I apologize for being nonexistent this past week.
As some of you know, we lost our sweet Mia girl on Thursday. I really need to thank you all for your prayers…..you have no idea how completely touched we are that some of you (who we don’t even know personally!) have prayed for us. Your comments have been so incredibly sweet. Although we are still grieving and most likely will be for a long time, we have peace in knowing that our best friend is no longer suffering. If you have ever lost a beloved pet before, I know you understand what we are going through.
On that note, we have welcomed a new addition to our home which has helped keep our spirits up. I introduce to you…….our new little man, Ammo.
I’d just like to say that everyone grieves differently, and this is how we are grieving. When Pat and I were married, we had discussed the fact that Mia was unfortunately not a superdog who would live forever…and we were in agreement on getting a new dog right away when that time came. We’ve actually had enough money in our emergency fund for this exact reason for years now.
(Side note: I’ve already heard some people in our lives comment that we are “crazy” or that they “don’t understand” why we would get a new dog right away, and to you I have to say…..mind ya business. Be supportive, be understanding, respect our emotions and allow us to grieve how we choose. Please, and thank you. :))
So today, my bloggy friends, I’d like to tell you the “story” of our Ammo.
We found Ammo through a Rottweiler breeder in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. Leola, PA to be exact. Now…I’ve been near this part of PA multiple times. My family has vacationed at Hershey Park, Dorney Park, and many other places in PA. BUT….I never remembered being this far into the farm country of PA.
Turns out, Ammo was raised on an Amish farm. Which was a little confusing because I didn’t realize the Amish use the internet…unless they are keeping up with modern technology? Or someone posted the listing for them? (Or maybe I’m just that ignorant. I’m sorry if I offend.) The family was so wonderfully sweet, and had close to 10 children who were in the yard playing with all of the puppies. They were understanding of our situation, and expressed their condolences. We met the mom of the litter who reminded me so much of our Mia girl. It made me incredibly emotional on the car ride home, but I was so pleased to know our new little pup had such a sweet parent. The dad? Well that’s a different story. Let’s just say they kept him in the barn…..
Ammo’s original name was Sanders…but that just didn’t fit. You see, Pat has recently become NRA certified to teach the pistol safety course. And being a former Army man, guns are his “thing.” So naturally, Ammo was the perfect choice of a name for this chapter in our lives.
Ammo did remarkably well during the 4 hour car ride home. He sat comfortably on my lap, and barely made a peep. However, he STUNK of cow manure. Like…stunk. Like….I wanted to vomit. But apparently in Leola, PA, that’s a normal smell because even the gas station stunk of manure! Farm country at its finest. But really? I would actually love to live on a farm, regardless of smells. 🙂
So far, Ammo has been great. He has really taken to Pat, which is just what Pat needs during this time. We’ve had minimal accidents….even when he broke through the barricade we created in the kitchen to prevent him from running through the house while we were at work. Shockingly, no poop/pee anywhere! He’s also been sleeping through the night. And getting along with the crazy cat just fine. Here he is playing with our friend’s daughter…who calls him “Aim-mo.” 🙂
I do, however, feel like I have a toddler. But we love him so much, it’s worth it. While he no replacement of Mia, he is his own little maniac. Our Ammo. We are looking forward to many years of joy with this little pup. I’m sure you’ll be reading more about him.
This past week has been bittersweet, but I’m relieved in knowing the worst is over, and we are on the other side. We are hoping for a much better rest of the year, as this one definitely got off to a rough start.
I have made some bloggy goals for myself, which I’ll be posting about tomorrow. Thank you all for your prayers and support again. And I promise more pictures of our handsome boy 🙂