Life has been full of excitement and adventure this past weekend. On a whim we visited the Humane Society and found a dog we fell for. Interestingly enough, the Humane Society is a place I can walk into time and time again and walk away from quite easily. But this time it was different. We've been looking to get a dog, but wavering between a labradoodle (for the hypo allergenic fur) or finding a rescue. The rescue option in the past has been a bit frustrating. My daughters' safety is at the top of our list, so a rescue would have to be a great dog. The Humane Society does a battery of testing including personality testing to give families insight into the dog being a fit for their family.
All the dogs at the Humane Society bark and jump up, but Buddy was just sitting there. I could see the kindness in the wag of his tail and a little lean in to the metal bars of the kennel, his soft gentle eyes glanced up at me. Adorable, my heart was melting. I haven't really felt that way at the HS after losing Guinness, sure i've seen sweet dogs, but not like Buddy.
Buddy is very reminiscent of our first dog, a black lab adopted at the same Humane Society. Guinness brought joy to us for 12 years, before passing away on July 15, 2005. We met buddy July 18. Buddy is eight months old, so was Guinness when we adopted him. There are lots of similarities in personality and appearances, so it just feels right to us to welcome Buddy in our home.
Now Buddy is home and we decided to change his name to MILO.
Milo has an incredibly sweet and gentle nature to him. He sniffs at other dogs, hasn't shown aggression with other dogs or cats. He lets us grab his paws when he's laying down, we tugged and prodded at him. He likes being accompanied outside in our fenced yard to go to the bathroom (yeah working on that one). He's starting to come out of his shell a bit. We were up once at 3:30 to let him go to the bathroom. Being a rescue I can see he needs some structure as far as potty training, feeding, etc but can tell he will quickly respond. Best of all our girls are thrilled. Anyone with children and no pets in the home, more than likely knows the daily constant questioning about getting a pet. Finally we got a pet.
It's very odd to have a doggie in our presence again, after four years. But I can tell this guy is a keeper.