A couple of weeks ago while at the Back to School Fair my boys (that means JJ, Sam & Luka) all fell in love with Negrita - an 8-month old lab mix. She is super sweet and although we vowed never to have a dog until we knew we were staying permanently in one place, we never really discussed the idea of "fostering" a dog. So we...and when I say we I mean JJ decided fostering a dog would be a great idea. I don't include myself in that "we" because I was so sleep deprived at that point that I can't be held responsible for any decisions...ha ha ha.
But in JJ's defense the boys were acting up a little with the baby and we both thought this would be a good project for them and a great opportunity to teach them a little about responsibility. Our job is to take care of her until "Adopt a Dog" finds her the perfect home.
So far she has been a total puppy...as if I didn't have enough work with one baby in the house! Negrita is great to play with. She knows how to catch. But she is also great if your paper shredder is not working. Anything you leave out she will rip to shreds! This morning we had to puzzle piece our electricity bill back together....ooops! She gives new meaning to the phrase "My Dog Ate It."
Nonetheless, we are enjoying having her around for the time being.
My dad is pretty funny and when I told her we were fostering a dog I found this picture and letter in my inbox the next day...
Dear Melissa and JJ:
I remember the other day you told that your son Mikah was already an American citizen, and very soon he could travel with his American passport.
I wanted to help you from here, because I know you will be traveling to Miami in less than five
months and you and JJ are always busy with work, school and three kids.
I contacted the State Department in order to obtain a passport for the new dog, but they gave the
run around. In order to be an American dog it has to be born in the United States or work for the military overseas.
Then I had an idea and contacted the Dutch Consulate in Miami and they were very helpful.
As long as the dog belongs to a Dutch citizen and can bark some words in Dutch, the dog can apply
for a Dutch passport. I took her picture to the consulate and based on the Dutch Dog Naturalization Act of 1995, they were able to issue a passport to Negrita.
So now you do not have to worry when you come to Miami in December. You all will have passports.