Arley Campbell

We talked about it for months. Maybe years.

We dreamed of seeing a certain boy with his dog.

According to Chris, there is no ‘good time’ to have kids and no ‘good time’ to get a dog. You just do it and love that you did.

So last weekend we just did it.

And we love that we did.

Introducing Arley Campbell. She’s a beagle that joins a family of 3 brothers, 2 sisters, a cat, a fish, 12 hens and 1 rooster. She’s won us over.

I had to do it…9.14arley-059.14arley-06She loves the kids. When they leave the room or walk away from her outside, she cries for them. It’s pretty fun watching them all take on different roles with her. Our 8 year old has told us about 5 times each day, “I keep thinking I’m dreaming, but I’m not. I have a dog!” His joy is contagious.

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  • Karen Choat - Here I thought your blog telling the stories of your lives could not possibly get any sweeter. Love when a puppy gets a kid or five.

  • Bonnie - Since our old dog passed a while ago, I’ve been going back and forth in my head about whether or not we’ll get another dog, and when. I think this is just what I needed. Goodness, could she be any cuter?!

  • Sandy C - I imagine Arley feels the same way when she wakes up to 5 faces all ready to love & play with her!

  • Sarah - What a great new addition to your growing bunch! Simply wonderful!

  • Sarah - Cute!

  • Erika - One of the very best decisions you will ever make! Kids + dogs= HAPPY! Love your blog and your outlook on life. Arley is adorable. Enjoy!

  • dana - aside from your precious children and that adorable new puppy…that sunlight in your yard is amazing! congrats on the new addition!

  • Josefine - Oh, she’s adorable! We just got a 5 month old Icelandic sheepdog 3 weeks ago! My motto is something like (translating as we go along) Everything is just the way it’s supposed to be <3 /Josefine, mother of 2 from Sweden/in Denmark

  • Renee Johnson - Oh so sweet! What a darling little puppy πŸ™‚ I’m sure he will fit right in with your rambunctious crowd!

  • amy jupin - love this.
    every last bit.
    arley is a blessed little puppers.

  • Elena - I allways wanted a dog. Always!. Now, with two daugthers, we have decided that NOW it’s the moment. I agree with your husband, never it’s a good moment to have a dog, or a child… But… Maybe it’ll be the best!!!
    I’m looking for solutions for the wooden floor, My house won’t be so beauty, but… I think this is the best present for us as a family. Thanks for your inspired post!

  • Jessamy - Um, seriously, the cutest puppy ever. Adorable! Congratulations! What awesome memories your kiddos are about to make!

  • Romy - I’m so happy for you!!! Dogs are the best thing in the world!

  • Izzy - Wow she is just too cute! I feel like I need to give her a hug!

  • Sara Huber - I have a feeling beagle breeders are going to get a few more phone calls over the next few days…she is crazy-adorable!!!

  • Jody - The other night my kids and I were talking about what heaven must feel like – I told them my guess was to imagine their happiest moment on earth when they felt the most happy & loved – that that was a small taste of what heaven must feel like. My oldest son then said “my moment is when we got our lily” (our 3 year old golden).

    Your kids happy memories have just increased tenfold!

    Enjoy that puppy!!!!!

  • Lori - love this so much! such a cute little pup! can’t wait to see arley make more appearances in your posts πŸ™‚

  • Debbie - Adorable!

  • Laura Sudderth - Oh, this truly made my morning. Nothing better than your first dog as a kid! Awesome. She is so cute and tiny.

  • Addie - So cute!

  • Sarah - Oh my gosh she is so cute! My husband would love for us to get a beagle, but we live in an apartment and he is going to school, so it’s just not realistic right now. But like Chris said, there is never a good time. The scale picture was precious!

  • Laura J - This is going to be good! We got a very sweet rescue dog we named Toby a little over a month ago. I am hoping for some iphone dog photography tips. When I try to get closer to snap a photo, he leaps up and gets too close. My photos are blurry and mostly of his nose! We love him and he has been a great addition to the family.

  • Kristin - So sweet! Congratulations!

  • Liz - golly, she’s adorable. enjoy her sweetness.

