there was a retriever-sized hole blasted into our hearts last week, and we stuffed it with a puppy. i have always said that the only cure for the dead dog blues is puppy shopping, and this weekend i put my money where my mouth is.
like the griswold's pilgrimage to see a moose, on friday we took a pilgrimage 7 hours in each direction to ohio to see a puppy.
kevin grew up with a black lab female - night - and he really wanted another one of those. i grew up with crappy rabbits and really just wanted another lab - any gender any color.
after some sleuthing, we found her online, decided we are crazy but who cares, and set off to bring her home.
she is black, she is 8 weeks old, and she is bred to be mellow. her mother, princess, looks just like nacho with teats. her father, bear, is a sweet, calm, waggily boy. we met them both and wanted to take them home with us, too. awesome dogs.
|sugarhoney and her mama princess|
the clincher was she was born on june 6 - nachodoggy's exact birthday! i mean really.
|sugarhoney in the heartland|
here we are at a truckstop where she had a drink out of nacho's fiesta bowl.
for all 7 hours, she slept quietly on my foot. at this point, she almost had her name changed to slippers.
when we got home, the introduction went well, and pouncey and eli were cordial, though not yet snuggly. pouncey finds this exciting.
i am not sure if she is a dog, or a bear cub. what kind of animal is this?
she was not afraid of the river, and jumped in the middle of the rapids. and sunk! kevin was right there, and she scrambled to the side just fine.
it has only been 2 days, but we are head over heels for this pup. we have a long way to go with house training, crate training, and chewing, but we can already tell she is calm and smart and she has a heart of gold!
nothing could ever replace nachodoggy, but it feels like some sweetness and light has returned to the house and harmonious balance is restored. aaaaahhhh!
|with a name like sugarhoney, she has to be sweet|