Introducing Bella Blue

I previously wrote about one of the saddest days of our life, December 10th, the day we had to say goodbye to our beloved dog, Zorro. Our house has felt so empty without him and our other dog, Charlie, was noticeably missing him. We knew we wanted to get another dog but planned on waiting until Spring.

I'm on the email distro for the Greater Kansas City Humane Society and follow them and a few other animal shelters on Facebook. Last week, I clicked on a link I received about adoptable dogs. It was then that I saw a photo of a puppy named Dandy on Petfinder. Dandy was actually part of New Beginnings Dog Rescue.  He was so cute, I had Justin look at the posting too. He was an interesting mix: half Husky/half Standard Poodle and nearly 4 months old. When we saw that he would be at a nearby Petsmart for an adoption event that Saturday, we figured we could go and just look.

I bet you know where this is heading...

Well, we got to meet Dandy and his equally adorable sister, Anna. As excited as we were to meet Dandy, we really bonded with Anna. She was incredibly sweet and very friendly. I knew immediately that we would be bringing a puppy home with us that day. We just couldn't resist. Justin and I have both grown up with dogs, but Justin had never selected a dog himself before. So, I wanted him to ultimately decide.

After much deliberation, Justin decided we should bring Anna home with us. The lovely people at New Beginnings Dog Rescue were so patient with us, staying well past the end of the adoption event for us to make our final decision. They also explained that the dogs did not know their names yet, so we could change it without confusing her.

Since we had planned on looking at a boy puppy, we had casually talked about boy names. We didn't have any girl names picked out. We made a list on the drive home and both finally agreed upon Bella Blue. We both liked Bella and I threw out Blue because of Bella's one blue eye. Yes, she has one brown eye, one blue eye. I also thought it was a perfect contrast against our other dog, Charlie Brown.

Bella Blue is just the sweetest thing ever. She is, however, very much a curious puppy. We have to watch her every move, as she likes to put anything and everything in her mouth. She's beginning to become house trained but it's a work in progress. It's been so long since I have had a puppy that I had forgotten how much work they are. Luckily, her cuteness makes up for her orneriness.

Although we are a bit tired, there is something very special about having a puppy around. Her energy is contagious, except for when she wakes ready to play at 5am! She is about 20 pounds now, and they believe she will be between 50-60 pounds full grown.

This picture makes me smile . It was Bella's first car ride, and she was bit apprehensive. Thank heavens for older brothers that protect you from scary car rides:)
 Charlie and Bella have become buddies.

Although we will always miss our Zorro, we are very happy to have this sweet new girl join our family. It's amazing just how sweet puppies are and how much joy they bring.


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