After much research and discussion, we decided to buy another dog. I found a local trainer that ran a specialized program that trained puppies for 8-9 weeks where each puppy is potty trained and obedience trained and are prepared to come into your home and become a well mannered and loving member of your family. So I contacted the trainer and explained what I was looking for and she said she had just the dog for us. A Weimaraner named Sandy that was incredibly mellow and laid back, and just loved her people.
I went out to meet her, and she was a doll! I knew she would be perfect. So we got everything ready, did all of the paperwork, and a week later we brought her home on March 1st.
re-named her Jemima, and she settled right in with us as if she knew she was ours. All of the kids
were instantly in love and Jensen especially, calling at every minute for her "Mima", calling
for her as she went to bed each night, and first thing as she woke up in
the morning, always looking for her "Mima". Jensen adored her, and Jemima was so sweet and patient with
happy as we were to bring our sweet puppy Jemima home on Friday, sadly
we had to take her back only 3 days later Monday afternoon. We are heartbroken. It turns
out I'm allergic to her, and my arms, from my fingers all the way up the
back of my elbows broke out in itchy red bumps, basically everywhere
her fur touched my skin. The reason I didn't know about this before is
that our little Lucy (a 12 lb. Boston Terrier) had terrible skin issues
and to snuggle her required wrapping her in a blanket to make sure we
didn't aggravate her itching further so I had limited to zero fur-to-skin contact in the last few years. I also grew up with a Sheltie
which is an incredibly fluffy little dog, so it seems my allergy has
only recently developed.
Sp right now we are just focusing on helping Jemima's
trainer find her another home, which I know won't take long since
she is simply the most incredible dog and the sweetest little love I
have ever met. I am so annoyed with my stupid extra sensitive skin! I have had several suggestions about getting a poodle or poodle mix since they are considered hypoallergenic and a great dog for some allergy sufferers, but before I dive into another new dog and getting my kids attached again, I will test my skin against Grammy Lesa's Poodle/Schnauzer mix Tramp O'Malley and see if I have any reaction to him first. Then we will decide what we want to do from there. But for now, we are missing our Mima. She was simply perfect, and we were heartbroken.to see her go.