Because every home needs a pet, and every blog needs a dog, I thought I would take some time to introduce you to the rest of the Christensen family — meet Keno and Molly, our adopted mutts that we love so much and think of as our oldest children!

First is Keno, our eldest.  We adopted him from the local animal shelter when he was 4 months old. A small little puppy…if we would have only known HOW HUGE he was going to get! I kid…but he is really a big (GIANT) teddy bear.

Keno

He was born in January of 2002, and we adopted him in May of that year.  We told the animal shelter we wanted a puppy, so they brought us to where they kept the puppies.  There were 5 of them; 4 girls (all sisters) who were gorgeous gray hound-looking dogs, and then this little awkward male with big feet.  I was gawking at these shiny-coated sisters, who were huddling with eachother in the corner of the pen they were in, when I felt something on my leg.  I look down and this little black puppy with big feet and even bigger brown eyes was up on his hind legs with his front paws on my shins saying “Pick me, pick me!”  So we did.  We took him home and he immediately took over our bed and has been there ever since.  He is part lab, maybe part Rottweiler, and who knows what else, but he is a sweetheart who loves to spoon (seriously!) and loves to get his butt scratched.  He can eat chocolate and rat poison and live through it, and will eat anything else that you give him — can’t you tell?  Yes, he outweighs me at 140 pounds!

Next is our middle child, Molly.  By the way, these are not original names.  My husband has had 2 other Kenos and 1 other Molly.  We originally named them Rocky and Maggie, but it just didn’t fit, and I guess we’re not that original, ha!  Or at least his family isn’t.  🙂  Anyway, Molly’s birthday is October of 2002, and we adopted her over Superbowl weekend in 2003.  Nobody wanted Molly because she had a fungus on her face, but we saw through the skin spots to see what a sweetie she was, plus she was on medication and it was supposed to go away (which it did!).

Molly

We got her from the same animal shelter that we found Keno at, and when we arrived she had just gotten a bath because she had been rolling in cow manure.  She still likes to do that.  We told them we wanted a little dog that likes to play with big dogs, and the first time we saw her she was standing on a big sleepy dog and biting his ears.  Keno and Molly became instant best buddies and I am scared for them for the day either one of them goes because the other one might die of a broken heart.

Molly is part Sharpei, maybe part Border Collie and who knows what else!  She sleeps a foot away from the heater while panting like she’s going to pass out and she trims her own nails.  She will also lick you to death, so we have to watch her around Harper!  Especially because Harper will lean into the dogs, open her mouth and let Molly go to town.  Gross!  But a funny story to tell when Harper’s in high school.

Keno and Molly

And as the headline says, these two are the main reason that I cannot allow myself to buy white furniture, or even a white slipcover!  Especially now when it’s hot and they shed like crazy…you can tell by the discolored fur on Keno’s back leg.  Don’t get me wrong, I love the Young House Love and decor8 look, but I just CAN’T.  Between the mud and the fur and the drool, my furniture would look like a New York City sidewalk.  I need some colored camoflauge, people!

Here are some of my favorite pictures of the dogs, plus some for scale to see how giant he is!

Keno

Bath time!

We have this one framed in our “reading nook” in our living room.

Harper and Keno

And here we are circa Christmas 2005 in our old rental house, before Harper! Our original children. 🙂  There were a lot of funny outtakes trying to get this shot since we used a timer.  Pretty funny!!  And why did we leave the TV on in the background?? Haha!

Christmas 2005 - Our Little Family!

I hope you enjoyed meeting the rest of the Christensen family!  They would love to meet you…and let you take them on a walk! 🙂

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