For those of you that have been following along for awhile, or know us in real life, you know that we have always had pet dogs. Our family is heavily involved in the pet rescue world, so there have been rescued pups in our house for years. When my wife and I first got together 15 years ago, we each had a dog, Smidge, my Rotty that we lost at 13, and Tully, our Terrier we lost at 16, along with our Great Dane Roxy we rescued who was 8 or 9.
Normally, still having 2 labs would be enough for most. But these particular labs are service dogs, and are treated ever so differently than your regular pet dog. The labs have also become mine and my daughter’s. We do the training, they spend all their time with her, Major sleeps on her bed, and I run/play with them almost daily. So my wife was really missing having her Tully around.
I volunteer at the Baldwin Park Shelter taking pictures of their dogs for networking on Facebook and other social media. I do it through a 501c3 called United Hope for Animals. We have a very successful way of promoting the dogs there. I didn’t happen to be there on 8/10 when mom and her 4 pups came in, but they posted a picture and mom looked a lot like Tully.
We had already been discussing the possibility of another pet, and we included our service dog trainer Crystal from Canine Hope in the conversation. Crystal had recommended we get a puppy, versus bringing in an adult rescue that may have unknown issues or disturb the dog hierarchy that has just recently been established. We also knew that we wanted a boy. Raven is a queen, and doesn’t like anyone vying for her crown 😉 . We hadn’t really considered a puppy, but adding Crystal into the conversation was good for us. Her argument for a puppy made sense, especially with as sensitive as Major seems to be. As a side note, our kids have never had a puppy, so we decided that was the route to go for everyone. Now that the kids are back in school, the day times are a little easier to help with the puppy training.
Once we saw how much mom looked like our old terrier, and that she had a boy pup, we were sold. Angus is a Maltese/Poodle/Terrier mix, and our guess is he will be somewhere around 10 pounds. Now, my first choice would have been something a little darker, but this isn’t supposed to be my dog. He is supposed to be for my wife and son.
So why the name Angus? Well, there has to be some connection to black, right? Angus cattle are black. Black Angus restaurants. Angus Young sings Back in Black for Ac/Dc 🙂 Angus is a black dog at heart.
Angus just hit 8 weeks, and was finally completely weened off mom, so we were able to go pick him up Sunday. The whole family was rescued by Life4Paws rescue, and they still have Angus’ sisters and mom available (wink, wink)
So Angus is the newest honorary member of Team Blackdogsrule. We won’t hold it against him that he’s white. I’m telling people he’s a rare pygmy albino black lab.
One thing you won’t see is me running a 10K with Angus. My wife already said no… 😉