Monday, September 17, 2012

Introducing Vasa!

A few weeks ago, when we were feeling really down about living in the basement and still not having a house of our own, we rebelled by doing something really irresponsible.

We bought a second dog. 

We've been talking about getting a second dog for a long time. I love dogs and Calhoun loves dogs and loves to hunt. We got Sogn after years of discussion, persuasion, and careful planning. It was a great decision, Sogn is an absolute joy and we love having him around every day. It wasn't so long after getting him that Calhoun figured out that, as an upland bird hunter, a pointer would also be an excellent hunting dog and that Sogn is a pretty social dog and would really enjoy having a buddy. So, I started pushing for a second dog - and after years of discussion, persuasion, and not-so-careful planning we added another furry member to our family!

To his credit, Calhoun did a ton of research, met dogs and watched bird dog trials. When I mentioned that I wanted an adult dog, not a puppy, he zeroed in on a trainer in South Carolina who was training dogs from a line he really liked.

And a few weeks ago the stars aligned for us. The timing felt right to make a really irresponsible decision and we bought a dog and scheduled shipping to Minneapolis.

After attending an incredible wedding this weekend, and celebrating with friends, we stopped by the cargo pickup area at the MSP International Airport and picked up Vasa, a fully finished English Pointer  who has never set paw in Minnesota before.

He has been wonderful dog so far. Vasa is truly a kennel dog, having been trained on a quail plantation  who has a kennel facility. He is an outside kennel dog and everything that suggests. Even though he's not sure what his name is and pees on concrete, he loves to be petted and is so sweet. It will take some time to introduce him to the finer things in life: carpet, hearth fires, treats, car rides, and flannel sweater vests. But he has major potential and we are so happy that he is finally here.

Sogn seems to be having some mixed feelings about this whole thing, we're taking the introduction slow and we'll keep you posted!

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