We Adopted a Dog!

We Adopted Him!

He’s somewhere between 4-6 months old, and we adopted him today from the Animal Care League here in Oak Park.

We Adopted Him!

He has the best personality – he’s just super sweet, calm, and lovable. He went between snuggling up to me and snuggling up to Brandon most of the time, just back and forth, wanting to be pet.

We Adopted Him!

We took him for a walk (he was very good), and we can visit him Monday and Tuesday. He’s getting neutered on Wednesday, and then we can go pick him up on Thursday.

He’s such a sweetie! Now we need to think of a name…

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  • Tanna
    March 8, 2008 at 2:20 pm

    He’s adorable. You could name him Lovely. Not a very boyish name though. :)

  • Emily
    March 8, 2008 at 2:26 pm

    He’s a kind-looking dog. Sweet eyes. Congratulations!

    Name suggestion: Roscoe :)

  • Michelle
    March 8, 2008 at 2:40 pm

    ooooo tooo cute tooo cute ….congratulations !! He is a lucky puppy :)

  • Jamie
    March 8, 2008 at 2:42 pm

    Aw! He is adorable!

    I just spent a ridiculous amount of money at Petsmart today so I could spoil my new pup. haha, puppies do that to you! Be prepared.

    If my Edie was a boy, I wanted to name her Ph/finneus. Ph/Finn for short. Finn or Henry are my suggestions!

  • Erica Burns
    March 8, 2008 at 2:44 pm

    Congrats on the new pup! He looks like he will be a faithful companion for many years to come. Speaking of faithful, how about a throw back name like Fido? You never hear dogs named Fido anymore!

  • Marilyn
    March 8, 2008 at 2:58 pm

    Oh, congratulations on doing such a wonderful thing! He’s so adorable. Name?

  • sarah
    March 8, 2008 at 3:09 pm

    Aww, he’s adorable! I’m glad you decided to adopt… my adopted beagle is the sweetest, cutest dog in the whole world, i swear.

  • Lisa
    March 8, 2008 at 3:23 pm

    Well done for adopting a dog from a shelter! When you were talking about dog quizzes & breeds on a previous post I got the impression you were shopping for a purebred. I’m really happy to hear that you helped find a home for this little guy, rather than getting one ‘made to order’ from a breeder, or worse, ‘off the rack’ at a pet store!


  • lsaspacey
    March 8, 2008 at 3:24 pm

    Good that they do the neutering, then you get to be his “loving rescuers” and not “those people who did this to me.” Congrats! I can’t wait for the adventures.

  • carrie
    March 8, 2008 at 3:49 pm

    Congratulations! He looks so sweet & adorable. And, he looks like a Jack to me.

  • Gene
    March 8, 2008 at 3:54 pm

    Woof! He looks like a real sweety.

    “Yay! I’m going to the vets to get tutored!” :-)

  • Lisa
    March 8, 2008 at 4:06 pm

    Yay! I am so glad you found a hunny. He looks a LOT like my dog, BuddyHolly.

  • trisha
    March 8, 2008 at 4:12 pm

    ohmygoodness! he is so adorable! he looks like an “Amos” or “Oliver” to me..let me know when he’s home and I can send him some yummy “Welcome to your new home” treats! (just email me your addie)

  • Dana
    March 8, 2008 at 4:20 pm

    You guys are the dogliest people ever! I have been surprised to see no dogily child in that house of yours… congratulations!

  • Lindsay
    March 8, 2008 at 4:20 pm

    What a face! Love the cocked ear. :)

  • Elissa
    March 8, 2008 at 4:29 pm

    CUTE!!! I love the floppy little ears!

  • Elizabeth @ Elizabeth Anne Designs
    March 8, 2008 at 4:37 pm

    Congratulations on becoming a mommy! He’s precious!

  • Aimee
    March 8, 2008 at 4:42 pm

    Oh how sweet! Look at that face! :) Congrats, and many days of happiness to come.

  • amy purple
    March 8, 2008 at 5:03 pm

    Oh my goodness, he’s such a cutie! Look at those ears! Congrats on the new addition to your family!

