Madame Curie

Okay. So the past three weeks have been CRAZY. In summary:

May 22 Get married
May 23 – June 1 Go on honeymoon in PARIS (La Ville-Lumière otherwise known as The City of Light)
June 4 Adopt a dog…Whoa!

Yes, we thought about holding off adopting until a few months after our honeymoon, but it so happened that the Cache Humane Society and Logan PetSmart teamed together to create the first annual Cache Valley super adoption. Adoptable animals came from various Northern Utah and Southern Idaho animal shelters, rescues and pounds, all ready to be adopted into loving homes. Because I’m pretty allergic to dogs, Ben printed off a list of hypoallergenic breeds that wouldn’t affect me (i.e. Bolognese, Havanese, Maltese, Poodles, Schnauzers, Shih Tzus and certain Terriers). We figured “what are the chances of finding a hypoallergenic dog that is a small/medium size, doesn’t bark excessively and is potty trained?” Well we found one. The Davis County Animal Control had two Schnauzers (one gray, one black) who sat in little glass windows, waiting for someone…anyone…to give them a chance. We walked the gray guy first…a really happy-go-lucky boy who never barked at any of the dogs. But then we walked the black one and for some reason, we fell in love with her. She was perfect in every way and we wanted her immediately! So that was that. We filled out some papers, paid the $100, bought her a bunch of doggy necessities and took her home for the first time.

Oh boy, we never knew how much we could love her! We changed her name from Lexie to Curie (because Lexie was just a name the pound randomly gave her). Some background Wiki info: we named her after Marie Skłodowska Curie (7 November 1867 – 4 July 1934) who was a physicist and chemist of Polish upbringing and subsequent French citizenship. She was a pioneer in the field of radioactivity and the first person honored with two Nobel Prizes in physics and chemistry. She was also the first female professor at the University of Paris. We thought a French name would be fitting after our Paris escapade and seeing Marie Curie’s tomb in person…clearly we were inspired :)

We took Curie to her first grooming yesterday at PetSmart and she did so excellent! While I was getting my hair cut, so was she (I hadn’t cut my hair in over two years so it felt sooo wonderful to chop off all that heavy, black weight). From what we saw through the glass, she was so good and well behaved…not flinching a bit when she got her eyebrows trimmed.

Look at this poor St. Bernard getting a full body shave! That’s what happens in summer I guess. The heat’s unbearable when you have that much hair.

We also bought her a metal tag with her name and our address/phone number on it in case she gets lost. I had no idea this even existed, but there’s a machine in PetSmart that LASERS on the information in a matter of minutes. So cool!

Not that the tag makes a difference whatsoever, but to other people, she is officially our pup. Curie Napolean Watterson. Senior Schnauzer and watchdog of the Watterson household (because we get burglars coming in and out of our home all the time). Curie is the sweetest dog I’ve ever met. She is so genuinely happy to be around us, always returning my kisses with licks on the face and following us wherever we go. She does not need constant attention because she’s an older dog but still loves to take walks outside and go to the dog park…run around (and sniff butts) with her canine buddies. The only toy she will play fetch with is her stuffed carrot and she is very timid when it comes to eating out of her bowl. Ben thinks that her cropped, pointed ears look like Batman. I adore her tiny, round (almost non-existent) tail that barely wiggles when she’s excited. Curie is a snuggler but LOVES to sprawl out on the edge of the bed/couch/floor because lets face it…who likes sleeping in a U shape? We love her immensely and I can’t seem to remember what it was like before she was here. Welcome to our family Curie! Thank you for being so easy to love.

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