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A week or two before NN12, the kids asked Mr. Brillig and I to come sit down and watch a powerpoint presentation. Before you wonder, K1 is a skilled presentation creator. She's done many of them in school. When I was her age, we did our presentations on PAPER. And we liked it that way! ... I digress...

What, you ask, was the topic? The pros and cons of bringing a second dog into the household. They've been campaigning for a year to have a second dog, and wanted to show they'd done due diligence about the real issues involved.  We watched, were impressed by the thoughtfulness, and agreed to think about it.

The more I thought about it... because, face it, I'm the one home all day and in reality it's ME who will be primary caregiver to this potential new dog... the more I liked the idea. Vorpal, heretofore known as D1 definitely likes being around other dogs, we have a fenced-in yard where they can play, and more dog meant more opportunities to pet, snuggle and go for the walks that I need to stay fit. So once we'd gotten through NN12, a crazy stretch of early mornings and late nights for Mr. Brillig on a work deadline, K2's 7th birthday party and the fun of July 4th fireworks, we began looking at local shelter websites.

Last Thursday, off we went to the shelter we'd adopted D1 from. A quick check of the available dogs suggested two possibilities. We did the “meet-n-greet” with both, and while they each had plusses and minuses (as does ANY potential dog) we decided to proceed with the REAL test: how each interacted with D1. The shelter had a fenced-in area where we could introduce them one by one, and... both seemed fine. We asked the kids, and... yes, as expected, K1 and K2 had fallen in love with different dogs. While both said they'd “be ok if the other dog was chosen” we decided it wasn't fair to anyone involved, and with much tears (and a very, VERY silent ride home) we left sans a second dog. We had agreed that Our New Dog would be agreed on by everyone, canine and human, and while both were wonderful dogs, they weren't Our Dog.

By Friday everyone had calmed down a bit, and we set out for two other shelters. The first had potentials but we ALL agreed Our Dog wasn't there. The second shelter had a fantastic assortment of dogs, and we spread out to see all the friendly faces.

Then I saw her standing there, a beautiful, 18 month old Redbone Coonhound named Ruby:
Ruby at Shelter

 Did I mention D1 is a Plott Hound? She was friendly, gorgeous, and the info on the kennel door said she was good with kids and other dogs. A meet-n-greet was wildly successful, with both kids ignoring every other dog in the shelter to coo and fawn over Ruby. We introduced the two dogs, and it was clear this was going to work. Paperwork was filled out, a 24hr mandatory wait was endured, and the next day D2, aka Snicker, came home:


We won't mention that not only does D2 get carsick, she didn't use the little hounds tree before she got in the minivan. Enzymatic cleaners work wonders, just sayin'.

D1's been pretty good about the whole thing. She's being treated as alpha dog, getting first dibs on doorways, humans and food (plus the coveted spot on the couch with whoever's sitting there). This morning they actually played together, D1 chasing D2 around, and around, and around the back yard. Meaning I had tired dogs this afternoon. Which, as dog owners know, is a Good Thing.

Getting a picture of them both doing the same thing (sitting, standing, laying down) has been impossible so far, but here's our best attempts:

Sure, we'll hang out in the kitchen:


D1 in her spot:
Vorpal First Nite

D2 in hers:
Snicker First Nite

So, as a friend said, with the K's and D's, we're almost ready to do complex equations using only family variables :). Let the mayhem begin, and I'd love to hear your pet stories in the comments!

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