I had every intention of posting this on New Year’s Day. However, a week has gone by and we are freezing around here and buried in snow and well, I got distracted. I had resolved to resume blogging in 2014, I realize I’m not off to the best of starts. However, it’s only been a week so there is still time to turn that around. I figure there isn’t much better to do on a day where the temperature is -10 degrees F, a wind chill of -30 and about 18 inches of snow on the ground than get that resolution going.
A lot has happened since I last posted and I’m sure gradually I’ll get it all filled in but for now, I’ll talk about recent events. I’m sure this post will turn out to be a bit rambly and disjointed but I’ll get there eventually.
First things first. We added a new member to our family about two weeks before Christmas.
This is Flint. He is a two year old Rhodesian Ridgeback. The story of how we came by Flint is quite cool and shows me that that he was definitely meant to be.
It all started before Thanksgiving. We had been talking about getting a dog since the summer but for whatever reason I had been slow to contact the breeder I had gotten Riley from all those years ago. I think on some level I was feeling wishy-washy about adding a puppy on top of our already hectic schedule. I knew that I’d be the one doing most of the training and it felt a bit daunting, so as much as I wanted another dog and as much as I wanted a puppy, I was dragging my feet. We’d talked about rescuing a Ridgeback but nothing worked out.
In school, Mini Me had to write a letter to someone telling them why they were thankful for them. This was her letter:
You’ve been with me my whole life. You’ve supported me and loved me my whole life. You are the best dog ever.
You supported me when mommy was in the hospital with blood clots in her lungs. I really missed her. We sat on the couch and snuggled together. I will never forget that time. The only good thing about mommy having blood clots is snuggling with you on the couch. I loved that time.
I remembered when mom told me about you. Riley snuggled mom’s stomach when I was in her. You could not stop licking me when I came home. I first called you ‘puppy’ and then Riley. I love you a lot.
It had both the Geek and I in tears and we looked at each other said, “It’s time to get a puppy.”
So, the next day I sat down and I emailed the breeder. They had moved to Florida last year but they were so great and I loved their dogs so much that I was willing to take a road trip to Florida for a puppy when one was available. So, I sent off the email asking what their breeding schedule was looking like and if we could get on the list for a puppy.
I didn’t expect to hear anything back right away. It was the day before Thanksgiving after all. But to my surprise, I did. She told me that they were taking a break from breeding for awhile and had no litters planned for 2014. My heart sank. But I kept reading. She told me the name of a breeder her in Michigan that she knew and trusted and mentioned that they had a two-year old male they were looking to place. She said he had a great temperament but he wasn’t as good as his brother for a show/breeding perspective. She gave me this breeder’s contact information and passed my information along to her. I replied right away saying we were definitely interested in the older dog and would love to meet him. But it was Thanksgiving and I knew we’d have to wait.
Thanksgiving Day I managed to get distracted by doing a Turkey Trot with Mini Me that morning.
It was so cold and we couldn’t feel our feet through most of it but we did it and it was distracting from wanting to hear back about potentially meeting a new dog.
It just so happened that Thanksgiving weekend there was a dog show nearby. Since we had all the kids we decided we’d go to the dog show and maybe this breeder would be there. It turned out she was. Another breeder was talking my ear off, trying to sell me one of their puppies, and happened to mention Marie’s name. Now, I knew who I had to talk to. So I approached her and introduced myself. She talked to all of us and we all really liked her and decided to set up a time to go and meet Flint.
I think we all agreed that the time could not pass fast enough. Fortunately, having the recommendation of our previous breeder meant that a lot of the screening process legitimate breeders go through was eliminated. Riley’s breeder was a mentor to Marie so she felt confident that if we had one of their dogs, we would be a great home. That was a relief. We went down and met Flint and loved him and he took to us really well and we brought him home that same day.
I’m extremely excited for a new running partner. We’ve been able to go out on a couple of runs but shortly after Flint came home we got hit by a huge ice storm, which while beautiful,
was also pretty destructive.
So far, Flint has been the perfect fit for our family. He is calm, yet playful. Quite, sweet and everything we could ever have asked for. He handled Christmas really well and even tolerated being a part of a family photo.
The addition of Flint to the family was the perfect way to wrap up a less than wonderful 2013. I’m definitely looking forward to 2014 with a great dog and a great family.