  • Catherine - We got a dog I really didn’t want and didn’t feel ready for but what a blessing he is. I have gone from full on dog apathy to loving his squishy furry little face like he is one of my children almost! Ah, they have a way of getting into your heart. I love how excited your son is. My daughter nearly fainted with happiness each day after we got ours (she had been asking/campaigning for a dog for YEARS).

  • Michelle Hill - ohhh my goodness!! she is too stinkin’ cute!! Enjoy every second of her πŸ™‚

  • Sarah - So cute! I love the scale pictures. : )

  • Cassie - These photos are adorable! Yes! There’s never a convenient time to get a dog and they are so much work but SO worth it! Great choice! And she is a cutie!!

  • Jeannine - She’s beautiful! Congratulations on your new addition πŸ˜€

  • Chris - Awww. Dogs are the best. She’s a little cutie. Congrats on your new addition. You won’t regret it. They are so loving and lovable.

  • Julie - Oh, she’s so cute and tiny! Puppies are awesome.

    I’m so happy for your 8-year-old & the rest of you. πŸ™‚

  • Lucia - OK, long-time beagle owner here. You know about beagles, right? They are…well, the word that gets tossed around is “independent”…as in, they make their own decisions. As in, their IQ will sky-rocket if treats are available. Otherwise, they will take your command into consideration, but they may have their own ideas! Seriously, not the easiest to train. But they ARE little love-buckets, and so gentle with children. Congratulations to your crew, and to Arley, surely the luckiest dog on earth. πŸ™‚

  • Susan - Congratulations! You will not believe the joy this little addition will add to the family dynamic! We have a beagle named Jethro and a Jack Russell named Scruffy! The grandkids absolutely light up when they see them. Enjoy!

  • LisaAnn - Lucky boy! Lucky dog! Your ‘no good time’ comment makes me smile. That’s what we keep saying, maybe we’ll just get one too. So fun.

  • Paige - Ridiculously adorable!

  • Kassondra - We have a min pin but I am also trying to talk my husband into a bigger bread for the kids for Christmas. Hopefully I get my way! πŸ˜‰

  • Julie - I love when kids’ dreams come true! Yay!

  • LM - What a lucky puppy to be welcomed into your family! She sure looks sweet and like she fits right in already.

  • kimberly oyler - “ohhh stoppp!!!!” – the words that came out of my mouth when i saw that first scale picture. i don’t even like dogs and i just want to snuggle her right up!

  • Jenny - Congratulations! She is adorable.

  • RaD - Beagles are cute, loving and great family dogs. Just be warned… they are notorious for running away. Ask me how I know.

    Enjoy your new family member and watch her carefully as she gets older. You’ve been warned, LOL!

  • Melissa - We have 2 tri colored and they are getting old now so are sorta slowing down (12 and 9)but that nose can still get them into a heap of trouble (cat food, cat box – ick – garbage) We thought we were outsmarting Miss Kaylee and bought a rather expensive trash can which she figured out in less than 2 hours. She also has figured out the gate to the chicken side of the yard everytime we have come up with a new way of keeping her out – both of them LOVE raw chicken eggs and help themselves if they have the opportunity. TRAIN, TRAIN, TRAIN – beagles are stubborn and their nose distracts them constantly so it can sometimes take a bit longer but they can be trained. And introduce her to the chickens with her on a leash – she makes a move towards them, correct her. Mine are completely trustworthy with any poultry – however, if one of our rabbits gets loose, all bets are off. ENJOY!! They may be work but I have never seen a mean beagle and they are wonderful for kids!!

  • Diana - Oh my goodness. I am not a dog person, or an animal person really, but that is one adorable puppy. Enjoy!

  • Megan - Oh my word!!! She’s adorable!!!! Just when I thought your family couldn’t possibly get any cuter. πŸ™‚ We have a beagle and a beagle mix so beagles really have my heart. With all that room to run and play … what a lucky dog!!

