Friday, April 22, 2011

Our Family is Growing by Leaps and Bounds!

When we lost Hank, I really didn't think another dog would be able to steal my heart so completely. Dennis talked about wanting to get a puppy that was born after Hank died because he felt that dog would have Hank's spirit, so he started looking. A call to some recommended breeders in Fallon turned up a woman with a litter of  eleven Border Collies born two days after we put Hank down.

We made a trip to Fallon when they were five weeks old and this little guy chose us.

On the left is Cash as at 6 weeks; above he's 8 weeks old.

In the meantime, I had been checking rescue sites wanting to give a "disadvantaged" BC a good home. I saw this little one, Dash, filled out the adoption application and sent it in. I received a return e-mail that Dash had already been adopted. Then, three days before we were to pick up the puppy, Dash was back on the available list. Several e-mails later, we decided we were meant to have him and drove to Gilroy to pick him up. His foster mom brought him into PetSmart in a shopping cart--it was just too cute. He has a bit of Airedale in him. Notice the beard?

He was so insecure when we got him, it just tugged at my heartstrings. I sat in the back with him the first leg of our trip home with him sitting as close to me as he could get; then he sat in the back with Chloe for about an hour until he just couldn't stand being away from me and came up and sat on my lap the rest of the drive. Since then, he's made it very clear that he's going to be my dog.

We picked up the puppy the day after picking up Dash. Those two are inseparable now and play constantly...its really cute. Although the puppy is quite a bit smaller, he really holds his own. Dash is slowly learning to trust and next week he starts obedience training. That will be interesting!


  1. Congratulations on the new additions to your family! Such cute boys. Dash looks like he is going to be the center of attention. I can see why you fell in love with him. We adopted our 3rd rescue in December. Went to the shelter to buy nylabones, and came out with 4 extra legs! Happy Easter.

  2. Wow...hope there was a body attached to those legs! :0) We're really enjoying both boys; can't say the same for our 12 year old BC. She thinks we've lost our minds!!

  3. AWWWWW just love Border Collie puppies! Congratulations! Don't worry, Chloe will come around!

  4. wow two new dogs at the same time. Have fun with them. Love the animal posts.

  5. Oh, you know how much I love dogs, so I couldn't be happier for you and Dennis. when my Rotti died I thought I would never want to go through that again, but knowing I couldn't have the void of not loving another dog I quickly realized I needed to get another puppy, just not another Rotti as I knew it wouldn't be fair to the dog or myself to many expectations.. now honestly, I can tell you I still miss my Rotti, but I love my Greater Swiss more than I thought possible.
    You can never forget a love like your Hank, but you have a huge heart and both these dogs will love you as much as you love them. I KNOW it!!!!
    We should start checking on hotels for MQX, any suggestions???


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