Ellie Patel

On Friday, January 31st, I made a very impulsive decision.

It started out like any normal day. Woke up, made my coffee, and played with Brownie. The beginning of the week I was diagnosed with influenza B so I had missed a week of work and was stuck at home feeling miserable. I was happy to have finally felt normal that Friday. As I was sitting there sipping my coffee I was thinking about what I should do today. I decided to go to the dollar store and see if they had any cute valentine decorations. I took Brownie with me (he LOVES car rides). I didn’t end up finding anything I liked at the store and started to feel weird.. it’s hard to explain but basically I felt an emptiness. Like there was something missing in my life that I couldn’t quite put my finger on. I literally remember saying to myself, “I need some joy in my life.”

We went back home and I just laid down. I opened up Facebook and the first thing I saw was one of my towns local dog shelters posted a video announcing the arrival of about a dozen puppies that needed to be adopted. I watched the video of them all in their cages and immediately fell in love. Of course, I’ve seen a lot of dogs/puppies available for adoption prior to this, but for some reason I was struck with this tiny little brown puppy that I needed to have. So with that, I took off to the humane society. I was the first one there to inquire about the puppies. I walked in the room to look at them all. Still, the same tiny brown puppy captured my heart the most. She was curled up in a ball and when she saw me she immediately got up and walked over to me and licked my hand. I got to hold her for the first time and it was love at first sight. I knew I was going to adopt her right then and there. It took 15 minutes to process everything and she was mine.

The best part? I didn’t tell anyone. Not until after she was in my arms in the car anyway. I FaceTimed my husband and said, “Hey.. so you’re probably going to kill me but.. meet the newest member of our family!” He was definitely not happy at first and kept saying Abbie take her back. I didn’t take her back. She was ours now! Sure enough, it didn’t take him long to fall in love with her too. The other day he goes, “I’m still mad at you, but she was a good decision. She’s perfect.”

Sleep deprived lol it’s fine 😂
So many people have asked me how Brownie feels about his little sister. He was super leery of her at first, but now they are the best of friends! They play, run, and both of them sleep in our bed with us at night.

We love our new baby, Ellie. She is the perfect addition to our family. I always wanted Brownie to have a sibling and am so excited for them to grow up together. Life is good y’all. My heart has never felt this full. I love my little family more than anything in this world. ❤️

As always, thanks so much for stopping by! I appreciate everyone who continues to read my blog posts and follow along through my journey!

xx Abbie 💋

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