I know few, if any, still read this, but it has always been a great outlet for me to get things off my chest, ramble, whine, etc. I haven’t been doing that regularly and boy can I tell! I must think, at least once or twice per day, I need to blog about this. But I just haven’t been making the time for it. Along with all of the other things I haven’t been making time for. I’ve crawled back into my proverbial shell and, whether I want to or not, I need to force myself out of it again. Retreat is fine so long as it doesn’t become the norm. And it has definitely become the norm. Enough of the funk. It’s a new year, right?
So, what has been happening lately? I got a new puppy! Almost 2 years after I lost Mazzy, I finally decided I was ready to share my home with another furry friend. A friend of mine forwarded me an email from a lady who fosters dogs. At the time, she had just rescued a pregnant dog from the pound that was scheduled to be euthanized. I had no idea they would do that to a pregnant animal!! The dog had had her puppies and they were now looking for homes. One adorable little furball jumped right out of the picture at me, so I had to go meet him and his siblings.
I mean, just look at him. He’s sooooo cute!! And of course, I’m a sucker for blue eyes! There were two other puppies that looked like Rottweiler and beagle mix, one that was all black, and one that all tan. And then there was Loki, with his blue merle coat and pretty blue eyes. Definitely the odd man out in the litter. The mom was a hound mix, but no clue about the daddies. Later on, I would learn that he, most likely, is an Australian Shepherd, or Aussie, mix.
I went, on a Sunday morning to meet them and, while I was predispositioned to love Loki (or Spot as they had been calling him), I also was drawn to one of the other little cuties. I spent about 30 minutes in this woman’s backyard, cuddling with the two puppies and trying to decide if I should take one, and if so, WHICH? Not wanting to make a rash decision, I told her I needed to think about it and would get back with her by that evening. I knew she had others coming to see the puppies the next day, so I wanted to make up my mind while I still had options.
I ended up going back that night. Previously, “Spot” was a bit of a concern to me because he just kept biting and chewing everything. I know he’s a puppy, but he was doing it faaaar more than the other puppies. So when I went back that night, having decided I was going to take one of them, and having narrowed it down between Loki and one other, I spent more time with those two specifically. I noticed that one of Loki’s eyes was more blue than the other. One had started turning brown. We played, we cuddled, they peed, etc. And in my heart, I still just knew it had to be Loki. It helped my decision greatly when the other started biting and chewing just as much. So, I chose Loki. I went back two days later to bring him home. He was almost 7 weeks old and weighed about 9 pounds.
Fast forward to today. He just went to the vet on Friday for his last puppy booster shots and his rabies vaccination. At 14 weeks, he now weighs 24.8 pounds. He’s gained 11 pounds in the past month!! Did I mention he is going to be a BIG BOY?! Best estimates from the vet is that he will be between 50 and 70 pounds when full grown. Mazzy was only about 48 pounds, and what I considered to be a pretty average sized dog. I knew Loki would be big when I got him. I mean, his paws are HUGE!
He’s been going to puppy school for 3 weeks now and is really smart and a quick learner, but stubborn! He cracks me up on a daily basis though. I have really missed Mazzy and am so happy to have a dog in my home again.
Oh, and now he only has a half-blue eye. The other is completely black. I really hope the blue stays! His black patches on his back have started…expanding. He has a long black, mixed with grey, stripe down his back now. But still has little spots on his legs and head. It will be interesting to see what kind of patchwork pattern he ends up with!
P.S. Loki is the Norse god of mischief, and he is certainly living up to his name!