Prioritizing Our Pets

Long before Jackson was even a blip on our radar, there was Millie. A sweet boxer-lab mix pup who we welcomed to the family in April of 2007.

This little girl was the first thing that really made Brandon and I an us. She was the first thing we decided to do together as a couple. She was a real commitment, not just to one another but to another actual living, breathing being.

I still remember the pitter-patter of my heart when we decided to get our first dog. After months of searching and debating breeds, I found Millie's litter on Craigslist, abandoned and in need of a home. Armed with her first round of shots and ready to be picked up immediately, my jaw dropped when I saw her asking price was just $25! The many breeds I researched were hundreds of dollars. Hundreds! This certainly suited our college-student budget much better, and to top it off she was more beautiful than any full-bred I'd seen yet.

One little email to Brandon and he was in love with her; I knew he would be. In the next couple days, Brandon had Millie at his house waiting for me to arrive in Tennessee to celebrate our one year anniversary; she was just eight weeks old.

Hard to believe she turned six last week.

Hell, it's hard to imagine life before her, or any life without her.

One of my biggest concerns over the last couple of years has been her adjustment to having a baby in our house, ahem, her house. You see, despite her 70 pound stature, this dog thinks she's as small as her toy schnauzer cohort, as loyal as they come and protective to the nth degree over those welcomed into our home.

Its taken time and dedication from Brandon and I, but her relationship with Jackson is growing each day. There's no lack of love coming her way from Jackson; however, she has been hesitant about the screaming, running, mess of a child we brought into her home.

Lately, though, she's let him hug her, pat her, and even grab her tail. Bless this dog! I hope, even in the bustle of our parenting days, she still sees the love we have for her.

Here's to six marvelous years, Millie. May you ever be a part of our family as I can't imagine a single day without you. 


  1. Love your post Erin, very familiar to me. We have a Boxer-Shar Pei mix that too was our child before we actually had a human child. She was 2 when we got her, came from an abusive past and took a little work to get her to trust us. Just about the time she became the lovable mutt she is today, we found out we were pregnant and were worried if not terrified of how she was going to adjust. It's not been a quick transition for us either (maybe it's the boxer) never a bad one as she's never tried to hurt Alex, just stays away from him. But as he is approaching 2 and she's approaching 6, she's become far more tolerable of him and not as skittish. I can't wait for the days when they run in the yard and play together.

    My family is a dog family and life without my Charlie Mae is unimaginable.

  2. awww what a sweetheart! so cute and she and jackson will surely be best friends (once she's ok with him being in HER house haha). so sweet!!

  3. Awww so sweet! I feel so bad that our two dogs don't get the attention they used with two boys...but they have both done so well with them. Nolan is almost old enough to just throw balls for our JRT which=heaven for her!

  4. Sweet millie. I love boxadors! They are so cute!

    Our schnauzers feel the same about Evie -- uncertain, but our boxers would walk across coal and broken glass for her.

  5. This is really touching. I'm feeling very guilty over doggie neglect these days. We have two cats and two dogs. While the cats have always been more self sufficient, the pups have definitely been receiving less attention. I know I need to make more time for some extra belly rubs and games of fetch.

  6. shes so cute. love that she is embracing him.

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