Our Test Case – Annabelle

So we adopted Annabelle back in Nov of 2005 as our “trial run” for parenting.  We figured we would ruin the dog and then, after perfecting our style, ruin some kids. But we never made it past the dog.  And we don’t plan to.  I found Annabelle on PetFinder.com.  Michael had always wanted a doberman and the name Annabelle had always been on my baby name list.  A match made in heaven.  And she was already almost 2 when we adopted her, great for me since I didn’t want to go through the whole puppy training thing.  We found her at the local shelter, or Michael did, nibbling on her kennel-mates’ ear.  Very kind of her.  We played with her for a while and brought her home.    She is my first dog and to say I am bit neurotic about the dogs is a massive understatement.

Here is her “baby” picture:

About nfoste2245

I am approaching 40 and have been married since my early 20's. I have become more than a little frustrated with having to answer incredibly personal questions about my choice to not have children. It is apparently taboo to talk about religion and politics, but confronting me about my reproductive choices is fair game. It is not a choice I made alone, quickly or lightly. My husband and I made it together. I am not "withholding" children or grandchildren from anyone. There is an astonishing lack of understanding over the idea that it is an actual choice, to have a child or not. There is also an amazing lack of support, discussion and resources for those like me, that have made the choice. This is not a blog for kid-haters, or mocking people for having kids. It is a place where we can talk about living full lives, without kids, and without guilt.

Posted on July 19, 2011, in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. I love new parent stories! This was around the time we all first began corresponding, I think. Loving the new blog!

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