Of Man and Dog

>> 2.22.2010

The more I see of man, the more I like dogs.
Mme. de Staël

I am a dog person-- always have been, always will be.

However, Fezzik the Great, our beloved schnoodle, is not your typical dog. He reminds me more of a cat: only having any use for you when he needs something.....whether it be food, water, a walk, food, a belly rub, toys, food, treats, a potty break, food...

We accept him for who he is and, in return, he allows us to remain in his good graces. He can be very sweet and playful when he wants to be and we really do love him a lot.. but I have missed the undying affection and sweet cuddles of your more typical pooch.

Enter Marlo:

This weekend we headed to Target to pick up a few things for Liam's nursery. As we passed Petsmart, I suddenly remembered it was Saturday: adoption day. I asked Ryan to stop..... "just to look, you know..."

We have actually been open to the idea of another dog for awhile, after hearing repeatedly that two dogs are easier than one. *ahem* Excuse me, I had been open to the idea of another dog for awhile.. Ryan... took a bit more convincing. But, he had been won over and we have stopped numerous times before "just to look" and actually did just look.

Now.. I believe in love at first sight.

We stopped at the first dog in the row of pens and began chatting with the volunteer, when a shaggy little pup in the next pen over caught my eye. A female terrier mix named Dana. While petting her, we heard what a lover she was-- every staff member who walked by had something wonderful to say. Having worked as a volunteer at an animal shelter, I know that when doing off-site adoptions, your goal is not to sell the dog to whoever happens to walk by throwing an, "Awwwwww.." over their shoulder. Spontaneous adoptions rarely stick. You want the potential owner to know what they are getting themselves into. You want them to make an informed decision-- not fall hard for a dog, get it home and realize *gasp* it is actual work.. and *sigh* the dog is not perfect. So hearing all the great things the staff had to say really meant something.

I looked at Ryan.
I gave him the lip.
We got an information sheet.

After a few more minutes, I asked if we could take home an adoption form.. just in case. And the next thing I know, we are filling it out, arranging a meet and greet for Fezzik... and trying to decide on a new name. I mean.. Dana... really?

Fezzik and Dana hit it off much better than I even expected. Fezzik is very particular about his friends and can be kind of a grouch, but he tolerated Dana in his aloof way...paying no mind as she frolicked in front of him and even allowing her the honor of being marked as his territory as he gracefully peed on her ear. So.. we arranged to pick her up the next day.

She seems to be settling in quite nicely.

We have named her Marlo.. but are still working on the middle name (Marlo Kimber? Kinsley? Annabelle? What do you think?)

She and Fezzik have had only one little spat in which Fezzik oh, so gently reminded her who is boss around here. She sleeps beautifully on her bed and seems to only need a slight refresher course in potty-training. She is very interested in Liam; greeting him the first time with a great big smooch. (Fezzik generally ignores our furless puppy.) She loves to be outside. She is quite playful, sweet and curious. She just makes you feel happy inside.

Welcome to the family, Marlo!


~gretchen~ February 22, 2010 at 2:29 PM  

oh yay! 2 dogs are MUCH better than 1! marlo is so adorable and that dog butt picture is the best! the name dana for a dog is pretty bad, kind of like naming a cat eric. i like marlo kinsley. my animals have ridiculous middle names too... tonka merthern (merthern was the name of a human, yes a human we went to highschool with!) zia sophia, and fraggle woosuff manning (the very overweight cat).

Michelle February 22, 2010 at 3:20 PM  

Ha ha. I love those names!

We almost named her Samantha. She just looks like a Sam or Sammie.. but.. well,
1. Sam is the most common dog name in North America. We can't stand to be COMMON.
2. Ryan's ex-girlfriend was Sam. Just seemed a little cruel.

emily bilbrey February 23, 2010 at 2:47 AM  

how sweet and awesome! congrats on yet another new addition! i am far from being a dog person, but those two are adorable. :D great job on extending your welcome to an animal in need. your home will have so much more joy. cheers!

Cindy February 23, 2010 at 1:58 PM  

Oh my gosh, look at that sweet face. I think every kid should have a dog.

Tiffany February 23, 2010 at 3:46 PM  

Oh what a face! Marlo is toooo cute. Way to go on adopting. Pound puppies are the best. :-)

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