Here is where I take a very regretful deep breath - we couldn't keep Luna with us. Rest assured, we found her an amazing home with our wonderful dog trainer, who you saw in the episode, and Luna is very happy in her new, loving environment. Obviously, our kids are our first priority, and unfortunately she could not seem to get settled in a house that has three young boys running and playing at all times. Her apprehension made her unpredictable in our environment and she began to ignore the commands she had been trained to follow as a security dog. We were so happy that finding her an ideal home worked out so well, and I can promise you she is thriving with her new mom!
We've talked as a family, and we do want to bring another dog into our household in the next few months. The lifelong relationship between children and their pets is so important to me for so many reasons – pet ownership teaches children about responsibility, compassion and respect for other living things. In return, children get the unwavering love and loyalty that comes with being a good owner. It's an amazing thing to see just how much a pet can change a child's world and how deep that bond can become. I think the lesson here is to really choose a dog that fits with your environment – and this goes beyond researching for the right breed. This also means paying great attention to the unique temperament of the specific animal you choose before you choose it, and exposing the pet to the situations it will encounter in your home to see how it will react.
So yes, the dog was a great gift and she now has a home she is comfortable in. Our next canine addition will definitely be one who enjoys the noise and chaos of three active little boys!
By the way, I had SUCH a great time on Watch What Happens Live with Andy and Lance this week. They both have amazing energy and they made me laugh so much. It's been a whirlwind few days in New York, but now I'm ready to get home and catch up on some much-needed rest. I'm so tired that I'm kind of surprised that I didn't fall asleep while writing this blog!
P.S. I just want to thank you all for being so kind and honest in the comments and feedback you have been giving me through this blog. It's been very uplifting to read what you have to say and you've made blogging such a positive experience for me!