I haven’t been blogging for a while and there is a good reason – meet our new family member Dakota! There was a void in our home and hearts after we lost our beloved dog Sammie in June. I was not sure when would be the right time if ever to get another dog but then the boys started asking for a puppy after we returned from Ireland. So the search for Dakota began.
Our first challenge was finding a type of dog we all liked and one that would fit in with children and cats. We looked at some rescue dogs and even visited a breeder in Pennsylvania but none of them felt right. Then one day my husband emailed me a picture of an Australian Shepherd he saw on a breeder’s website from Oklahoma. As soon as I saw her picture I fell in love and at that moment I knew she would be part of our family.
After contacting the breeder Carla and going over the logistics of bringing a puppy from Oklahoma everything fell into place pretty quickly. Before I knew it I was tracking her flights from Oklahoma to Houston and then to New Jersey. On our way to the airport there was a beautiful sunset and I recalled a similar sunset on the night we lost Sammie. It was as if Sammie was telling us it was okay and giving her approval. At that moment tears of sadness and happiness filled my eyes. We will never forget Sammie but are looking forward to many years of joy with our new angel Dakota.