You may have seen some more recent pictures of new dogs who have joined our family! We now have FOUR! Yes, I know that’s a little crazy. If you don’t know anything about our first dog, Mia Mercedes, you can catch up here. Coby Royce was our second addition. He is a long-haired chihuahua who we took in from a family outside of Rochester. He was very shy and timid for the first few months at our house. It wasn’t until we took in our third dog, Lady Lexus, a Cocker Spaniel, that he really opened up. They instantly became best buds and even share a crate at night.
Lady came from a family in Syracuse who could no longer provide for her. She had recently had a litter of puppies and her owners were very overwhelmed. Matt was looking for a larger male Cocker Spaniel, but when we both saw Lady, we instantly fell in love! She is very petite for her bread. She was only 19lbs when we took her in – very small for a Cocker Spaniel. She is now about 22-23lbs and loves to gnaw on bones!!
Our fourth dog is semi-temporary. About four months ago, Matt’s grandfather was admitted to the hospital and then needed about two months of rehabilitation. He had a small dachshund named Brute. So we of course took him in, while he was unable to care for him.
When Matt’s grandfather was released from rehab, he moved into our home full-time so we could care for him and keep him safe. So Brute is now a permanent part of the canine family. It took him about three months to warm up to his new environment. For a long time, he was secluded to his crate and blanket – the only things that were familiar to him. Now since grandpa is home with us, he walks around the house with the other dogs and jumps up onto the couch to lay on grandpa lap. He runs to the door, to let us know when he needs to go potty, and barks when someone new enters our house.
Having four dogs has been an adjustment. I never thought I would have so many, but they all have a special place in my heart and it feels good knowing that they have a safe clean home with people who love them very much. Especially when there is so much animal cruelty in the world. We are making a difference – even if it’s a small one.
Sooner than later,