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First week of the series of #ThortheNewfieLab
Earlier this year we lost my beloved dog Baloo. We had him from a 4 month old puppy until he passed away at the age of 11. CA, my mum, and I already knew that we wanted to get another dog, but we needed to wait until after the wedding. We wouldn’t have the time or patience to take care of a new puppy. After the wedding, and getting home from our honeymoon, we started searching for “our” perfect dog. We wanted a Newfoundland/Black Lab mix because that is what our previous dogs were. This would make the transition easier as we know the demeanor and potential size. We also wanted to rescue a puppy. Since there are so many dogs who end up in shelters from over breeding, and/or when the owners no longer can take care of them, I didn’t think it would be hard to find our newest family member.
We searched from about May (yes, before the wedding LOL) until end of June with no luck. Either the dogs weren’t what we were looking for or they were already adopted. After going to CA’s uncle’s house for a party and hanging out with their two puppies and one older dog, I kicked the search into high gear. I logged onto petfinder.com, which is where I found Baloo, and tada! I found a litter of 10 different puppies that were all 10 weeks old. They were from an unwanted litter in Alabama that was sent to Logan’s Heroes in PA. I double-checked with CA & my mum about the go ahead putting in the paperwork to adopt a new puppy and got two thumbs up and an enthusiastic “yes!” from my mum.
I filled out the paperwork and e-mailed Logan’s Heroes to let them know I was extremely interested in the puppy. I asked how long it would take to get an answer. She let me know that there was plenty of interest in the Newfie/Lab puppies (boo) and she’d let us know that week (yay). By Wednesday, July 13, we had approval from our Vet, and our references, meaning we moved onto the phone interview! She called me late Thursday night, asking about the family, where the puppy would be sleeping, and other necessary questions. We made our appointment to meet the puppy we chose (Juan), and if we matched we got to adopt him!
Picking up the puppy day! We left New York around 11am, stopped for a bite to eat, seeing we would’ve been over an hour early, and then got back on the road (again). After a little confusion with the number of the house, we walked in, greeted by two gorgeous German Shepard mixes, and a cute little puppy. I’ll probably sound like a psycho dog mom at this moment, but I am a proud dog mom so it’s fine. When Claudette (the woman from Logan’s Heroes) handed me Thor (aka Juan) I wanted to cry. He was so fluffy, soft, cuddly, and was giving me kisses. Before filling out paperwork we took him outside so he could go to the bathroom and run around with us and the foster dogs. He was so good! CA & my mum took turns holding him, and CA grabbed his brand new leash & collar from my car.
After filling out paperwork, Thor (aka Juan) became officially ours! We snapped a picture and we were off. CA drove home so Thor was in the front seat with me. He laid down, had a few sighs of content, and he slept for about 2 hours. Then he transferred into the back seat with my mum and laid down some more. Thor met my side of the family and CA’s parents before we headed home, showed him the lay of the land, and fed him. Thor settled into his little area of the bedroom and fell asleep for a few hours before waking up in the middle of the night to go out.
It’s been a whirlwind of memories; we’re on a huge learning curve with a now three month old puppy. Make sure you stay tuned for “The Adventures of Thor” series that will be on the blog every Thursday!