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It was a beautiful Sunday morning, we were visiting LA, our kids met us in Santa Monica, and we were strolling down the Promenade. Looking at our grown children I was thinking about how my husband and I would have more time "for us" now that they are all older.

Ten minutes into our stroll, Stephanie pointed a finger to a lady with a puppy. I am not sure what possessed me, but I came up to her and asked to hold the puppy.  

Let me assure you that this is not something I ever do. I like dogs, and especially puppies. I can pet them, I can compliment them, but taking them in my arms has never been my desire.  As I placed this bundle of fur on my left breast he opened his eyes looked at me, took a deep breath, and fell asleep. I stood there for a couple of minutes and asked Stephanie to get my husband who was admiring a street show in front of me.  As he came up and saw what had to be "the look" on my face, as he refers to it, he said, "You are not serious are you?" What shocked me was my answer, as I heard myself saying was, "I just have to have this puppy, he belongs to us."

Now let's be clear here, the lady was not selling the dog, or at least I didn't think so. Seeing that my husband wasn't gong to put up a fight, and looking at our kids that all thought it was a phenomenal idea, I began to negotiate.

Half an hour later, I was a proud mother of a CHUG, what the heck is that you ask?
Well, it's a mix between a Chihuahua and a Pug. Also known as a Pugwawa.

This took place 48 hours ago.  My kids had to take him home because I had to stay in LA for one more day. Since last night when I got home, I've been preoccupied with this bundle of joy. I have cooked for him, bathed him, played with him and put him to sleep. My mom announced that I've gone mad...well maybe I did. Is he going to drive me nuts in few days? I think so, is he going to be a job and a half? For sure, but as he nibbles on my toes and looks at me with eyes that look like he understands, I know that he will change the dynamics of our household.   And about that thought I had.... remember? Where my kids are grown and my husband and I now have more time to ourselves? Well, that has been replaced with a brand new responsibility. Taking care of our new "son" Stoli.

Chilling on the couch.

Seriously, isn’t this the cutest thing you’ve ever seen?



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      Cindylouwho1966 wrote Oct 8, 2008
    • Yana,

      I was just about to post a blog entitled, “Dog makes woman go insane.” I have never been a ‘dog person.’ I’ve had a cat/cats since I was 3. But when I found Hannah June ‘07, I became a dog mommy. I loooooooooooooooove this dog. I just brought her in from the rain (she wanted to go see the cows out back) and as I was drying her off, I realized I have become one of “those” people.

      Your baby (great name) is fabulous!!



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      Dianne67 wrote Oct 8, 2008
    • Your new addition is adorable.  How could anyone resist that little face.  When you find the right pet you just know it.  The two of you connect on some higher, spiritual level.  I can’t believe that you talked someone into giving up their puppy.    

      I felt the same way with my cat Susy.  I couldn’t walk away from the cage.  There wasn’t a doubt in my mind that I was taking her home with me and that we were destined for eachother.

      Hugs-
      Dianne



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      Daphne wrote Oct 8, 2008
    • Stoli is adorable!

      Here is the only little dog to capture my heart...we inherited this Shih-Tzu when he was 6 months old.  We’ve taught him to whisper (yes, you read that correctly...he whispers when you do the “shhh” face with your finger at your mouth), shake, hi-five, lay down and go night-night and a few other not-so-amazing tricks.

      http://i235.photobucket.com/albums/ee268/DaphneAT13/000_0331.jpg/IMG


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      Cynthia Schmidt wrote Oct 8, 2008
    • Oh, my God, he is adorable! And, after reading your blog on raising children, I know you’ll do a wonderful job with him. Little Stoli, the “Chug o‘love” will be super puppy in no time!



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      Inakika wrote Oct 8, 2008
    • Yana,
      He’s adorable! How can you not love him?
      I have 2 dogs (I call them the Poopers)Duke and CoCo. They are Shorkies (shih tzu/yorkie mix) It was originally supposed to just be CoCo, but the person that was supposed to take Duke got cold feet. I took him home, hoping my husband would not mind. Mind, shoot, he fell in love with Duke and that was that! My kids don’t mind when I say the Poopers are their siblings, they are in love with them as well.  


      Here is Duke and Daddy.....:)



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      Almostfive0 wrote Oct 8, 2008
    • Awwww, Duke has a smile on his face...lol



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      Inakika wrote Oct 8, 2008
    • Dosen’t he? I love this picture of my guys! Duke has the Shih Tzu underbite. He’s quite a ham. Sister CoCo is the Regulator, she is the one that will fuss first.



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      Daphne wrote Oct 8, 2008
    • DUH!!!  Here’s the pic...thanks for helping me, Yana!



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      Yana Berlin wrote Oct 8, 2008
    • WOW, your dogs are adorable....

