Tuesday, February 21, 2012

"Winter, a lingering season, is a time to gather golden moments, embark upon a sentimental journey, and enjoy every idle hour. " - John Boswell

I love today's quote. I like the idea of gathering golden moments and sentimental journeys. And I certainly have had my share of idle hours, well, sort of idle. Our household will soon be a lot less idle as our pack is adding a new member. Our first girl - Laika.
The only photo we have of our girl.
My husband and I looked into adopting a retired military working dog almost two years ago. Living in Texas, we are about six hours away from Lackland Airforce Base where they have a MWD program that includes placing retired dogs who need good homes to live out their golden years. Our names were put on a list; yesterday, we got the final word that we can go to the base and get Laika next week. Hubby will be taking a long weekend so that we can combine our pack, hopefully with very few hiccups.
We're not really sure what to expect bringing a new, but older dog into our home where Chief has been our only pet. He has the focus of our love, attention, activity for the past four years. I'm not worried or nervous but anxious about Chief sharing his home and his people. I pray there is no jealousy or possessiveness.
A little about Laika - she is nine years old and also a Malinios. We know she gets along with other dogs and has basic obedience training. As for her role in the military, we just don't know yet. More on that to come. My understanding is she should come with a ranking, plaque and official papers as well as any medals and awards she may have earned.

All that aside, I just want to smother her with love. I want her to know she will always be safe and have love and attention from a stable pack. Throw in a healthy dose of fun and companionship so all of our lives will be richer. I love her already.

1 comment:

The Single Nester said...

Thank you for your kind comment about my Artichoke Soup. You made my Friday!