Just one more…

Before I got pregnant with Libby, hubby and I talked about how many children we would have. 

We both agreed that two was the right number for us. My births weren’t ideal with either of the girls, I had to be induced both times because I’d ended up nearly 10 months pregnant. 

As you can imagine, when Lia came out, all 9 lb 15 oz of her, I pretty much decided that my child bearing days were over. But eventually, hubby and I had “that” conversation. Would we have “just one more?” 

Lia is nearly walking and she has a whole repertoire of words up her sleeve. She’s just not a baby anymore. 

The girls are such good friends now, I’ve learnt an enormous amount about siblings. I know that it won’t always be like this, but how lovely to have somebody to grow up with. 

I know that hubby secretly wanted a boy. I also know that in our own way, we are both missing having a baby around the house. 

So we made a decision.

Things moved on rather quickly from there, and we’ve got some news. 

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Allow me to introduce Bubbles. 

Like many staffies, Bubbles wasn’t wanted by her owner. She was only 15 weeks old when she went to a rescue organisation, Boxer and Bullies Saviours. We collected her yesterday at 18 weeks old. 

I wouldn’t usually take on a puppy, I tend to prefer to rescue older dogs that might find it more difficult to find a home. In this case though, I had to compromise. 

Hubby didn’t want to get a dog that wasn’t a puppy because of the children. He was worried about not knowing its background and whether it had the potential to snap at someone. 

I didn’t want to get a dog that wasn’t a rescue, because hundreds of dogs are put to sleep every day in the UK just because there is no rescue space for them. 

For every dog that is rehomed, another dog can have the rescue space. 

So we came to a compromise, we would rescue a puppy. Surprisingly, it didn’t take long at all to find a puppy that was in foster nearby who needed a home. 

I have been genuinely stunned at what a quick learner Bubbles is. 

I collected her yesterday and we got home at lunch time. By this evening, she had learned to walk perfectly to heel on the lead. She can also sit, stay and come on call and is learning to give a paw. 

Pluto has been incredibly welcoming and they are already playing together, although he draws the line at sharing his bed. 

Bubbles is desperate to play with Jamer as well, but Pluto is rather protective of Jamer, so he won’t allow them to play until he’s sure that Bubbles doesn’t mean Jamer any harm. 

So our little family has expanded yet again. Two adults, two children, two dogs… 

I think it’s time we had another cat. 

Please note. I intend to write a blog post tomorrow. If I don’t do so, my husband has killed me owing to the suggestion of more animals. Please check on the welfare of my children and animals. Thanks.




  1. April 12, 2015 / 9:40 pm

    Haha I saw your post on twitter and I was like “an announcement….they’ve just got a new dog…is Natalie mad?”

    Silly dad brain clearly didn’t put two and two together!

    Bubbles looks lovely! I’m so glad that she’s a rescue too. Every animal needs to be loved!

    Good on Pluto for protecting Jamer. But he does have an important role to play now in teaching her what is what and how to do things.

    Lovely post. If for whatever reason you disappear I’ll check up on the animals. I’m sure the kids will be fine πŸ˜‰

    • monsterid April 12, 2015 / 10:25 pm

      Haha thanks Martyn and your comment made me chuckle! There will be no other announcements… but about that cat…

  2. April 12, 2015 / 9:45 pm

    Welcome to Bubbles! A gorgeous dog and I love staffies – one of the most misunderstood dog breeds. Loving your new addition x

    • monsterid April 12, 2015 / 10:24 pm

      Thank you Donna and well said. They are totally misunderstood and gorgeous, friendly and intelligent dogs.x

  3. April 12, 2015 / 10:17 pm

    Oh my days! I love Bubbles!
    What absolute gorgeous markings.
    I have a stinky, snoring staffie next to me right now and I wouldn’t change her for the world… stinky farts and all πŸ˜‰

    • monsterid April 12, 2015 / 10:23 pm

      Thank you Rachael, we adore her. We had a staffie (Soxa, the other half of Plutonium Sox) who died a few months back and a house just isn’t home without a staffie is it?x

  4. April 12, 2015 / 11:33 pm

    Awwww Bubbles is gorgeous. You’re always a bit of a minx with your intro so I know the post won’t necessarily be what I think it is πŸ˜‰
    I’m just talking to my husband about the prospect of a new kitchen so if you don’t hear from me…send help!! x

    • monsterid April 12, 2015 / 11:37 pm

      Haha thanks Amy. If your hubby says no to a new kitchen, you’re very welcome to have our puppy to stay. She’ll chew up the old one for you and he’ll be left with very little choice πŸ˜‰

  5. Izzie Anderton
    April 13, 2015 / 7:42 am

    Congratulations on the newest arrival. Bubbles looks as though she’s going to be full of fun and great inspiration for further blog posts!
    We decided to stop at 2 babies after having twin girls, but adopted a rescue kitten a few years later. The cat was a welcome addition to the family and I’ve never regretted our decision for a second.
    Have fun with your new pup x

    • monsterid April 13, 2015 / 7:53 am

      Thank you Izzie. Two children is the right number for us as well but nowhere seems like home without pets πŸ˜‰

  6. sarah hill wheeler (@hill_wheeler)
    April 13, 2015 / 9:04 am

    Welcome Bubbles, although I have to admit to being more of a cat person (time may be to even the numbers up for Jamer?). Have a great week.

    • monsterid April 13, 2015 / 12:57 pm

      Thank you Sarah. I’ve always had cats and previously I’d have felt sorry for Jamer being outnumbered. But much as I am a cat person, Jamer isn’t a cat person at all. Actually that’s why she ended up needing a new home before we got her, she was getting bullied by the other cats! So hubby is safe from any more cats for now πŸ˜‰

    • monsterid April 13, 2015 / 1:33 pm

      Thank you Laura, she’s a star, she’s getting along really well so far.x

  7. monsterid April 15, 2015 / 12:45 am

    Thank you Jessie. It seems to be going well so far πŸ˜‰

  8. April 15, 2015 / 5:51 am

    Awwwww – brilliant news. I am smiling from war to ear! Bubbles is lovely and I do have a real soft spot for brindle colouring (so why do I keep getting black labs?!).
    Thank you for linking your new addition to #AnimalTales
    PS off to check if there is a blog post after this ….

    • monsterid April 15, 2015 / 6:07 am

      Thank you Rosie. She is lovely, I also love brindles. Apparently they are difficult to rehome, I have no idea why, they’re beautiful!

  9. April 16, 2015 / 7:42 am

    we adopted a 3yo rescue staff cross in South Africa 2 years ago, despite being badly treated he was and still is very trusting, great with kids of all ages and obedient on and off lead, we moved him to Dubai with us in December and he’s settled well. Good to hear you’re off to a good start with your staff, but be warned, they do ike to chew, but thankfully Bob is out of that habit now

    • monsterid April 16, 2015 / 7:48 am

      Aw that’s great to hear, I’m glad yours is getting on so well. Yes, we’ve noticed the chewing πŸ˜‰

  10. monsterid April 18, 2015 / 7:43 pm

    Ah that’s such a lovely story πŸ™‚ I will take on and older dog next time I think because the children will be bigger and cope better with it. But bubbles is doing really well, she has fitted in straight away and has given our older dog a new lease of life so I’m delighted we made the decision to have her.x

  11. April 28, 2015 / 3:30 am

    Bubbles is adorable!!! Congrats on your new addition!

    • monsterid April 28, 2015 / 6:17 am

      Thank you, she’s doing really well πŸ™‚

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