Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Rosey's New Family

I haven't posted about this yet because 1. life has been so busy 2. it is a hard thing to share. So... here goes and my biggest goal in this is to be transparent and real with whoever reads my blog :) Life is a jumble of learning experiences and God moments and this is certainly not an exception.

About a month ago... I realized we weren't giving Rosey the time she deserved. Rosey is a 1 year old yorkiepoo with a LOT of energy. As I got more and more pregnant and Josh started student teaching it was really challenging to focus on her and especially for me (living in a town home) to take her outside to go potty. SO many stairs! Slippery... etc...

With baby Jude on the way and the reality that life is going to change BIG time we had to start thinking about what life would look like with a newborn and a VERY energetic puppy-girl. I couldn't even picture it. Having Jude (possibly sleeping) and then having to take Rosey outside while he was sleeping? It wasn't as if I could just let Rosey out the backdoor (remember townhome here).... no backyard for her to play in....

We really started praying about it and trying to figure out the best option for Rosey because it was selfish to not give her the attention she deserved. It seemed awful to just "hang" on until Jude came and then my attention will be to my BABY 100% and not her. So, so hard.... decisions, decisions....

God brought the GREATEST family into our lives through some friends and they had been also praying specifically for a YORKIE-POO puppy for their family (3 girls and Mom+Dad). They are the sweetest family and the day before Christmas eve we brought Rosey to meet them. (after a month of praying & thinking of the best scenario....) She loved every minute with these girls and she was picked up, played with, dressed-up, bonked --> she was in puppy heaven. It was the cutest thing to see and yet SO hard to try and picture her not being a part of our family anymore.  Plus add into it - overtired, emotional pregnant lady... I was a mess... crying every few minutes.

Rosey was completely at peace in their home. She really loved the girls even though we knew she really loved us too, but they could give her the playtime she deserved. They have a huge fenced in backyard and lots of free-space to play. She was happy.

If you don't read anything at all... read this... God works in crazy ways! Rosey was a big investment (time-wise & financially) but we were able to GIVE her to this family who otherwise wasn't going to be able to afford a puppy. The oldest daughter (8 years old) told her parents that all she wanted for Christmas was a dog.... and the parents had previously told her that they couldn't afford one that year... until Rosey came (the day before Christmas eve).

GOD USED US. BIG TIME. In a really hard way he used us to be a blessing. I don't love this story because of the fact that we had to give Rosey away, I love this story because God cares about every. single. detail of our lives. INCLUDING OUR PETS!

 
This is Rosey's new family! So precious!
She is the 5th girl in the family and fits right in... you should have seen the girls faces when they saw how many outfits Rosey already had :) What a precious moment. 

We miss Rosey but we are SO thrilled about how this all worked out and even though it is so sad - we just really believe that when we follow God he sometimes wants us to experience hard things so that others can experience JOY!

22 Beautiful comments!:

Cristie Young said...

My heart is aching for you right now. What an amazing, yet heartbreaking decision. You did the best thing that for Rosey and for your family. I have a puppy too, which before you have kids they are your kids, but I cannot imaging the position that you were in. I am sure she will always have a place for you in her heart, but you are giving her the best gift.

Praying for you and your family,

Cristie

Randee said...

Sweet Ria. I understand from personal experience how difficult (and conflicting) it can be to re-home a beloved pet. It sounds like you made the best decision you could AND the Lord worked it out to bless a family at the same time! Rosey is well-taken care of and you and getting ready for baby Jude. Although hard it sounds like the God is taking care of the details. Love you!

Melissa Knott said...

I will be honest, I am a crier. But I got so emotional reading this because I was in the same position (as the family you gave your dog to). My family had little money but we (the children) wanted a YORKIE so badly! My mom's friend was in the same boat as you and GAVE us her dog! Her name was Snickers and she was amazing. You are a wonderful lady to be able to help somebody so much. Speaking from experience as the recipient, it is something that will never be forgotten.

whitney tomlin said...

wow! how sad :( I could have never given one of my dogs away!

praying she likes her new home :)

Amanda said...

i know that must have been hard! i'm sure that family is going to love on her soooo much!

Mateya said...

Oh Ria so sorry you had to let go of Rosey, but what a blessing it is to have been able to give her to such a loving family!

Jenny said...

Sweet Friend my heart hurts for you. But it also is overjoyed with the works of God that happened here. What an incredible blessing you gave that family. You are an amazing woman of God and an inspiration to me.

Natalie said...

That was a really self-less thing of you guys to do-to realize that she wasn't getting what she needed even though you wanted her to stay in your family!! You are a great mommy ;)
I am so glad God put her in just the right place!!!

Amanda @ New Adventures said...

God does work in mysterious ways! Rosey fits in perfectly in that family.

Jessie Szmanda said...

Oh honey, I know exactly how you feel. When we had Dom our cat could not adjust. He would pee on everything of the baby's and it was apparent that he was not happy. We prayed and cried over it, but finally found a great home for him, and have heard that he is so happy there. Every pet has a home. Bless you friend.

Breanna Veth said...

Thats tough. So glad you found a great home for Rosey!!

Beka said...

AWWW Ria love! :( I'm so sorry! I love that picture though of that family! They looks so excited!!!!!! :) LOVE YOU SO MUCH!

Lib at Truly His said...

I am sorry you had to get rid of Rosey, but so happy God opened a door for you and yours!!

Jeska said...

This post makes me so sad. On one hand, I ache for you because I know how hard that decision must have been. I know you will always be missing a little piece of your heart. But on the other hand I'm sure that family is very grateful and will give her a great home. I hope Rosey is adjusting well.

Jeska said...

This post makes me so sad. On one hand, I ache for you because I know how hard that decision must have been. I know you will always be missing a little piece of your heart. But on the other hand I'm sure that family is very grateful and will give her a great home. I hope Rosey is adjusting well.

Kylie Marie said...

Ria, I'm so glad you guys were able to find a loving family. I know how hard this has been for you. Praise God that she has a NEW loving family and LOTS of attention :)

Sarah Heineman said...

Well written, friend <3 Miss Rosie girl is loving life right now :) And so great to be a blessing in that cute family's life

Katie said...

Shortly after Calvin was born, we had to give away one of our cats. She wasn't getting enough time just for her, and she was very very unhappy (and showed us by peeing on the carpet right in front of us). We tried every other solution first, and finally agreed that she needed a new family. It is SO hard, but I know that my kitty and your puppy are living happier lives with people who have more time to devote to them. I cried and cried and cried, though - it's one of the hardest things I've ever done.

Reccewife said...

We made the same decision when our 3rd was coming. It's hard, but God has a plan that works together for the good of even the pets :)

Alfonso Ohana said...

That is so great! Bless you two for doing what you did and looking past any selfishness. I'm sure that family appreciates it very much.

:)

Heidi said...

Oh Ria - I'm SOO happy for you and VERY glad you shared this story. What an awesome testimony that I'm sure will bless others who are in tough situations.

In my life, I've always found, that giving when it hurts (financially or something that I love), often becomes the greatest blessing (whether God blesses you financially or spiritually).

Love,
Heidi

Lauren said...

what a sad but precious story! I'm so glad that God was able to use you to provide such joy for another family!

there will be a time when you guys are ready for a furchild once again...and precious Jude will love having a pet around!

it's so awesome to hear how God works in the lives of random people to bless each other!