During Christmas break, Jdaddy and I lost our minds. Literally.
I don’t know if we can blame it on the major ice storm that took out our power just a few days before Christmas, requiring us to “move in” with my parents for a little while; if it was because we were home with three kids for what seemed like a VERY LONG TIME; or, if it was because we drank too much. What I do know is that we definitely lost our minds and starting thinking about getting another dog.
In fact, just after Christmas, we put in an application to adopt a rescue dog through the Mid Michigan Boxer Rescue organization.
Did you know that there’s a very thorough process that you have to go through in order to adopt a rescued pet? Well, there is. In fact, by the time we made it through the application process, the reference checks (yes! they do reference checks), the personal phone call, and the home visit, the dog we had applied to adopt had already found a family. [insert sad face] However, he had a “brother” that was still available, so after doing a little research on the brother, we set our sights on him.
Winston is a white boxer that is approximately 2 years old (though we think he might be younger). He has a brown ear and “freckles” (black spots) that just add personality. He’s much smaller than Murphy. While Murphy is one of the biggest boxers I’ve seen, Winston is one of the smallest. We’re not totally convinced that he’s 100% boxer, but it doesn’t really matter.
We brought Winston home on Sunday, February 16th. Murphy and Winston made fast friends. There were some tense moments while they got to know one another, but honestly, things have gone really smoothly with them. For the first 24 hours, I had a few panic attacks. Jdaddy had to keep assuring me that things would be fine. At this point, I am starting to believe him.
Murphy really enjoys having another dog in the house. He was driving us crazy with his extremely high need for constant activity, so that is one of the reasons we thought about getting another dog. Since Winston has been with us, Murphy hasn’t bothered us once. The two of them play pretty much non-stop.
The house is now a bit crowded with 2 dogs, 3 kids, and Jdaddy and me…but we’re making it work the best we can.
Winston has been very good with the kids. Boxers are typically great with kids, but you never really know what you’re going to get when you take in a rescued animal. Their former life could have been very hard, which could lead them to act unpredictably. We’ve been very overprotective of the kids (especially Luke, since he’s at face-level with Winston), but things are going really well. So far, Winston appears to love the kids, just as Murphy does.
My favorite time of the day is the late evening, when all the kids are in bed and the dogs have finally worked out all of their energy. They both crawl into their beds and snooze until it’s time for Jdaddy and me to go to bed. They are adorable. (You are going to have to remind me of this when I come back complaining about one or both of them!!)