2004 was a big year for us. In May we moved into our house, in June our first son was born, and in July we got a puppy. And while all of those things made me feel like a grownup, in a lot of ways getting my own dog was really what made me feel truly like an adult. Like a lot of families we had dogs only up to a certain point, and after that began the years of begging our parents, "pleeeeeeease can we get a dog????" (which maybe we've just entered? Jury's out on that, haha!) And so high on my list of grownup things to do, right after buying a house in the country and having a baby, was to get a dog.