  • ileana
    March 8, 2008 at 5:10 pm

    Congratulations you guys! He looks like a sweetheart. What a cutie.

  • bandelle
    March 8, 2008 at 5:10 pm

    Just adorable. I’m sure he will bring you guys lots of happiness!

  • Jules
    March 8, 2008 at 5:17 pm

    So stinking cute! How about Oliver as a name?

  • Caitlin
    March 8, 2008 at 5:40 pm

    That’s not a pug! ^_~

    He’s soooooo cute!

    Puppy = win
    Adoption + Neuter = +1 million points ^_^

    Name suggestion: Maple
    The rings around his eyes are just the colour of syrup!
    Finnegan? Monty? Digby/Rigby? Tucker?

    Let us know when you name him!!

  • Hayley
    March 8, 2008 at 6:36 pm

    What a kawaii puppy dog.

    How big is he going to get?? Are you going to crate train him?? If he is going to be inside for the 1st few days/weeks I recommend getting some “puppy pads” for him to pee on (they have a special smell that attracts the dog to go pee on it) We live in an apartment and have to always use them for our puppy and they really work (most of the time, lol)

    I’m from Australia and popular dogs name here is Bouncer (There was a famous dog named Bouncer on a 1980’s soap)or Bluey, but thats more for a blue heeler.

  • jenni
    March 8, 2008 at 6:40 pm

    SOOO very cute!!! Love that nose. Congrats! Pound puppies and strays make the best pets!

  • Michelle
    March 8, 2008 at 7:09 pm

    oooo! congrats!
    we adopted a puppy about a week ago from the animal care & control here in rva! she’s about 7 months old.
    can’t wait to hear what his name is!

  • priscilla
    March 8, 2008 at 8:01 pm

    Beautiful puppy dog.

  • Jen Cousino
    March 8, 2008 at 8:27 pm

    Congratulations!!! So excited for you. He will be such a amazing addition to your family.

  • jaime
    March 8, 2008 at 8:33 pm

    Congrats! he is so cute. I hate those boring dog names but for some reason, he looks like a Rex. Name #2 is Pancake.

  • Danielle Melnyczenko
    March 8, 2008 at 9:51 pm

    Congratulations on your new family member and also for doing something positive for the community. Good luck with chosing a name… “Obie” aka: Obie-Wan Kenobi (I saw the star wars figurine in your house pics) is just a suggestion.

  • jac
    March 8, 2008 at 10:17 pm

    oh he’s adorable! i say wait a few days and get to know his personality to figure a name that really fits him.

  • Laura J.
    March 8, 2008 at 10:31 pm

    We’re the goofy kind of family that drags out a baby name book when a new furry child joins our ranks, thus we have Hurley Monroe (our Golden Retriever), Sweet Margarita, aka “Sweetie” (our Chihuahua), Willie Flynn (our Yorkie), and Evelyn May, aka “Yahoo” (our spastic Chorkie, the love child of Sweetie and Willie). I don’t know but the cocked ear makes me think of “Seamus O’Malley” … like he’s saying, “Fancy a pint at the corner pub, Love?”

  • Isabella
    March 8, 2008 at 10:43 pm

    Adorable – those photos just make me melt!

    And, I just wanted to give kudos to you for your lovely blog as well – I stumbled across it tonight and I love it so far. :)

  • Michelle B
    March 8, 2008 at 11:41 pm

    Oh. My. Goodness. He’s so, so cute! He has the most adorable face. He’s so perfect. Any ideas yet on a name? I always end up giving my pets people names for some reason.

    Good luck with your little guy!

  • victoria
    March 9, 2008 at 1:44 am

    ah, that just makes my heart melt. what a cutie. i think you’ll find it’s the best thing you ever did. i adopted cooper, and although i miss him terribly everyday (he passed away suddenly in october), his love was the best i ever got. rescue dogs just give such love. congratulations!!

  • alivicwil
    March 9, 2008 at 3:29 am


    I love puppies with chocolate-brown noses – he’s lovely!