  • Jenn - I think she is the cutes thing ever. makes me rething wanting a dog…..I mean no I don’t…….yes I do. πŸ˜‰

  • Stephanie - I enjoy reading your blog, this is my first comment! Congrats on your adorable puppy! I never had a dog growing up. My teenage sons wanted a dog and were asking for a long time, it seemed like everyday one of their friends posted on social media photos of their new dog. Thoughts and feelings of guilt about my sons growing up and not having the experience of having a family pet bothered me – I didn’t want to look back and have that regret, just because it may be β€œhard”. I guess I never really said β€œYes” but we did it, and I am so happy we did! We wanted/needed a non-shedding, β€œhypoallergenic” dog, so we found a breeder and purchased an Australian Labradoodle puppy. We have fallen in love! Now that she is potty trained things are easier. She is also crate trained and does not have complete access to the house. The boys look forward to coming home to see her after school. They have been active participants in her care from the very beginning, I did not want this to become an argument of β€œtake her out – this is your dog, you wanted a dog so help out” and it hasn’t. I am so proud of our family all pitching in to care for the puppy. It is nice to have something we all focus on taking care of, playing with and enjoying. She is a great addition to our family and I am so happy we did it! Best of luck to you with your new dog!

  • Kelleyn - Adorable!

  • Sudeshna - I read your blog for last two years and I was wondering for a long time why dont u have any dog!! for me also i feel a family is really incomplete without a dog πŸ™‚

  • Tanya - I love this!!!! Congratulations!!!! Great choice on a beagle. We have two! I can’t wait to watch for picture of that little cutie being devoured with love by your family. Every kids needs a dog! ????

  • Joe - I grew up with dogs and now my kids are. I love seeing kids with their pets but dogs seem extra special. There’s just something wonderful about watching my son romp through our yard with our dog, Molly.

  • Libbe - Total cuteness! And now you get to practice your dog photography skills (and we get to watch! πŸ™‚

  • Tanya - My comment should not have ?? after it, not sure what that is. Anyway, congrats again — so exciting!

  • Maureen - Our 3 are all in college right now and the thing they miss the most above all else is our dog!!!! True love. The youngest is a freshman and has us take pictures of the pooch and text him.

  • Carmen - too too cute!! I love the photo on the scales. We have wondered about getting a beagle (as in my husband is desperate, and I am holding back), so I will watch with interest your journey.

  • Ruthanne - We had a beagle, who lived to be 14 years old. She was the sweetest dog! We all loved her. They do tend to “wander” a bit, when they put their nose to the ground – it is the hound dog in them. But, she was such a people dog! I still miss that dog …! Beagle puppies have the cutest faces – they look like they are wearing eyeliner! Enjoy her!

  • Lisa - Oh, mercy. I love beagles. My grandparents had two different beagles during my childhood and they are etched in my mind as the perfect dog. Lucky Campbells! Lucky Arley!

  • Sam F. - Oh my goodness, this post makes me so happy! Little Arley is adorable beyond words and to hear how happy it makes your kids and how little Arley just loves your kids too…So good! Thanks for sharing this sweetness!

  • Shana - The picture on the scale is so cute and then as she jumps down – love it!!

  • brittony - no good time and no bad time!

  • Heidi Jo the Artist - We just saw two cute beagle puppies while camping around a week ago. They are adorable!

  • Melissa - Oh my goodness this dog is absolutely beautiful! The perfect addition to your family!

  • Stephanie - When my husband and I moved so I could go to school, we adopted two dogs from the rescue facility I volunteered at before we left. One of those dogs, Lily, passed away 3 1/2 years ago, after we’d had her for 12 years. The second, Sadie passed away last fall just before Thanksgiving at the age of 15. We’d gotten another dog about 6 months after Lily passed, and with Sadie’s passing I wanted to wait awhile as well.

    I didn’t want to adopt a dog in winter. I didn’t want to deal with a puppy again. I loved my short-haired dogs. Then, good friends of ours were moving away, and due to housing in their new town they could only take 2 of their 3 dogs. Did we want to take Storm in?

    Sadie had passed only two months prior. It was January. She was a puppy. She had long fur. Nothing was the way I’d envisioned it. They brought her up to meet us, and my kids were instantly smitten. I still wasn’t sure, but we said we’d give it the weekend. 6 months later, and she and my daughter are inseparable. She calls her “Sweets”. My sons showers her with attention. It was the best decision we ever made.