Kobi Keefe reporting here….I’ve been elected, since I’m the oldest, to tell about the mischief Mom and Dad have gotten into lately. I know, I know, Conrad is really the oldest, but all he wants to do is eat and sleep, he has no interest in telling stories.
We know Mom has already let the cat out of the bag (well, puppy, as it were), last Thursday, about the new addition coming to our household. We thought this was a democracy here, but none of us, canine or feline, got a vote. Mom says she thinks it will be good for us….maybe get some of us lazy old guys and girls moving a bit more. We’ll see about that. At the time she told you the puppy had not been selected yet, but now the choice has been made.
We at least get to introduce our new brother:
His name given to him by his foster family is Goblin. His name when he comes to live with us is going to be Luke. No, we didn’t get a vote on that either! He will be joining us at the beginning of the new year. Mom is dying to tell you the story of how all this came about, so I am going to turn this story over to the Momz:
As I said on Thursday, I thought we had settled into being a 3 dog household, and that we were all good with that. That was all until October 27th. My hubby and I were in bed with the World Series game on that evening, and I had my tablet with me and was perusing Facebook. A photo and caption popped up from a page I follow, Peace and Paws Dog Rescue. (click on their name to see the original post I saw) They are here in NH, and some of you on Facebook may be familiar with them. They are the ones that share “Giddy & Twinkle’s Tip of the Day”.
The photo stated that a dog named Dolly was giving birth to puppies…two had been born on 10/26 and the rest were still on the way. I showed this to my hubby, half-jokingly. Why? October 27th was the birthday of our very special lab mix, Maggie, who has been gone for 9 years now. That same fall after we lost Maggie, our beagle Cricket came home with us….on 10/27. Two days previous to that Sheba and Moses had been born. Their Mom belongs to a friend of ours, and we were hoping for them to also be born on the 27th, but they arrived a couple of days early. What else happened on that date? The Red Sox won the World Series for the first time since 1918.
Mind you, my hubby and I aren’t huge baseball fans. But my family is, and I used to follow it very closely when I was a teenager. Some of my fondest memories are of going to Fenway Park with my family. My Mom and paternal grandmother were huge fans, and they had both passed away before seeing their beloved Red Sox win the World Series. That made it something special for my family that year. So we still follow baseball somewhat and that year we were watching the World Series. I remember the night they won clearly…..because I had a baby beagle sleeping on my chest, and we couldn’t cheer when they won, for fear of waking her up.
So here we were in 2013 watching the World Series again, which the Red Sox ended up winning again. A litter of lab mix puppies were being born that same day. Maggie was a lab mix. Can you see where I’m going with this? That’s an awful lot of coincidences, and seemed like a sign to me.
I shared the photo with my sister Lynn, because her dog Bear was Maggie’s littermate. She hasn’t had a dog since, so I’m always sharing adoptable dog and puppy photos with her. However, she lives alone and works long hours so the time is not right for her. What I didn’t expect was how my husband was very quick to jump on the idea. I was only half serious, and very unsure, but he had no doubts. I don’t jump into things, and I have mulled over this considerably, driving my poor hubby crazy with my indecision. He was leaving it up to me. He was on board but he wanted me to want it too. One of the big factors holding me back was the feeling that I just don’t have time for a puppy. But when I came up with the idea of cutting back my work hours a bit more, and got both my hubby and my boss on board with that idea, the decision was finally made. We filled out the application and after a few days were approved.
Mama Dolly was pulled from a shelter down South along with another pregnant dog named Luna, a shepherd mix. Luna gave birth in a foster home literally the day after being rescued. Dolly’s litter came a week after that. Dolly had 13 pups (one didn’t make it), and Luna had 10. We wanted a male dog and there were only 2 in Dolly’s litter, but 7 in Luna’s. So we did consider for a while getting one of Luna’s instead, since there were some black males in that litter and Maggie had been black. All the puppies were of course adorable, so it wasn’t an easy decision and we did mull it over for a few days after our final approval from the rescue. We ended up settling on one of Dolly’s after all, partly because we wanted a Lab mix and also because of them being born on Maggie’s birthday (well, we can’t be sure he wasn’t actually born on the 26th, but that’s OK).
These pups are in foster care down south, and they won’t be transported here to New England until January 3rd. So now the waiting and preparing begins! It’s going to be a long 6 weeks, but at least we have the holidays to keep us busy!
*All photos courtesy of Peace and Paws Dog Rescue.*