It’s a BOY!

by Janice

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 Deb - Mom of 3 Girls December 22, 2009 at 7:42 pm

Oh he is so sweet! And I’m not letting Hannah see this post – she’d start her begging all over again, lol. ;)

Congrats on the new family member!


2 Katie December 22, 2009 at 7:51 pm

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.


3 jubilee December 22, 2009 at 8:05 pm

Really, could there be a cuter dog?!


4 RC December 22, 2009 at 8:17 pm



5 Trudy December 22, 2009 at 8:36 pm

I think that he may bethe cutest puppy I have ever seen.
Is there a rescue organization just for this kind of dog?


6 StephanieS December 22, 2009 at 8:54 pm

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. ;)


7 queen-size funny bone December 22, 2009 at 8:59 pm

oh what a cute little pup. I’m sure you will all be very happy together.


8 melissa December 22, 2009 at 9:34 pm

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!


9 j December 22, 2009 at 9:43 pm

funny how things have a way of working out. your family is very lucky and so is little aj.


10 Jen December 22, 2009 at 9:52 pm

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 :)


11 Mikki December 22, 2009 at 10:28 pm

Oh my goodness. If he isn’t the cutest thing. And what a great mix of dog! I know both breeds and they are great!


12 Lindsey December 22, 2009 at 10:49 pm

Cute cute CUTE! I’ll bet Jackson is thrilled. :-)


13 Jen December 22, 2009 at 11:11 pm

Congrats!! He’s adorable. What a great Christmas present for the kids. Happy Holidays!!!!


14 Cathy December 22, 2009 at 11:24 pm

What a sweetheart..and look at those baby pink toes he’s sportin’.. Merry Christmas and welcome AJ..


15 Naomi December 22, 2009 at 11:36 pm

He is so cute! He look a lot like our poor puppy Ludella who we lost recently. The Humane Society said she was a beagle mix but her coloring was very like AJ’s:

Keep him safe and happy. He looks like a wonderful dog.


16 Tonya December 22, 2009 at 11:50 pm

He is just too cute for words! I have wanted a King Charles! They are super cute and super soft, Congratulations :)


17 Amys blah, blah, blogging December 23, 2009 at 12:26 am

Oh, he is so stinkin’ cute! Hope it all works out well, glad everyone is so in love!


18 Michelle December 23, 2009 at 12:32 am

He is absolutely adorable! Makes me want a dog…Mmm…yep think I’ll wait until the little guy can feed it.


19 Ma21cuteboy December 23, 2009 at 7:15 am

AJ is sooo cute! I hope that he makes your family happy; most of all helps Jackson with his “challenges”
Happy Holidays!!


20 Rona December 23, 2009 at 9:29 am

Congratulations on your new arrival. And kudos for adopting him.


21 hotpantsâ„¢ December 23, 2009 at 10:03 am

What an adorable puppy!


22 Kelly December 23, 2009 at 10:04 am


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.)


23 Casy December 23, 2009 at 10:29 am

He is just adorable!!


24 Colleen Pelar, CPDT, CDBC December 23, 2009 at 12:27 pm

AJ is adorable. I hope Jackson and Olivia love having a dog in the family. If you need any tips for managing kid-and-dog interactions, check out . Enjoy!


25 crunchy domestic goddess (amy) December 23, 2009 at 2:58 pm

sooo cute! what a great christmas present. :)


26 Crystal Warren December 23, 2009 at 4:18 pm

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!


27 Piroska December 23, 2009 at 5:05 pm

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…


28 Donna C. December 23, 2009 at 9:11 pm

oh- such a cute puppie:)


29 Erica December 23, 2009 at 11:10 pm



30 Kirsten December 23, 2009 at 11:49 pm

Congratulations on your new family member! He looks adorable.


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