|If you're wondering where the name came from, it's because it looks like she's wearing a mask. Like Zorro. But girlified.|
That would be Zorra, our newest addition. Taking our family from 3.5 to 4.5.
Since this move surprised pretty much everyone, let's back the bus up and explain what's gone on ;)
Unbeknownst to anyone but us, over the last month or so Anthony and I started considering adopting another dog. I fully admit that I had to be convinced...not because I didn't want another dog, but because Token is my baby. My heart and soul. I named my bike after him! Just looking at him I started to feel guilty about even thinking about getting another dog...I didn't want him to think I was betraying him or didn't love him with every bit of my heart! Or, god forbid, that I was replacing him.
But Anthony worked on me, and I agreed that the jump from one to two would be easiest to make now...before the baby comes. And I'm so glad he did, because Zorra has been the perfect addition!
Whatever you're thinking about this right now has already been said to us, I promise. So I'll address all that now before going puppy-crazy on you.
This seems to be where most people get really concerned for us. "But you're getting ready for a baby! How could you think of getting another dog!" Honestly, that's easy. Yes, we are getting ready for a baby...which means that right now, aside from my need to fall asleep super early every night and getting more uncomfortable as my belly grows, our lives are exactly the same as they were before. We have the time to devote to a puppy and training and cuddles now.
We get up. We work out. We go to work. We come home at lunch to let our dog out. We come home after work. We make dinner. We eat. We chill. We go to bed. On weekends we do whatever, including walking our dog and taking him to training.
It's been two weeks and none of this has changed...except that we're now letting out two dogs, feeding two dogs, cuddling two dogs, playing with two dogs, sharing our bed with two dogs (that's fun), and have started training a second dog. I don't see any of this changing any time soon, and over the next three months we'll go from one well-trained dog to two...and then add the baby ;)
|Two pups and twice the lazy!|
Now that that's out of the way...the fun stuff!
I won't say that Zorra is a "Harvey Dog", but she was transported out of a shelter in Tennessee to make room for rescues from Hurricane Harvey - so you could say she came to us because of Harvey. She came to us from the same shelter we got Token from - Safe Haven Dog Rescue, and we used Pet Finder (once again).
It was the ears that got me when Anthony sent me the picture. Her gorgeous giant ears and tentative looking face...she almost always looks like she's sad or did something wrong, or just wants approval from us. It's adorable and makes me want to pick her up and snuggle her face off.
When I saw that she was at Safe Haven it was a sign (not that Anthony's 15 texts in a row hadn't clued me in).
This time, the process was much smoother and quicker ;)
Turns out, the people from Safe Haven all know how lucky and spoiled Token is - that he gets to cuddle with us all night and go to baseball games and stuff:
|Token didn't want to watch the game.|
We got there a little early so we could see Karen and she could see Token (we knew she'd want to!) and everyone from the shelter remembered him. Everyone kept asking "Is that Little Boy Blu???" - he was practically a celebrity, and even got more attention than some of the puppies there! One guy even came up and said, "Is that Blu?? I almost adopted him! I had to work that day and then he was gone!" and I looked at him and honestly said, "Dude, you didn't even stand a chance. There was no way we weren't going to take him home, you can ask anyone!" (Karen was standing there are concurred!)
It was funny because Token's adoption story was known by so many people from the shelter. People kept coming up and asking if we were the ones who waited all day to adopt! Yup! That was us!
Anyways...Token and 'Tuxy' met...and they were in love. We talked to her foster dad and there were a few things that were pretty apparent. The first was that she was not close to 5 months old - the Tennessee shelter had most likely over estimated her age, and she was probably closer to three months and TINY. She was also malnourished, and her foster dad said that even though she'd put on a few pounds with him she was still underweight. No big deal - we knew the scale would keep trending up!
He confirmed that she loves other dogs and playing, and loves kids - which is what we wanted to hear for sure! Apparently she was too active for his other foster dog, but he seemed relieved at how well she and Token got along. He brought his son with too, telling us that they were best buds and always together. It made me feel bad that we were taking that away from another child...but also pretty darn happy that we'd have that kind of love from two dogs for our own child.
|Kisses all day!|
|Kisses from every angle!!|
I know you're wondering - how did Token handle all this?
Let's be honest - he had no idea what was happening at first. I don't think it was until we got home that he realized we were definitely keeping her, and he'd have to share all his stuff...including his mom, his dad, and snuggle time:
|He even has to share training time and treats!|
|I love how he looks so annoyed at me in this picture.|
|Only slightly staged...they were both laying by Anthony and I made room for myself by dragging them both to the other end of the couch so I could take their spot :P|
We have seamlessly moved from having one dog to two, and I can't believe how lucky we are that we have two dogs who are so well behaved and chill.
So there you have it!
The excitement of adding a second dog to our family...keeping us even busier and spreading more love all around. It already feels like we've had her forever, and she was meant to be ours...and you all know we'll just keep growing from here!
|Already ready to welcome #5 to the pack!|