Chris surprised me with the ultimate rom-com-worthy Valentine's Day present this weekend, a sweet little puppy. We have talked endlessly about getting another dog. About whether or not we were emotionally ready and up for the major responsibility of puppy-hood. I've been hesitant because I don't know if I'll ever fully heal from losing Roxy. We've asked our friends to babysit their dogs which has helped us cope immensely and possibly made us ready for the next step of adopting again. When I finally gave Chris the okay, he tirelessly searched rescue sites for the perfect puppy. I kind of put it in his hands because I couldn't bring myself to start looking. And then, he found her - in Bakersfield with a rescue called H.A.L.T. He had a gut feeling she'd be the one for us so he told me was working and made the 6 hour trip on Valentine's Day to get her. Charlie was abandoned in an orchard with her brothers and sisters so she is really timid with her new surroundings right now. She's unsure of our affection but doesn't reject it so I'm pretty sure she's going to be a little cuddle bug once she's comfortable. She's part Husky, part Shepard, has the softest fur, floppy ears and eyes that will melt your heart.
So there you have it, the first page of a new chapter in our lives. As we continue to cope with the loss of our beloved Roxy, we hope our hearts will begin to heal by pouring our love into another beautiful little being.