meet matilda…

Am i making you nervous that you are getting a second post today…


but i’m sure you all got the panzanella salad all jotted down or printed off ….

so i thought i’d throw a few photos of our new baby out to you.

This is Matilda…….

or you can call her Tangerine….or even Plum.

Lola really loves the name Bartlett…even though she’s a girl…

and Fin has named her Apple D {after his favorite guy in the band  BEP’s}.

I’m just going to call her the

damn cutest puppy i’ve ever seen

we’ve been on the waitlist for a french bulldog for a while…

                                             so when i got the call yesterday that little 9 week old Loretta just came  in

i loaded up the kids faster than you can say Sangria and we headed over.

I was glad to see everyone have shoes on when we walked in to meet Coco…

and let me tell you….it really was love at first sight.

We all took turns holding Prada and snuggling with her….

but i have to confess…..



The only problem is…..

we have to run it by the man of the house….


the guy who pays the bills…or…

the man who will wake up to dog pee in our bed because

i let Matilda sleep with us.

That guy.

You all have one….so i would truly love if when you comment that you address

the comment to…

Dear Bryan….this is why your family needs a Frenchie…. 



  1. This can apply to dad’s too:)
    A boy only needs two things in life……
    A dog and a mom who will let him have one.
    What a cutie. Our neighbors have a black Frenchie named Monster and he is a riot!!

  2. Just think of the children….they need that puppy! BTW she is adorable~

  3. Dear Bryan,

    What dogs teach us:

    Live simply.
    Love generously.
    Care deeply.
    Speak kindly.
    Remember, if a dog was the teacher you would learn things like:
    When loved ones come home, always run to greet them.
    Never pass up the opportunity to go for a joyride.
    Allow the experience of fresh air and the wind in your face to be pure ecstasy.
    Take naps.
    Stretch before rising.
    Run, romp, and play daily.
    Thrive on attention and let people touch you.
    Avoid biting when a simple growl will do.
    On warm days, stop to lie on your back on the grass.
    On hot days, drink lots of water and lie under a shady tree.
    When you’re happy, dance around and wag your entire body.
    Delight in the simple joy of a long walk.
    Eat with gusto and enthusiasm. Stop when you have had enough.
    Be loyal.
    Never pretend to be something you’re not.
    If what you want lies buried, dig until you find it.
    When someone is having a bad day, be silent, sit close by and nuzzle them gently.
    Being always grateful for each new day and for the blessing you have.

  4. Dear Bryan….if you let your wifey have a puppy…she would be too busy with puppy training and would no longer have enough time to visit anthropology or Ikea anymore. Sounds like a win win if you ask me.

    Fingers crossed for you Kasey….the mugs on those pups are too cute.

    Xo rebecca

  5. Dear Bryan….this is why your family needs a Frenchie….

    Because your wife said so.

  6. dear bryan,
    we also just added a frenchie to our little family. her name is eloise, she’s just 17 weeks now. let me just say, from experience, that this little frenchie will be the love of your life! no doubt in my mind. yes, puppies are a lot of work. but in the end you will raise, the sweetest, most well behaved french bulldog in the whole wide world. hang in there … my husband got the “frenchie bug” within just a few minutes, you will too! congratulations to your new baby =)

    <3~michelle friend, and lil eloise.

  7. Dear Bryan,

    Sometimes your wife has baby cravings {as in little bitty humans} as all women of a certain age are wont to have.
    This little puppy can help to fill that baby craving spot. And, you won’t have to send her to college!
    This is a REALLY good trade-off!
    And she’s cute.
    REALLY, REALLY cute.
    And, your wife will thank you, big time {wink wink}!
    Enough said.
    You are welcome.

    xx P&H

  8. Dear Bryan, Matilda looks like a “boy” dog to me, so I think you should go with your wife to pick out a suitable one to name Matilda, or Coco. Prada would be a good name for the boy dog though. ~Lili

  9. One of the cutest puppies ever:)

    This was my rationale for my sweet Toby.

    Dogs can sense natural disasters before humans…Dogs are a natural deterant for robbers…after Hurricane Katrina a boy was protected by his dog…you can’t beat that:) The only problem with my reasoning was that I didn’t get a little darling dog…but a big one…who is the best dog ever and even Mr. wonderful thinks so too. One of my better buying recomendations.

    Also…best “time out” friend for little girls and boys.

  10. OMG! just thought I’d pop in here and then I see the cutest dog ever!!!

    I have puppy cravings for sure…guess that happens when your kiddos stop being little

    Dear Bryan

    Your wife may offer you the best favours if you agree 😉

    Dear Kasey

    That’s how I get what I want…favours 😉


  11. a.dor.a.ble! I love these dogs, I have wanted a French Bulldog for a couple of years now. You picked a cute one. Good luck.