  • Gis
    March 9, 2008 at 5:51 am

    Congratulations!! He’s such a sweetie!!
    And not just that, but THANKS! In the name of everyone that works with strays and abandoned animals, thanks! Here in Argentina there’s so many dogs needing homes, and I am always trying to place animals in adoption, so when you see cases like this, makes me super super happy
    Hope you guys have fun with this sweetie!!!

  • Sommer
    March 9, 2008 at 6:24 am

    Congratulations on the addition to your family! He’s so sweet! I like him, and I’m not even a dog person. Also: You’re so awesome for adopting a stray and not going to a breeder. He’ll love you forever for it!

  • Jane
    March 9, 2008 at 7:00 am

    Oooh! He’s so pretty! Congratulations!

  • luuve
    March 9, 2008 at 8:47 am

    my suggestion is Brikki. Brandon + Nikki (lol im not sure if anyone calls you that!).

    Congrats he is really adorable. He has a very kind face :)

  • jenni s-g
    March 9, 2008 at 11:40 am

    What a sweetie! I’m excited for you!

  • Daniela
    March 9, 2008 at 3:02 pm

    Congratulations on your new dog. I know he is so glad to have a forever home.

  • Mary
    March 9, 2008 at 4:54 pm

    Kudos for adopting a dog from a shelter! All of the best pets I’ve ever known have been rescue pets – including my own sweet kitty cat. :)

    He looks like an “Eli” to me. So cute!

  • whatever DeeDee Wants
    March 9, 2008 at 5:26 pm

    Very cute!

  • Stacy
    March 9, 2008 at 6:20 pm

    Congratulations on your newest member of your family! My husband and I got our first dog before we were married and now have two dogs and two cats – we call them our “fur family” because we haven’t started having kids yet – much to the despair of our parents and grandparents who all want more little ones running around – for now our “fur family” is all we are ready for (let alone all we can handle). And kudos for adopting from a shelter and giving hope to a dog in need!

  • Bububug
    March 9, 2008 at 6:32 pm

    I am very happy that you adopted a dog. There are so many homeless dogs in shelter and you helped save one- congrats and I am proud of you both! I have a rescued also. I highly recommend that you check out an awesome dog psychologist named Cesar Millan. He has a show on National Geo and all he talks about is training us- people to be a responsible dog owner,
    Congrats again!

  • Brett
    March 9, 2008 at 6:56 pm

    OMG he is divine. congratulation syou guys must be so chuffed. cant wait to see more pics of him growing up.


  • coyca
    March 9, 2008 at 8:48 pm

    Owen, or Jack, are fabulous pet names.

  • Debbie Cook
    March 9, 2008 at 9:56 pm

    He’s adorable! And yay for you on adopting from a shelter. I wish I could take them all home. So far, just 3 !! but I think that’s our limit.

  • mary.c
    March 9, 2008 at 10:21 pm

    He’s adorable! I can’t wait to see what you decide to name him!

  • Kate
    March 9, 2008 at 11:16 pm

    Congrats! I think this little guy totally looks like an Oliver, or Ollie. Milo would be cute, too.

  • feli
    March 10, 2008 at 5:05 am

    What an adorable dog!! Makes me what to go an adopt a dog now.

    We use to have a dog that looks like your pup and we named him Milo.

  • melissa
    March 10, 2008 at 7:14 am

    Oh! SO adorable! I can’t get enough of puppies! Congratulations!

  • Patti
    March 10, 2008 at 7:23 am

    Congrats to you and your pup! And most of all, congrats for saving a life by adopting from a shelter.

  • Cindy
    March 10, 2008 at 7:34 am

    He looks like quite a sweetie!
    Congratulations and I think it’s awesome you adopted him from a shelter (both of my cats are shelter cats).

  • Toi
    March 10, 2008 at 8:23 am

    He sure is cute. Congrats on your new baby. I love his ear. Those eyes will get him out of a lot of trouble!

