Sunday, March 09, 2008

A Good Dog Day

It only seemed appropriate, the day that we got a new dog, that we bury the ashes of our Maggie, who passed away in May. Maggie’s official name was “Magnolia Joy”, so we chose a yellow Butterfly Magnolia tree for our garden, and placed her ashes around it after it went into the ground. Maggie was the most joyful, happy dog I’ve ever known, and she’ll always be with us.

Our new dog, Shaela, arrived this morning. It was one of those rare serendipitous synchronicities that brought her to us. Shaela’s former family moved away, and she would have needed to be quarantined in order to move with them, which the owner was unwilling to do. They found a temporary foster family with a friend of a friend of mine. We crossed paths last week, and my friend told me of the boxer that needed a home.

Doug & I have been talking dogs for the last few months, and we had narrowed our preferences down to either boxer or sheltie. It’s true that these dogs are quite far from each other in terms of character, but these are breeds that we like and that we think will fit into our lifestyle. We don’t need a dog to shepherd. Our little flock members are practically housepets. (Although they don’t “come” when they’re called, they are pretty easy to get where we need them to be - food works best.) What we needed is more a companion dog, large enough not to be attacked by nearby eagles, hawks, or owls. I think we’ll be happy with our choice.

So far, we’ve taken Shaela to Petco for supplies. She was well-behaved, and interacted positively with adults & kids, and other dogs, too. She seems very aware & responsive to us. We’ll be taking her in for vet checkup soon, & she’ll be getting spayed (looks like she recently had puppies). Wish us luck!

Sorry no photos, folks, but blogger seems to be having issues right now.


Blogger Tina T-P said...

Oh, you got her - looking forward to seeing pictures :-)

I guess I hadn't heard the "whole" barn story - what a rip off!

See you next Saturday. T.

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Blogger Dorothy said...

Congratulations on the new addition. Our new little puppy is named Maggie - I hope she will be as joyous and happy as your Maggie was. So far she certainly is!

6:30 AM  

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