Monday, October 12, 2015

Because We're Suckers

Suckers for an animal in need. For a puppy with a cute little face.

Friday I stopped at the shelter on my way home from work. I heard they were over full and it's a kill shelter. I figured it couldn't hurt to see if there was a dog there that fit our family. There were 3 or 4 actually and I called my person and told him to meet me there on his way home from work. I'd go home and get Roader.


We saw 3 dogs that were okay. The one I really liked. She was a shepherd/doby mix and super cute. But Roader didn't like her. Deal breaker. The one I wasn't so sure I wanted was the one my person really liked and the only one Roader didn't try to snarl or bite. Clinch the deal.

9-ish month old lab-border collie mix
Took us 2 days to name her. Mona. And she has kennel cough and a secondary infection, respiratory. But we went to the vet today and got meds for all that. Training classes started this week but I won't be able to take her until next week when the meds have kicked in. Not that I need training class to train her. But it's really good socialization for her.

seriously? a new furball?
She is a bit nervous, a velcro dog with some separation anxiety and she needs to learn to be alone without freaking out. But she's already getting there. She really likes Roader. And she's SUPER smart. Never have a I taught a dog so many thing in 3 days. She's going to be one of those dogs that do all the cool tricks and agility and catches frisbies all over the place. I'm really attached already.

that was a NICE bed too.....
I've had a couple people suggest maybe it was too soon for us to get another dog. But there are totally legit reasons. We have a spot in our home and there are many dogs needing a home. Roader needs a friend. This gives me 6 whole months to put training on her before the baby comes. And this is just my way of working through the grief from Ranger. I was talking to my old boss about it (she's a dog trainer) and she said she totally understands. That's how she deals too after losing a dog.

I won't lie though. When I pulled into the vet's today, exactly 1 week from when we lost Ranger, I lost it. Broke down in the parking lot. But Mona and Roader are helping me through this.


  1. She looks like she got all the cute genes from the lab/border collie mix. My mom has the same cross she got from a shelter five or six years ago and he is seriously the most mashed up mix of body parts ever.

  2. Aw she's so cute! I love a happy faced black dog :)

  3. She looks like she is terribly smart and will keep you on your toes. But also terribly adorable!

  4. yay congrats - she's adorable! and fwiw, i tend to think it's almost never too early for adopting a new pet. it's not a replacement, ya know? it doesn't somehow dishonor the memory of former pets. pets make us happy, and by adopting them we are making them happy. so if you feel ready, what's to stop you?

  5. She is such a cutie! congrats on the adorable new pup :)