs and i have such a hard life. It gives me pleasure to look at u every thursday and imagine i could b ur friend for one day. Not that i worship u or anything i just think u have such class and even tho u r rich u still seem normal. Way to go. Was ur hsuband ever featured on Dr 90210?

lharlien
lharlien

Adrienne, My husband is the hardest person ever to shop for because he already buys himself everything he wants or needs. I saw your husband's rotating watch display case and thought it would be perfect for him. He loves his watches. Would it be possible for you to let me know where I could purchase one? By the way, I've watched all the Housewives shows and your my favorite. You have such poise and are by far the classiest one to have been on these series. Thanks, Lisa

san clemente fan
san clemente fan

a pug for sure... so much personality and expression, so good with the kids, and best of all... small poop! lol

Lana Of MN
Lana Of MN

You are probably the best blog writer of ANY of the Housewives from ANY franchise. What a pleasure!

love RHBH
love RHBH

i have the same impression that you don't like your husband Adrienne. Paul is great and i think you should treat him better.

cabeachgirl
cabeachgirl

There are so many amazing dogs you can adopt from your local shelter or rescue. Pure breeds, mix breeds, young and old. Please look into it and save a life or two. Over 5 million unwanted dogs and cats are euthanized each year. Go to petfinders.com to browse through the many dogs available.

phonybigtime
phonybigtime

You are my favorite housewife of all times, you seem so real. You and Paul make a great couple. He is adorable. Your relationship seems so real. Unlike Kyle who seems to be putting on a show when the camara is rolling. Leaning over to kiss her husband and so forth. You look like you have nothing to prove. Your love for each other shows. Refreshing!

dallas1987
dallas1987

You are awesome! Though you live in BH, I can see your Albuquerque roots shine through your character and that is something I rarely see on Real Housewives. It's almost as if the ladies move to the city and forget who they are. You haven't and that is amazing.

Saucy
Saucy

You and LIsa are my favorite housewives. Both of you seem so kind and very classy. I love your husbands also. They seem so down to earth and funny. No snobs in yours and Lisa's homes. Its great to see. I think Paul is too cute and he seems to truly adore you.

scoobidy
scoobidy

Hi Adrienne,

You are wonderfully inspiring and uplifting in so many ways. Initially, I was planning to write this post to ask you to please consider adoption of a shelter or homeless dog rather than purchasing one from a breeder, but I was so pleasantly surprised to see that so many others beat me to it!! I am sorry that Luna wasn't the right fit for your family at this time, but please know that there are millions of dogs out there that are dying to have a loving home like yours. I know that money is not a concern, but please consider adopting a dog next time. The amount of money that a dog costs does not make it any better. I would recommend a young Boxer, as they are great with kids, other dogs, and everything else. Look for various breed rescue groups in your area or go to petfinder.com which is a wonderful website of all the rescue groups in the country. Paul seems very devoted to you, and it's so nice to see you two. You seem so nice and down to earth. Now go and look on petfinder for your next baby. Or, go to your local shelter, but bring tissue, because it is terribly sad if you are a compassionate person as I can see you are. Love you.

koh
koh

As the others have posted here, pls get a rescue dog! You are a really neat lady so I am sure you will do what's best.

Viewer in the burbs
Viewer in the burbs

A, Can you fix me up with a debonair man? I love your hair. Also love that you are not a phony. Wish I could learn how to throw a man on the floor. How long did it take you to learn that.

sbxcarpe
sbxcarpe

I think Adrienne loves her husband, she gives him alot of slack.. I agree with Adrienne that Peter should have gone to her uncle's funeral and stayed by her side with her mom... That is a real marriage moment.. If the marriage doesnt work , its on Peter. I am mean jezzuss,, a person can only die once.. you cant repeat it Peter...