As of this morning, the doggie adoption is finalized, and we have a new family member.
Her name is Krissy, and we adopted her from All Aboard Animal Rescue. If you're thinking about adopting a dog in the Denver or Fort Collins areas, I recommend this group. They're nice and helpful, and the process was smooth and easy. Also, I will always encourage rescuing an animal rather than buying from a breeder or pet store.
Krissy is a beagle/hound mix, about a year old, rescued from a shelter from a state somewhere south of Colorado. She's sweet, smart and likes to give kisses. I haven't heard her bark once, though she does whine occasionally. She loves to be with her people and follows me all over the house, even when I'm not in the kitchen. She's fantastic on a leash.
We do have some training work ahead of us. Also, beagles are food hounds, which means Krissy is like a little vacuum, sniffing around every nook and cranny on the hunt for crumbs. We've done some house-cleaning in the past week to make sure Legos, marbles and such are off the floor. She also likes to chew, especially shoelaces, as my daughter learned last night when hers ended up in several pieces.
Krissy is smaller than we were thinking for our next dog. Our late and dearly missed boxer mix Buddy was about 55 pounds. Krissy is half that size. We all miss having a large dog and might get a bigger friend for Krissy a some later date.
It's a strange feeling having a dog in the house who's not Buddy. We had him for 10 years, and he really was an important part of our family. He felt irreplaceable. I want to love and appreciate Krissy for the energetic cutie she is. At the same time, I feel a little guilty about, well, replacing Buddy.
But I hope he would understand that we missed owning a dog and he would be happy that Krissy, like himself 10 years ago when we saved him from a shelter, now has a family and a home.