  • Marcia
    March 10, 2008 at 10:54 am

    What a handsome fellow. Kudos to you for adopting your little guy. I adopted my Maggie when she was between 6 and 8 years old. Miss M passed away last year. If I ever get another dog, he or she will definitely be from a shelter. Congratulations on the new addition to your family!!

  • Justine
    March 10, 2008 at 1:26 pm

    Well we have Newton a boy and Fig a girl. Those are my fav names. Congrats!!!

  • jane
    March 10, 2008 at 3:17 pm

    What a great face! He looks like a “Hank” to me. Whatever name you’re thinking of, you have to practice hollering it.
    “Heeennnnrrrreee!” makes me think of the B52’s… ;)

  • Erin
    March 10, 2008 at 3:43 pm

    Your new boy is adorable. What about naming him Brown, after “Pink Loves Brown?”

  • Kate
    March 10, 2008 at 5:31 pm

    wow- what a cutie! just wait until he gets comfortable with you- that’s when you’ll see the true puppy come out! enjoy~Kate

  • Michelle
    March 10, 2008 at 7:24 pm

    Emily said: “Name suggestion: Roscoe :)”

    My husband took one look at the dog and said, “That dog looks like a Roscoe!”

  • Anjanette
    March 10, 2008 at 7:33 pm

    Yea! Congratulations on the new addition. My two cents is he looks like a Jake (and because Cutie isn’t very masculine).

  • Lili
    March 10, 2008 at 8:00 pm

    I’m an aunt!

    Congrats kids!

  • maryja
    March 11, 2008 at 1:00 pm

    Congrats! Speaking as the lucky step-mom of an 11year old lab and a ferocious 20lb cat you will be amazed at how much love you will feel for him. If you’re looking for suggestions I offer “Linus” and “Gus”.

  • Jen
    March 11, 2008 at 1:24 pm

    Awww, congrats, he is just darling. :)

  • sabrina
    March 11, 2008 at 1:28 pm

    aww, how cute! I personally think he looks like a Bobbie, but I like Oliver too. Interestingly enough though, my first thought when I saw him was Fido, so you could also go with that suggestion from Erica. I wish you and your new doggie the best!!

  • Lucy
    March 11, 2008 at 1:37 pm

    What. A. Sweetheart.

  • Sherry
    March 11, 2008 at 3:06 pm

    Coming from a girl with a dog named Hamburger (Burger for short) may I suggest Tater Tot?

    We saw a dog with that name in a shelter once and almost had to adopt him right there sheerly based on his name. Wouldn’t it seem that Hamburger and Tater Tot were destined to be the best of friends? Unfortunately Tater was already spoken for.




  • Lorraine
    March 12, 2008 at 7:25 am

    Oh my gosh, I LOVE him. He is soooo cute! I mean- just look at those ears (I have a weakness for floppy puppy ears)!

  • patricia
    March 12, 2008 at 5:25 pm

    what a cutie! our Otto is adopted too and he’s been with us for close to 6 years.

  • Making it Lovely
    March 12, 2008 at 9:00 pm

    Thanks, everyone! We went back and forth between lots of names, including several that you all mentioned. Also, Brandon was kind of partial to “IndianaJonesHanSolo”, but I sort of vetoed that one. In the end, we decided…

    His name is Murray!

  • jamie
    March 16, 2008 at 7:48 pm

    i love him! hello!

    such a gentleman. hi pup!

  • Joanne
    March 16, 2008 at 9:58 pm

    Oh, such a sweet face!

  • Ashley
    March 24, 2008 at 6:40 pm

    He’s adorable! We adopted our dog Speckles from the Animal Care League in Oak Park too! We love her so much. They are great over there! So kind.

  • Susan
    March 30, 2008 at 10:05 am


    There is NOTHING like having a dog in your life. Even though he may sometime piss on your floor, you’ll adore him forever.

  • Amanda
    February 21, 2009 at 5:29 pm

    Your dog is so cute, and I love your designs! You have a great talent! I have a yorkie, and my blog is purely about her. I love having a dog. I hope you enjoy yours.

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