As I write this, she’s playing with the puppy and the cat, and giggling nonstop. A GREAT day? Yesterday? Well. I suppose. We’ve been trying to make it so. We’ve been well set up in a lot of ways for this crisis. Cassidy saw it coming weeks before others did, so he was already buying extra supplies, water, and medicine. (no, not toilet paper) We only had a tiny freezer, so we got a new spare one for the basement and filled it with a few weeks’ worth of frozen foods we love. We have four acres of land; 19 chickens that produce about 12-15 eggs every day. Cassidy had bought tons of LEGO surprises for the kids to roll in out the days and weeks to come when feeling desperate. The kids have had great spirits for the last two weeks. Me? I’ve been trying.
We didn’t plan to get a puppy during this crisis. Oh no – we planned this several weeks ago – when we were still starry-eyed. Actually it was more like Cassidy said to me months ago, “I really want another Siberian Husky. I found one in California (through a Husky rescue organization we supported for our wedding) and if I decide yes, I will fly out on Wednesday.” I didn’t even bat an eye. We are dream and think big people. That situation didn’t pan out but more recently, before the Coronavirus crisis, he told me he had found something else. A sole female puppy born on a farm in rural Vermont, bred for size and temperament, but by no means a show dog.
Just like this pregnancy (which started around the new year although I didn’t figure it out for awhile longer), nothing was planned this way! Personally I think the timing is amazing. For the pregnancy, I’m still in the first trimester for another week or two and was all along planning to lay low and rest for this time. For the dog? Didn’t you know that getting a puppy or kitten or fostering them, is an excellent idea right now if it’s something already in your wheelhouse? For one, you’re home to be there for the 24/7 job that early puppy/kitten parenting entails. And for another, what a wonderful distraction from the terrors that have been keeping me up at night.
So the short story is that the puppy was supposed to be ready next week (at around 7-8 weeks) but Cassidy got the call Monday of this week that she was ready. We think maybe the family realized that even Vermont might get shut down with roads closed, and they wanted us to have our puppy. So we didn’t have a lot of time to scramble and get ready. There wasn’t a lot of fanfare. In fact, I’ll show you exactly what we did! I was trying to hide the camera from Scarlet.
Cassidy left around 5:00am yesterday morning. The kids woke up and I told them he had gone into the office! Of course he hadn’t – he’s been working from home to keep safe. I had my text notifications off so he could text me photos of his journey along the way. I was impatient!
And then the day was filled with getting to know her, introducing the other pets to her, and making sure she was cared for. She’s not eating regularly yet, and she has her days and nights mixed up, but I look forward to several weeks of puppy training and loving. So far, it’s good.
Now I know I don’t ever have to defend myself, but as you know, we have three wonderful rescue pets. If this had been planned differently, that’s probably the route we would have taken. That’s the route we nearly took! It’s harder, I think, with Siberian Huskies. For our family, we need one super young to imprint upon, as she joins our family of two kids and three rescue pets, and eventually helps us welcome our new baby in 2020. I mostly always say, “Adopt, Don’t Shop” but there are circumstances and choices with everything you do. And you gotta do you! Or do this: