Rusty’s arrival truly was the beginning of a new era in our household. Our last little pal, Dusty, had left us some eleven years before, and in that time we had talked quite often about giving another little dog a home. But somehow we never quite got around to it. There was always something else to do, or somewhere else to go, or some other convenience-based reason for the time being not quite right.
But then last year it just all fell in to place – like dominoes all set up and just waiting for the big finger. We found him, he was available, he was adorable (though we would never tell him that), and our circumstances meant it was just the right time for a little puppy therapy.
When we brought him home he immediately began the feeling-out process. He had the kitchen – it was far bigger than the pen he had lived in at the farm; he had his own place to explore, and explore it he did. He had his own dish, his own toys, his own bed. I have to say, even before we got him home we went to great pains to make him feel comfortable. Here he is in his bed about ten minutes after we brought him in to the house.
He seemed very contemplative. I do think it was a little like camping for him – out in the woods with these two nice, though strange people, greatly missing his siblings back at the farm. I remember that he sighed a lot.
He had a kennel, too – that is where he would be spending his nights. His first night was loud. There was anger and sadness and fear in his little yelps and chirps and whistles – a dark space in a strange place. I remember I slept very lightly that night – not because I particularly wanted to but because someone kept waking me up.
The next day we did the first formal pose to memorialize his puphood forever. Out to the front lawn we went. He was intrigued by it all – but not yet confident enough in us or his surroundings to presume that he was free to play.
I can’t think of a better way to address today’s challenge – Beginnings – than with the very first formal picture we took of our little dog, Rusty.
Give your dog a hug today.