We are back from our overnight road-trip that took us near the border of Virginia and Tennessee to celebrate a milestone birthday of a friend many of you know, Lynn of Rocky Creek Scotties. Lynn is the person we got Todd from, so of course he accompanied me on this trip. Despite the cold pouring rain for most of the day, it stopped just before dinner making it a perfect evening to enjoy really great food, live Blue Grass music and the chance to make new friends and see a few members of Todd's family. Unfortunately because the darkness the pictures I took of Todd's little family reunion didn't turn out so well, but Todd (bottom left of photo below) is still the biggest in his family.
It was really a great time, and Todd really loved the bed in the hotel.
But it was NOT just Todd and I in the hotel room and Lynn's birthday party wasn't our only reason for our visit to her neck of the woods. Those of you who are "friends" with me on Facebook know that I've been really missing having a senior-male-Golden Retriever as part of our household. I've even been combing listings of dogs on the websites of other rescues in hopes of finding that senior boy that has been so elusive. But fate seems to have played a card because Lynn works with someone who had a 12 year old male Golden Retriever that they were hoping to rehome. To respect the family's privacy I won't go into the details about them and only say that because of the very long hours that 'Shadow' was being left alone, it was felt that it was unfair for him to spend so much time by himself. We all know that lives change and I respect this family for making what I know is a tough choice, and trusting us to give 'Shadow' a good home.
We met Shadow on Saturday and he has become the newest addition to our home. He has enjoyed a good life and has been very well cared for and loved. He's easy going and very affectionate. But for whatever reason he and Todd got off on the wrong foot--However they made up in the hotel and are just fine. The intros to the rest of the pack went really well, even Sunny was fine with him. Unfortunately in my discussions with the previous owner, I never asked if he got along with cats and we had a little incident with our cat late last night. CC is just fine, and I think that once he learns that she is to left alone, (a lesson many dogs have had to learn) I think Shadow is going to be just what I already think he is, a wonderful addition to the gang at Golden Pines.
Post Script: Sunny remains with us for now. I will do an update on him very soon.