Lily has wanted a puppy for the longest time. She's asked and asked and my response was always "when we are down an animal" as we had our two dogs and two cats for the longest time. When Zoey died in the fall, followed by Taz (our cat), Lily continued to ask. She wanted a puppy for Christmas. Who doesn't? But we knew with our schedule, that a puppy in the middle of the school year was not right.
Enter Lily's birthday. She turned 9 in May and we went to go pick out a dog together. I had stalked every dog rescue and/or local pet store that does adoption events. I went in and fell in love with many bigger dogs, but she wanted something small. We found a semi-local place (as in it was over two hours away) and went to visit it the day before her birthday.
She fell in love with this puppy. She was one of four that were there that day. Snickers is a King Cavalier mixed with Brussels Griffon and is the cutest thing. She's also a crazy thing who loves to chew on people, velcro, and shoes that are left out. She's not house trained but we are working on it!
Krypto, our American Bulldog and Lab mix, is handling her. I think he was a little lonely after Zoey died. He has turned into a grumpy old man some days and will growl at her as she bites him. It's the only time I've ever heard him growl.