So now my answer is a question back to them 'Why do you have kids?' which is often met with a look of shock and a variety of answers that mimic the above questions. Then comes the look of disgust when I tell them that I actually have 'kids' and tell them these are my children - we call them furbabies. Selby , Jesse , and Amos 
This is Amos - we got Amos because we thought Selby needed a playmate. Selby HATED Amos - so much she took a huge poop in front of our bedroom door the first night he was home. Needless to say - Amos had to learn to entertain himself. But he ended up being our over achiever jock dog - as our breeder Jeanie would say 'A happy Dachshund is an obedient Dachshund'. Unlike Selby, Amos went to puppy school at 4 months and never looked back. He then went on to racing [for charity]- his claim to fame was at a Seattle Seahawks game during half time in front of a sold out crowd crazy for Wiener racing. Unfortunately that would be his last race. Amos was diagnosed with IVDD, fortunately it has been successfully treated by acupuncture and physical therapy. In the coming months I will be posting more about Amos' treatment and how we care for him. Amos is a momma boy - he has to spoon me every night in bed. [yes, all three sleep with us. Another reason why we don't have kids;)]
This is Jesse - or the J-man, or Jesse-po-pessie. HE is a boy dog and he would also like me to tell you that he is a show dog. [ex-show dog, but we whisper that] I did take him in the ring for a year and did the show tour with him... I will spare you all the stories and just tell you to watch the movie Best in Show - they didn't miss a beat. Jesse may be are smartest dog we have. He has also chosen an alternative dog lifestyle. Short story - after an unsuccessful mating [with a very cute and willing female, he wanted nothing to do with] he immediately came home, ran upstairs and humped his favorite stuffed bear to death. NOT kidding. We are still waiting for Jesse puppies, not holding my breath, pretty sure that ship has sailed. His favorite pastime [other than spending time with his bear] is dressing up in his Superman costume. Oh, and if you haven't guessed this one...he is a momma's boy. In fact, saying that he tolerates Kirk would mean that Jesse would actually acknowledge him during feeding time.
See not much different than those of you with children right?? kidding... a little bit.
This was us at Christmas 
This is us - our version of family. However backwards people may think it is, it works for us and that's what counts. Around Valentine's Day this year my favorite people from Compendium sent me one of their new books: '2' How will you create something beautiful together? As Kirk and I were looking at this together I was thinking to myself 'those guys hit it out of the park again!' To quote them "Like life itself, the enclosed '2' book is meant to be shared with someone you love. Let the thoughts in these pages inspire you to dream together, plan together, laugh together - and fall in love with life all over again." Those last few words really resonated with me and that really does sum up what Kirk and I share together: we love life, so we can love each other.
So today's giveaway [so sad, it's the last giveaway. well not the very last, you know what I mean] I have a '2' book to giveaway to a random reader! You don't have to be married to win - save it for when you are with someone or share it with a couple you know.
Just leave a comment here - how many lovely children do you have? Do they walk on two feet or four paws? Check back on Monday, April 24th at 8:00 AM for the winner! Happy Easter to you and your families -