Saturday, January 21, 2012

Coming Soon...

My dear sweet gray-muzzled girl, my Lanie,

Changes are coming to the house soon. Historically, you haven't appreciated disturbances to your routine so I figured I should warn you.

You miss your boys. After Bullie passed in April, you became instantly less snarky with Drive. You let him cuddle against you and rest his head on you. I think I saw the two of you play -- however briefly -- more in those six months than in the rest of the six years you lived together.

I know it hurt you, when I didn't bring Drive home. I'm sorry. I know I told you that before, but I'm so, so sorry I lost him. I wish I could have explained it to you. I wish I had some way to make you understand.

So for three months now you have been the only dog in our household. You have grown exponentially more cuddly and sweet and, frankly, obnoxious. I can't remember the last time we had a meal that wasn't accompanied by deranged howling. Seriously, girl, it's gotten to the point where I'm considering making you your own dinner plate so we can eat in peace, but you'd just finish first and then demand the rest of ours. Let's face it. You are not now, nor have you ever been, a good dog.

Fortunately, you have been the perfect family member for our particular family. (And your uncanny talent for knocking your dad in the man-bits keeps the sadist in me amused.) No matter how much more senile or demanding you get, you are in our family for life. That's how we roll. There's no escape. ;)

So I wanted to warn you, my spoiled little queen, that the family dynamic will be changing again. I finally got over my anxiety enough to call an adoption kennel. I have an appointment before the month is out, and I'll be going to meet some potential new family members. If the stars align, I may even bring him home soon. I think we're ready.

As our senior canine, this selection needs to be made with you in mind. Obviously, the biggest factor in my choice will be personality. There are a couple other things I'm remembering as well. For example, for some reason you don't like female dogs. While I'm sure we could train and work and force tolerance, I'd rather not stress you because not only are you deranged, you are in your golden years and you don't deserve a major upheaval at age twelve-and-a-half.

The truth is, though, I'm not worried about you. Your dad and I think having a new brother is going to revitalize you. Aged or not, you are as funny and bouncy and energetic as ever and adding a new young man to the mix promises to be fun for everyone.

I can't wait to meet him. I can't wait to introduce the two of you. I can't wait to share him with all of our friends.

Love forever,
Mom, giver of cookies and neck scritches

Note to Our Friends: This post was written under the influences of painkillers, as I had a gigantic tooth removed this week. I hope you will forgive any weirdness, should you find any, but I did want to share my news. Next Saturday, I will be meeting some hounds and hoping that one of them is a match for our family. I'm so excited!


  1. I know how they mourn, I have seen how new pack members can bring new joy. I know you'll find her the perfect little brother. ~:*)

  2. Aw Lanie, congratulations on your new Hound Dog Brother-to-be! I bet he will be wonderful!

  3. Hi Y'all,

    Hopped over to visit! We'll be back! Can't wait to meet the new brother.

    y'all come by now,
    Hawk aka BrownDog

  4. Oh Dog! I am so happy for you guys and I can't wait to see the new family member too!

  5. Congrats! I'm sure you will pick a perfect siblin' for might just take a little time and patience for her to realize it. This would make Drive happy I do believe.

  6. Good luck! I rekcon it will be good for Lanie, though she might pretend to be put out at first :P

  7. We have to wait in suspense until Saturday?! How will you stand it? :D I am so freaking excited for you! I know Lanie will be a very happy girl!

    Whot I am doin' here is grinning ear to ear!

  8. I hope you find that special boy! I bet Lanie will be happy, maybe after some adjustment, to have a brother around.

  9. Absolutely awesome news! I can't wait, I'm excited for you too:) It's going to be a loooong week! Good luck finding the perfect match for everyone:)

  10. Oh now that is exciting! Mum says getting me after Flynn died was the best if not the most stressful thing she's done in years... still is at times, but she wouldn't lose me for the world now! Deccy x

  11. Can't wait to meet your new arrival!

  12. I hope you find the perfect little brother. How exciting! -Bongo

  13. Very exciting news. I'm happy for the entire family :o)

  14. Oh, been there, done that. Our own spoiled princess also changed (softened) her personality so much between losing her first beloved companion and getting the second. She seemed shellshocked, and could no longer be bothered to snark at other dogs, or play, or do anything much except snuggle. But when we brought the pirate home, she too was revitalised.

    I really hope you find the right dog on Saturday (today), and that your spoiled Queen Lanie loves him and that he puts the smile back on that sweet old-dog face!