      I would of taken them home....

      GOD HELP ME....and my family, what is happening here? When did I become obsessed with dogs?

      My mom just announced that this is a sign that I’m ready to be a grandma.

      ATTENTION....All of my children......

       THIS IS NOT TRUE, I’m NOT ready to be a grandma



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      Gina Venturini wrote Oct 8, 2008
    • Yana,

      He is so adorable and get ready to have the ride of your life. I’ve never had children but owned 2 dogs and one passed in January at the age of 13 and her mate Hannah is still alive. My husband and I decide to get another dog so she would have company and then he mentions that we need to get two more dogs because they have to be able to play with one another since Hannah is old.

      I agreed but said he would have to help me out. We rescued 2 lab mixed puppies from a rescue and they were brought to us in cat carriers and now 10 months later, they are about 55-60 lbs each and who is the one taking care of them? Of course it’s me.

      Although I get frustrated at them, the look in their eyes melts my heart and I love that they have rejuvinated our 14 yr old back to her feisty self.  

      Best of Luck w/ your new baby. Dogs are like having children except they don’t always listen.



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      Daphne wrote Oct 8, 2008
    • Gina: It is my experience that dogs listen FAR better than children do!  LOL



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      Yana Berlin wrote Oct 8, 2008
    • Hi Gina,

      They look like they can steal your heart.

      Dogs might not always listen....but they NEVER talk back at least like children do



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      Lorilyn wrote Oct 8, 2008
    • while l think having a dog would be such a pain, seeing you all with your pups makes me feel it would be so nice to have one (after my preschooler is old enough to care for it.lol)
      ps.
      my last ‘what was l thinking‘,was when l found out l’d be a mom again at almost 40 after my girls were teens and almost on their own. friends asked hubby that question and his reply was, “I wasn’t”



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      Yana Berlin wrote Oct 8, 2008
    • I don’t remember when was the last time I made a video of my kids, but here is Stoli



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      Carine Nadel wrote Oct 8, 2008
    • He is just so cute.  I am such a “pet” person.  I have had a dog continually from age 8.  Each one was as precious to me as a human child.
      Really-I have loved my animals more than several family members.
      father in law died the day after our cat passed-we were all crying buckets-for Snowy.
      Next year, Lucky passed away, I felt as if someone had literally ripped my heart in two.
      But to have them in my life-wouldn’t trade it for a second.
      Mazel Tov mommy!



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      Dee Dee Shaw wrote Oct 8, 2008
    • Awe Yana - how cute! He is adorable. I have wondered what a Pugwawa looked like. My 'what was I thinking' happened a couple of weeks ago when I bought *3* horses. And we are supposed to be moving across the country when our house sells! Here is a pic of one of my new babies getting a pedicure:

      And the other two in sepia:

      Not near so cute as Stoli... but they have stoli my heart as Stoli has captured yours. :P

      Dee Dee



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      Tuliplady wrote Oct 9, 2008
    • Taking in a dog like that usually is a pretty good sign you‘re ready for grandkids!  Since my kids have no intention of giving me grandkids, here’s the two I“ve taken in this past year.  

      the yellow one is Lady and the short one is Flash.



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      Cindylouwho1966 wrote Oct 9, 2008
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      This was a cute little story I saw on MSNBC


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      Yana Berlin wrote Oct 9, 2008
    • Dee Dee,

      A week ago I would of never believed I would of bought a dog, or stood on my fourth feeding him from my hands, now looking at your horses the only thing I can say THANK GOD I live in San Diego, and our house can’t house horses, so I’m safe....but I love horses, I used to draw them all the time.

      TulipLady, my mom said the same thing, I’m ready for grandkids...but I think I’m good for now..

      Cindy, what a cute article, thanks for sharing.

      Ok, off to wash my baby and put him to bed....my kids are freaking out, they all claim they don’t remember getting so much attention.



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      Sherri Tarran wrote Oct 10, 2008
    • Congrats Yana!  The answer is obvious on why your heart was captured by this little guy - number one - he is ADORABLE!!  And number two, you are a nurturer - it fills a need in you to care for something, or someone - especially now that the kids are growing up and not needing you as much.

      Here is the little love of my life (Murphy) - this is a pic of when we first got him 3/07 - he will be 2 yrs old next month and is a big 2 1/2 lbs!
      Sherri

      pic



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      Cheryl Guy wrote Oct 17, 2008
    • I came home from a trip to Chicago and found out that my husband adopted Ariel while I was gone. SURPRISE! I had never owned a dog before and was not happy! It took a couple months of frustration (of course I am the only one who cleaned up after her!) but then she became one of the loves of my life! Enjoy your little guy, he is so cute!



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