But there was definitely a void that had been growing, and in recent months we have increasingly found ourselves thinking about and discussing when the right time might be for our next canine adventure.
Although one of the kids when asked definitely preferred the chaotic excitement of a friendly beagle, we all agreed that there were merits to considering other breeds. Especially if our next dog was to again be a shelter rescue.
After missing out on a large but friendly-seeming wolfhound mix during a recent visit to the THS (he was adopted the same afternoon by another family), we began to discuss the possibility of our next dog more seriously. We had a benefactor who loves dogs and was willing to commit considerable finances to the project, but didn't want to commit time.
We had or could arrange time.
So, after surfing the THS website, we narrowed it down to two options: Bagel, a beagle mix (yes, again, cringe!) and Zorro, a mastiff-boerboel cross who we feared might be too large for airline travel restrictions (think summers on PEI), but whom we at least wanted to enquire about because he seemed so lovely and smart.
I sought input from and sent links off to the kids, who were enjoying a visit across on the car ferry to Halifax with their dad, and called the Humane Society to see about these two mutts.
While I was ready to consider it a sign that maybe we should wait after all, my partner had now been sucked into my enthusiasm for moving forward and had her heart set on getting a dog, any dawg (well, any reasonably "good" dog!), so we decided to pay a visit to one of the branches of the Toronto Animal Services.
And so it came to be that Tats adopted the dog formerly known as Whoopi, an extremely energetic and enthusiastic lab mix "stray surrender".
She's already shown herself to be a good sport, riding on the subway, and trying very hard to sit when we tell her to, and visiting a dog park near to where we were volunteering with the PrideHouse 2015 last night. She has been readily making friends both four- and two-legged! (Tied outside the cafe where we had dinner afterwards, she stopped nearly every passer-by and demanded petting and snuggling and smiles!)
We are looking forward to taking Sneakers (or "Snickers", depending on how the mood strikes you) with us to PEI next week where she can run off the boundless energy she has currently been expending in the fenced-in yard of a friend with who we've been visiting here in Toronto!
Have crate, will travel -- look out, PEI, here comes Sneakers!!! :D