We'd promised the kid we'd get a dog when we moved...so here is our new family member--and our daughter's 13th birthday present--Dusty!
found her on Craigslist, her owners (two ladies both named Jennifer)
were moving and needed to rehome her. She is perfectly wonderful in
every way--quiet, polite, well-mannered and housebroken. Dusty is a
Cocker/Schnauzer mix--a 'Schnocker' according to the Jennifers. They
were kind enough to leave her with us for a weekend to see how things
went--we weren't sure how Dusty would react to the other animals and the
chickens--but after an initial curious inspection, she disregarded
them. Heck, she doesn't even go after the quail and other wild birds
that walk around near her in the yard.
She knows she isn't allowed on the couch though, which prompted this expression when I took this picture:
kid and dog are inseperable, Dusty has a special pillow to sleep on at
night right next to her bed. The other night, after running around
playing with the dog the kid flopped down on the living room carpet, dog
in arms and sighed, 'Best birthday ever.'
Thanks, Jennifers! :)