It’s a BOY!

Introducing the newest member of the 5 Minutes for Mom family…

AJ - our new puppy


After years of wishing, wanting and begging, my son Jackson finally has a dog!

Last week, we decided that the time was right for our family to expand one more time. To read more about our decision, read my post, The Doctor Ordered a Dog.

AJ’s name is a fun twist that Jackson came up with, based on Jackson’ name, Jackson Andrew.

AJ is a cross between a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and a Beagle. This hybrid breed is often called a Beaglier.

I had searched through hundreds of rescue dogs before I came across AJ. He is almost 11 weeks old and the absolute perfect dog for our family.

Beagliers are great with children and AJ has a wonderful, sweet temperment already. Jackson absolutely adores AJ and is a doting big brother just as I knew he would be.

Olivia loves AJ too and is thrilled to have a dog of her own. Susan’s kids Julia and Sophia are also completely taken with our little Beaglier and are of course asking Susan when they can get a puppy of their own!

After years of resisting getting a dog, (I am already so busy as it is!) I feel totally at peace about our decision to bring AJ into our family. God certainly had all the details and timing worked out and despite the trials of trying to housebreak this little puppy, I am in new motherhood bliss.

Thank you SO VERY MUCH for all of your advice and support on my post about our decision to get a dog. Your comments mean SO much to me! Thank you!!!

And here is one more shot of a very sleepy AJ at the end of his first day in his new home…

AJ - our new puppy sleeping

Written by Janice, 5 Minutes for Mom co-founder
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  1. says

    Oh my gosh, what a cutiepie! I’m not letting my boys anywhere near this post or they’ll be reminding me that Santa can bring anything and it’s not too late to ask.

  2. says

    Isn’t he sweet? Congrats! And I love his creative name. If we ever get a dog, I think I’d want one like that one. Tim, however, would probably much prefer a bigger “hunting” dog. 😉

  3. says

    That is the cutest little puppy! Congrats on your new addition. I am now activly searching the internet for one of these little guys. We have been researching for a while now what kind of dog would best suit our family! Thanks!

  4. says

    Cavalier and a beagle…what a terrific combo!

    Congratulations on your pick; don’t think you could have found a cuter pup anywhere.

    Have fun with him :)

  5. says

    OH! MY! WORD!

    The puppy cuteness? At Christmas?!? BONUS points for being the Best Mom Ever. I’m so happy for Jackson.

    (I laughed at your title, by the way. Because I had almost the exact same headline yesterday.)

  6. Crystal Warren says

    Ohhh he’s a doll baby!!! I think a child having a pet at some point is essential to growing up and learning to care and love something. I hope your son has many happy years with his devoted companion!

  7. Piroska says

    He is just the cutest thing! Makes me want to run out and get one!!
    Isn’t it such a great feeling when you find “the one”.
    How wonderful…


  1. […] Our Puppy AJ fits right in with my “super grow” kids! He was supposed to be a small-medium dog, a mix between a Beagle and a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel. But since he is from a rescue, you never know! The vet thinks he may have Pointer in him — and we agree! But big or small, we adore AJ. […]

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