However, our family did recently grow by one:
Meet Willie - the little man's new little brother.
See, our family began to grow just about 2 short months before my husband and I got married. Yes, that's right, we had an illegitimate puppy. Our first West Highland Terrier, Casper.
My husband bought Casper for me the very first weekend I relocated to be with him, shortly before we got married.
Fast forward 10 years. Casper is of course still with us, just a little slower. The old man has begun to slow more over the years and especially this past year he has seemed to show his age more.
I had been hounding the husband for the past 10 years for another puppy - I always thought dogs were better in pairs.
Of course I am a dog lover.
When the little man came along the usual "no" response changed to "we have all the puppies we need right now" as he would shoot a gaze toward the little man.
And he was right.
But now the little man isn't so little.
And our house isn't so little.
And Casper isn't so little.
However, I was still shocked when the husband came home one Sunday and showed me a photo on his cell phone of a little white ball of fluff and asked me if I felt like taking a drive to go see the little fluff ball in person.
Of course I said yes.
So, the next day, our family piled into our car after work/preschool and took a drive. When we arrived there were two little balls of fluff to choose from.
While the husband and I were deciding which one to take home, one particular ball of fluff took an interest in the little man. The little man giggled and took off running. The ball of fluff quickly followed after.
As we watched the little man and the ball of fluff chase each other around a tree we couldn't help but smile. I looked down at the other fluff ball who was by my feet.
"I don't know, I think they both look pretty good, which one do you think?" I asked the husband.
The husband looked over at the game of chase that was still ensuing around a big old oak tree.
"Well that's pretty cute," he said, pointing to the little man and the puppy. "I don't see how we can't take the one that likes to play chase with him.
"Besides," he said. "Sometimes we don't choose them, sometimes they choose us."