Sarah Ferguson sent us the following:
"For the first 5 years of my marriage, I shared my bed with my husband, our cat Mac, and our two French bulldogs, Sugar and Precious. There was never a consideration to live any other way. After all, these pets were treated like our children. However, when we did add two human children to the mix in only 17 months time, our house became a zoo, but we loved it.
The children had tummy time, learned to sit and crawl, and opened their first Christmas presents on the floor right next to the bulldogs. When both dogs became acutely ill and had to be put to sleep within another 17 months, we thought we would take time to focus on just the two toddlers for a while. That idea only lasted for 3 years. My husband found out about a local English bulldog breeder that was about to have some puppies available. While waiting for a successful bulldog pregnancy, my husband saw a Facebook post announcing the opportunity to adopt the 3 year-old English bulldog, Dixie, from Dr. Bolt's office. We thought this was too good to be true and jumped at the chance. Imagine the excitement on our 6 year-old and 4 year-old's faces when my husband walked in our house with Dixie. She has been such an easy fit for us, I'm truly sure this was all meant to be. Turns out, Dixie shares the late Sugar's birthday, just 10 years her junior."
This is Anna Ferguson (age 6) with Dixie (age 3) at St. John's Episcopal School Blessing of the Animals on October 2, 2013.