Nichole had her psychiatrist appoint thurs afternoon. All that morning Nichole was still hounding me over getting the puppy. (she'd already told the woman that she'd take her) I gave her the official "no". Told psychiatrist what had been going on, how I've been seeing the mood swings and manic behavior. I explained how I didn't think it was bad yet, but I knew Nichole was headed that way and asked about a medication tweak. The subject turned to this d amn puppy thing. (mentioned as an example of her manic behavior and the mood swings both) psychiatrist starts making a "deal" with Nichole. And I think Uh Oh. psychiatrist gets into all the care a pup requires, yadda yadda. Nichole knows all of this, we have 3 dogs already. psychiatrist gets into how college will be a stressful and busy time yadda yadda. been there done that And then strikes up a bargain with Nichole. She was supposed to put off all thoughts of a pup til Sept after fall quarter starts and she sees how her full time schedule will be. Of course Nichole is super cooperative. You don't make deals with Nichole. It doesn't work. Never has, never will. It's just yes or no, black or white. Period. Not 5 mins out of psychiatrist's office and Nichole is begging for the puppy again. From thurs til last night I've been refusing to argue or discuss it. The answer is still a firm NO. I come home from clinicals today. Nichole and husband are on the front porch. I knew something was up, and guessed what it was. Yep, guess who's here??? THE PUP! Nichole tried to tell the lady she wasn't allowed to have the pup. The lady told Nichole that pups in the litter that didn't find homes were being put to sleep Mon morning. The pup Nichole wanted is the only one that "found" a home. When Nichole saw the pup there was no way she could refuse. Pup is malnurished and very thin. I made it clear this puppy isn't staying. In the meantime she is Nichole sole responsibility, she will go everywhere Nichole does. Nichole will be posting the pup on several adoption sites with some good cute pics. In the meantime Nichole will be working on housetraining and fattening her up. Because she brought the pup home, Nichole has to clean the entire house spotless. Since the house is a disaster because I got behind with finals and now clinicals, it's going to be a particularly disgusting chore. In the pup's defense......She's cute as a button, and one of the sweetest pups I've seen. She's a Brittany Spaniel/beagle mix (small beagle). She'll make someone a great family dog. Doesn't take much to see why they were having so much trouble getting rid of the litter. The pup is 4 months old and hasn't been socialized hardly at all, or trained at all. So that will be another area Nichole will be working on til pup finds a home. Fortunately, we've never had trouble finding good homes. Another plus, Nichole is in full agreement about just fostering the pup. At least til the next manic phase.