  12. Dear Bryan…

    this dog is so cute…and I am sure there will be a nice reward for you if you utter the words “YES! We can get the dog:)..the very cute dog!”

    Did that help?

  13. ps

    Dear Bryan…

    don’t you see how cute Lola looks with that pup?

  14. So cute! The housebreaking thing is hard but once they get past that it is pretty smooth sailing. They are a lot of work but worth it. I don’t know what to say to hubby but I think that you know how to handle that;-)

  15. oh crap
    just when I promised my kid a dog
    and just when we signed a lease that reads NO PETS
    must never show her this post

    but I will
    I am mean like that…

    that dog is stinkin cute

  16. Dear Bryan,
    Dogs are an incredible tool for teaching children responsibilty, plus you get puppy kisses.

  17. Dear Bryan,

    Rule #1 = When wife is happy…you are happy…
    Rule #2 = AFI = Awaiting Further Instructions…
    Rule 3 = Anything FRENCH is a given…

  18. Dear Bryan, my husband never wanted a dog. Cats were ok, but a dog was definitely out. I would take my boys to the shelter and phone to tell him that I had again found us “the perfect dog” always the answer was a big fat no! Well, about 6 years ago I was at our local Petco and they had one of the dog rescue groups outside and there is where I found Jake – THE PERFECT DOG! He was a terrier mix, 24 lbs, housebroken, etc, etc. I phoned up the hubby with my usual spiel and said he needed to get down here ASAP. We did adopt Jake and I still remember him in the kitchen that night asking why I had to torture him with a dog….well guess who now sleeps in our bed and because he has aged and has hip problems gets driven to the park every morning in the car by you know who! My husband loves Jake to death. Let your new puppy into your heart! Erin

  19. Dear Bryan – my husband can attest to the fact that this little pup-pup will melt your heart away! He adamantly did not want to adopt our little mutt, but now, they are best buds!

    Kasey – I recently met a french bulldog pup named Bat Man. I had never seen one in the flesh before! All I can say is….YOU HAVE TO GET THIS DOG!!!! Bat Man was awesome! Snorting, gallivanting around, and loving on everyone!!!

    I was jealous when you went to France. Now I’m REALLY jealous!!!


  20. dear Bryan,

    as you read through all of your comments you will come to the realization that you must wave the white flag. accept your defeat. you can not fight this. you will curse this dog and you will love her, but just know. she is already yours.



    ps looking forward to many more pictures of your newest addition. 🙂

  21. Dear Bryan,
    If you don’t keep this little angel sent straight from heaven you are a nutjob…and I say nutjob with all the respect I have for husbands who don’t like dog pee in a bed.
    Here’s your out Bryan…if you don’t want this adorable little baby you can send her on over my way. E-mail me and I will promptly send you my address.

    Now seriously….that dog is BEYOND!

  22. Dear Bryan~

    You could not possibly say “no” to that face, that belly, that preciousness. It would make you too cruel. Do you REALLY want to be remembered this way, Bryan? Really, what will the children say of you later? “We could have had all that but daddy…..well…..daddy just let it all go.”

    If this guilt was not sufficient, please put me on the list because I could NOT say NO! Not even to dog pee.

  23. Dear Bryan
    My dad said to me (slightly tongue in cheek) the important things in life are keeping the wife and children happy, therefore it is very simple – the irresistible Matilda is a must! It will do heeps for your street cred and when you are out walking Matilda (of course when on your terms) you will attract alot of feel-good attention that day and we all like that. Alternatively read all the comments above and it sounds like you don’t have much of a choice! hee hee

  24. Bryan doesn’t have a hope of not having this puppy……totally and utterly adorable, xv.

  25. i’m guessing you were just about to tell me all about matilda when my crisis evening talk had subsided. right?
    she’s too darn cute
    & maybe she’ll have a matilda jane doggie bed…how cute would that be.

  26. oh kasey, she is ssooooooo cute. we are a dog family here, so go for it. tell bryan it could be worse, you could have 3 BIG dogs. good luck. can’t wait to hear the real name.

  27. Dear Bryan,
    If you decide that Matilda cannot stay with your family, you must be crazy… no offense. If it turns out that you happen to be crazy, could you please pack up Matilda and send her to me, because my Brian (aka the Farmboy) really wants a Frenchie.

  28. Dear Bryan: You don’t have a prayer. My advice? Relent…

    Lou Cinda

  29. Dear Bryan… Have you ever heard the saying “if Mama ain’t happy, ain’t nobody happy”? If you haven’t already {fallen in love with that sweet puppyface}, let Kasey get the dog:)

  30. Dear Bryan, you always needed a best friend like Matilda.

    How CUTE! We just got a French Brittany Spaniel her name is Elise de la Savane Rouge, or ellie, or Cherry Cherry if you ask my daughter. And trust me …we love waking up to her little tee tee on the bed. My hubby is such a softy.

