Sunday, May 20, 2018

Welcome, Amber!

There's a new Morrison in the house! Meet Amber, a 1.5-year-old Rhodesian Ridgeback. 

MJ and I started discussing adding a dog to our house a few months ago. It's been a year since we lost Rory, and although no dog will ever replace her in our hearts, we felt ready to start fresh with a new canine kid. One thing led to another, and we learned about a female who needed a new home.

Amber is a former show dog whose owner decided she didn't want her anymore, since she wasn't winning in the show ring. But do the Morrisons care that her tail curls up? Heck no! Do we care that the breeder described her as "very high-energy"? Um ... yes, maybe that concerned me. But after many discussions with the breeder, videos, pictures, and reflection, we decided to take the plunge.

We drove to get her on Monday. MJ and I actually had a great time taking a road trip, just the two of us, like old times. Our trip went smoothly, and before long we were back home introducing Amber to the mini Morrisons. 

She's doing really well with the kids. Sweet Pea is normally very nervous around large dogs, but she's been surprisingly interested in Amber, wanting to feed her, give her treats, pet her, go outside with her. On the other hand, Amber is a little freaked out by Little Man. Hey, can you blame her? Five-year-old boys are not known for being calm, quiet, or predictable.

What we've learned about her so far:
- She is loving, sweet and affectionate.
- She walks nicely on a leash.
- She is very quiet. We still haven't heard her bark!
- She takes treats very gently.
- She is skittish and easily startled.
- She is an excellent car rider.
- She gives tiny kisses.
- She is not potty trained. UGH!!

So far we've taken her to two t-ball games and a food truck rally. All three times she was quiet, calm, gentle with all the kids and babies who wanted to pet her, and well-behaved around food. We really lucked out with this amazing dog!

We are full of love for our newest addition. She will be a wonderful companion to all of us. MJ and CC took her for a walk the first morning and calculated that if Amber lives as long as Rory did, CC will be 19 when she passes away. Goodness, what a thought! 

Cheers to another doggie lifetime of love! Now we just need to get her spayed.

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