When we get back to Haiti this little cuddly creature will be adopted into our family.
We've never really done the "pet thing." When you have a bunch of kids, really close together, the idea of adding a dog into that mixture sounds insane. "We want a dog. Can we have a dog?" Believe me, the kids have asked. Relentlessly, they have asked. My answer? "No. Unless one of you moves out, we can't have a dog. We can't have a dog because we already have too many kids."
Anyone who knows me knows this: I am not a dog person.
Call me crazy but I'm not a fan of things licking me or of exposed private parts. Dogs have those. I won't lie. It makes me cringe to know that dogs put their exposed hiney holes all over the floor. If someone came over to your house, licked you, opened up their butt cheeks, set their butt hole on your floor...or worse...your couch...and then this person humped your leg, I'm thinking their bizarre behavior would be a show stopper, a story you told over and over, and your guest would never be allowed back at your house.
The rules are obviously different for dogs.
Add two legs, some fur, some slobber, and suddenly this barbaric house guest becomes a beloved pet.
We've also never been a huge fan of dog food bills or paying for dogs to go to the vet.
Can you imagine how much food this dog will eat? Four boys and a mastiff. Are we the dumbest people that ever lived?
Dogs in Haiti are not just pets, they are working dogs. Part pet, part security guard. I keep telling myself that over and over and over.
The boys are thrilled to have a dog waiting for them when we get back to Haiti. I'm thrilled to have a puppy who will grow up to be a giant beast of a dog who will be the best protection for my babies money can buy in a country like Haiti. We could all pull the Jesus card here and say He is our protection. He is. I want to believe that, but until I fully do, I will snap back with a snarky, "Jesus created mastiffs. Maybe that's how He is protecting my children." You can pray for us. It's always welcome.
When I'm at Beth's and her lionesque dogs are walking around her house, I'm in awe of these enormous creatures who are insanely loyal and protective while allowing children to sit on top of them. Gentle giants to those they love. Fierce warriors whose barks make my blood go cold and my legs feel like jelly when they encounter people who are new or seem the least bit threatening.
Today we had a chaotic family meeting to decide on a name for our newest family member. Beth is fostering our dog, and being the dog lover she is, I'm sure it is driving her bananas that this dog does not have a name.
Naming things in our house is a big deal. All our names start with A or H, so we had to decide if the dog's name would start with an A or an H. Overwhelmingly the kids agreed that yes...it must have an A name or an H name. Since it's a dog, and not a person, we were all okay with it having EITHER an A or an H name, even though in our ridiculous pattern we have going on right now, we are due for an A name (since Hudson is the baby).
We listed adjectives to describe full-grown mastiffs. With an animal this substantial, it really needs a proper name. One that means something.
Anson mentioned Hestia, a greek goddess who was the protector of hearth and home. We all loved Anson's idea, but no one was a huge fan of the name Hestia. Aaron said it sounded like a disease or a sugar substitute. As a homeschooling mom, I liked Anson's idea because it caused great pride to well up inside me that he remembered our mythology unit. Then Anson told me he read about Hestia in the Percy Jackson books. Well, fine. Whatever.
Aaron and the kids started looking into other warriors/goddesses. Not because we believe in those, but because they are bigger than life and cool. Just like a mastiff.
We finally found one we liked.
Protector of the Vulnerable
I almost cried (I am all sorts of lame that way) when Aaron and the kids said her name and what it means. And guess what? After reading more about Artemis, in the stories, she became a midwife.
Artemis. Protector of the Vulnerable and the warrior midwife. She will fit in well around Heartline.