  31. Christie McGetrick says:

    What a great dog – very cute – she is the kind of dog we wanted to get for my son.

  32. Oh my Bryan! You lucky guy, you. A Frenchie! I’ve always, always, always wanted one, too. And you have to admit, this one is just the cutest little thing ever! And I do mean ever!

    P.S. Lola, I’ve been trying to get my man let me have another dog too, a Frenchie.
    Can you return the favor? Please address your comment to Rocky.

    P.P.S. She’s looks like such a Matilda.

  33. Dear Bryan….this is why your family needs a Frenchie… first off ~ she is the cutest darn thing I have seen since we picked out our little Miss Molly!! She will give you unconditional love ~ force you to exercise…aka walking her and chasing her around the yard not to mention the squats you will do while cleaning up poop and pee!! Plus ~ every child needs a pet and I am not talking a goldfish….. plus plus ~ they do call a dog man’s best friend!!

    Good luck Kasey ~ I am rooting for you here.

  34. OMG! too cute! I say yes! whats a little dog pee , dog hair, and all the etc. etc.

  35. OMG OMG OMG! You got a FRENCHIE!!!!!!! Ok, seriously, these are the most PERFECT dogs on the planet…and if Bryan is skeptical, he won’t be for long!

    Every frenchie deserves to sleep in bed – they LOVE it and are snuggle bugs….they are lazily delicious and always want to be around you…love to touch, on the couch, sitting by your foot, following you through the house. Ours loves baby carrots (and all veggies really) as a treat and especially loves ice cubes on a hot day. OH AND THE HOSE – not sure if this is all frenchies, but he goes bananas for the hose (not a pool, definitely not a bath, but the hose? HEAVEN).

    Seriously, your frenchie will looooove you…they are hands-down the best breed on the planet….they are SO sensitive to our feelings and she will always be there for you with those big eyes and cute smooshed nose.

    I just know you’ll fall in love a million times over!

    frenchie owner since 2003

  36. Almost forgot….to keep with True French Tradition, you should name her by the letter of the year. E was last year so we went with Elise. This year 2010 is F, so Frankie, Francesca, Fiona, Fefee, …just since I see you love all things French like Moi.

  37. OMGeeee…your little girl is a SPITTING image for my “Tonka”.
    We LOVE…love…LOVE our frenchie. They have the best personalities.

  38. Christy says:

    My niece has one & she adores her little one. They are so stinkin cute!

    Dear Bryan, If you know what is good for you, you will let your wife & darling children keep this sweet little, adorable doggie! 🙂

  39. my goodness – that is the ultimate in cuteness! I need one!

  40. Sweetness! We want an english bulldog SO badly, but they are just SO pricey, and you know, since we live in an apt., it’s probably just not the best time….but it doesn’t make me want one any less! She’s precious!

  41. Lorelei Lane says:

    Dear Bryan,
    Love is all you need (puppy love, that is!)….

  42. Dear Bryan, Let your sweet wife and darling kids keep the frenchie…because if you don’t…you might end up in the doghouse.

    Good luck Kasey!

  43. Oh how I adore Frenchies! She is fabulous!!

  44. I couldn’t imagine my life with out my “fur child” I am so sorry that we waiting as a family to get a dog when our daughter was in 7th grade – I wish we would have gotten one when the kids were much younger, our “fur child” added so much to our kids awareness of compassion, patience and unconditional love.
    That French Bulldog couldn’t be any more precious.

  45. dear bryan,

    how can you resist?! that would be heartless… just look at that face! (she is so so so so adorable.)

  46. Busymom says:

    When we got our goldendoodle i left town and mcsweetie said, “Do not come back with a puppy!!” I emailed him 2 pics of the puppies we liked the best… He caved. She was too cute. About a month later she chewed up my glasses. McSweetie saw her with something metal in her mouth. Oh well, he said, Guess you need to go buy a new pair of glasses. {He never even once thought of fussing at the dog}… Sometimes i’m afaid he loves her more than me! But our life would not be the same without her… So, BRIAN, I think you have a new housemate!! And she will love you FOREVER!!!

  47. Bryan,
    Your family needs a dog just because that is what all families need. They are the best friend your children will ever have. They love you unconditionally, are constant companions, are man’s best friend and your family truly needs one (and she is cute as a button).
    Good luck Kasey I am pulling for you. When our cat dies the kids want a dog desperately I will be coming to you for advice on how to change the man of the house’s mind 😉


  48. OH MY GOSH!!! I just want to snuggle him up right this second! He has the sweetest little eyes!

    xoxo, Meredith

  49. Jennifer says:

    Welcome to the world of dogs that eat the your world and make your house smell like a littler box – stop by and meet Autumn and you’ll understand, Hugs and adore your photos…..and your posts, and your creativity! Jennifer jennsthreegraces

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