Family Growth

We have two new additions to our family – one perhaps more exciting than the other but both mention worthy.  First I would like you to meet Invincible Dave.

Invincible Dave the Desk

Dave is a metal desk of the metal furniture company, Invincible.  He is the desk where I will blog from and lesson plan on.  He is located in the corner of our spacious master, my office nook, if you will.  Both Dave and his sidekick Chair are from the 50’s or early 60’s and look as if they have many years of life left in them.  I searched for quite a while before finding them in an antique store covered with strangely shaped baskets and multicolored spray painted pieces of coral.  I wanted something different, sturdy, and gray.  Yes, I really wanted the color gray which greatly limited my choices.

Now for the other new member of our family.  For her, color was not a concern, but rather temperament and personality.

Meet Sasha.

These are the three pictures the rescue origination had posted of her.  It was the middle one that did it for me.  So, so, skinny.  And matted.  And just plain sad.

Rescue Sasha Collage

She was a stray, picked up by the pound and not claimed.  She was deemed adoptable, so she bypassed the euthanasia list, and moved to a no-kill rescue organization facility.  They knew nothing of her past.  She was listed as being a five year old flat-haired retriever.

We did a meet and greet with her and the boys.  She was gentle and sweet.  We did a separate meet and greet with Haley and the boys and it went very well.

And so, this is Sasha on the car ride home.

The Ride Home

She has kennel cough and can stand to gain ten pounds (she weighs 33 pounds now).  She is also not housetrained, but is smart and showing signs of figuring it out.  She is a water dog, and has already enjoyed swimming in our pool several times.

Here she is after her flea and tick shampoo bath on her first night home.  After getting towel dried she danced around the yard.  I swear you can almost see her ribs in this picture.

Post Bath Wet Dog

Haley is not sure about no longer being an only dog.  Their relationship so far is best described as together from a distance.

Together From a Distance

Cody and Sasha, however have hit it off quite well.

Cody and Sasha Collage

Our strict no-dog-on-the-leather-couches was broken by Sasha within the hour of her arrival.  We were so thrilled she was not peeing in the house and was resting peacefully that we let it be.  Plus she is just so cute.

No Dogs on the Couch

So there it is.  Our family has grown by two.  I love them both.  Sasha is a sweet and loving soul who has been nothing but kind and gentle to the boys.  She is very, very cute.

Feeling at Home

Invincible Dave, however, has the fact that he is potty trained going for him.

About Shoes

I am an elementary school teacher, a former microbiologist, a mom to a herd of two boys, and a grilled cheese sandwich and beer connoisseur.
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6 Responses to Family Growth

  1. Heather W says:

    I hope both new members settle in nicely. 🙂

    • shoes says:

      So far so good. Dave is a quite guy, who stands stoutly in the corner waiting for someone to come to him. Sasha, on the other hand, follows us around quietly waiting for a gentle pat and some kind words. I think it would be a bit creepy if it were the other way around. 🙂

  2. Mary Ann says:

    Sasha’s so lucky to have a nice new home with good food coming her way! Congratulations.

  3. Jodi Stone says:

    Oh Nancy, I’ve so missed reading your blog. I saw a comment you left about your ‘new’ dog on Maryann’s blog and I just had to come over and sniff it out.

    Thank you SO much for rescuing Sasha, she looks like a dream and I’m sure she appreciates what you’ve done for her.

    Happy New Year to you and your family.

    • shoes says:

      Jodi! Hi there. Rescue babies are the absolutely the best. All our fur family members have been rescues, strays, or castaways. While I still can’t comment on your blog (stupid error message!) it looks like you have really grown it and have a wonderful community of animal lovers. So nice to see that. Hope you had a Happy New Year and I wish you and your family all the best.

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