I have adopted a brand new family member!!!
Her name is Holly Snow Eyra and she is the cutest, kindest puppy you can imagine! She is a five months old terrier mix (I believe West Highland Terrier and Jack Russell, but no one quite knows) and she is absolutely wonderful!
I better tell you how this all came about. There is a place in Wicklow, here in Ireland, that rescues dogs in need. That place has a Facebook page. Why I had 'liked' it I'm not entirely sure to be honest with you. It's a pretty big place and turns out one of my closest girlfriends volunteer there sometimes so someone probably invited me to 'like' the Wicklow Animal Welfare page, as they are called. On their page they post pictures of animals who came in to their rescue asking for people who are able to take them. Ken's mum, Mandy, stumbled upon a picture of a teeny, tiny Chihuahua that had been rescued from a puppy mill (awful stuff!!!). What possessed her to write to the rescue center asking for the little Chihuahua I have no idea. She says herself that she never ever considered a small dog before, she's always had big dogs, but she did write to their Facebook page asking for her. There were quite a lot of people who were interested in the little Chihuahua, but turns out Mandy was the one getting her.
You may wonder what that has to do with my new dog, I am getting there.
Considering I currently live with Mandy I was, of course, quite invested in the fact that she is getting a new dog. I was checking out their Facebook page, as well, to find the picture of Sally, which Mandy ended up calling her little Chihuahua, and while looking for the picture I stumbled upon a picture of a puppy called Snowy and that's how it all started. I remember thinking "that is one cute puppy" and kept browsing until I found the picture of Sally. The picture of Snowy kind of stuck in my mind. I was so curious who would ever leave a puppy and how a puppy ended up in a rescue so I went back on their page, this time to look for the picture of Snowy.
Ken, Mandy and I all drove up to Wicklow about 1-2 hours away to meet Sally. Sally was as tiny as she had looked in pictures and she became close to Mandy immediately. I kind of asked the woman who owned the rescue very carefully if there was any chance I could meet Snowy, I hadn't written to their Facebook so I wasn't sure if she was still there and I was actually quite sure that I didn't want a dog. Ken told me I should absolutely NOT ask because I wouldn't be able to leave it there. He was right. I met Snowy and fell in love with her. She was a high energy, happy, curious puppy. She is actually nothing like I ever expected my first dog to be like. I pictured myself with a light brown, calm Boston Terrier, but she is nothing like that and she came into my life at a moment I never expected a living puppy to come into my life! I always wanted a dog, but I've never had one before and no one in my family has ever had one. I told the kind lady that I wanted Holly. She seemed delighted to hear it. She gave me about two days to change my mind, but I was sure. We left the dogs there and agreed to pick them up the following week as they would be neutered and ready to go. I was getting so excited!
Waiting those days was torture. I couldn't wait to get started and just have her. It was the longest few days ever! Thankfully it gave me time to order a dog bed, dog bowl and I started reading about dogs. I've been reading so much Cesar Millan at this point I almost consider myself a dog person. I've learned SO MUCH! There is just so much to learn.
Finally the day came and I got my dog. I decided to rename her Holly instead of Snowy, but I also decided to, kind of, honor her previous name and name her Holly Snow.
The reason I didn't blog about it at the time was because I wasn't sure if it was going to happen and so on. I figured I'd rather tell the story in retrospect.
I hope you are all ready for some dog related blog post and a few puppy pics! I'm so excited for her to be part of my tiny family.