There is absolutely nothing like waking up with butterflies and having them there for an entire morning. That’s how I felt this morning when I woke up, as I sat through breakfast and as we made the hour drive to Diane’s house to pick up Orso. I was so excited, but in a weird way. Every time I thought about him, my eyes would tear up. Weird, huh?
We arrived at Diane’s house early in the day, once again armed with enough photography equipment to shoot the next edition of Sports Illustrated. Most of the pups had already gone home since our visit on Friday, so it was much less hectic in the puppy room. We took a bunch of photos, asked a ton of questions, stared obsessively at Orso for minutes at a time, collected our belongings and started our way home. It was that simple!
Below are my favorite photos from the visit to Diane’s house, including a few family photos and a couple of shots with his sister, which is the female first pick that Diane is keeping for herself.
Orso slept the entire way home from Dade City to Miami, which was a solid 6-hour drive with bathroom and food breaks. We got some nasty weather on the way home, which slowed us down, but he didn’t even seem to notice. Our dog sitter & vet technician, Nichelle, waited for us at the house so that she could assist us with the first round of introductions with Luna & Mouse (our Catahoula & Doberman). It was pouring raining when we pulled up at home so we were a little bit stressed about how we were going to be able to follow our plan for the introductions. I had been doing considerable research on the best and less stressful way to allow everyone to meet, and my conclusion involved all three of them having to be walked on leashes down the street from our house so it would be somewhat neutral. Our plan didn’t go exactly as we wanted because of the rain, but overall it went well. Luna was curious, but aloof. Mouse was not happy about the whole situation and expressed his disapproval by either barking when at a distance from Orso or refusing to acknowledge him altogether when up close. At the end of the day, though, we couldn’t complain given the circumstances. I felt the introduction went better than I expected. Everyone was brought into the house and no more contact was allowed for the rest of the evening.
Everyone ate dinner, including us, which was graciously brought over by my parents, the loving puppy grandparents (see below). Orso cried every time he needed to go potty, which is a testament to Diane! No accidents in the house so far! Bedtime was perfect. Orso’s crate is temporarily in our bedroom so we can monitor him at night. He will probably be OK to sleep with the other two in the dog room in several weeks, but for now we felt it was more appropriate that he stay close to us at night.
These are all the photos from Diane's house this morning:
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