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Sunday, July 29, 2012

Meet Isha

I believe that I mentioned that just before our move we got a new puppy.  We had intended to wait until after we moved and got settled, but I had seen a picture of what was listed as a border collie mix puppy on our local Craigslist board, and they were only 6 weeks old at the time so I figured she'd be pretty laid back until after our big move.

Now the story of bringing home this puppy was a crazy one, full of excitement and mishaps.  My friend and I decided to go up together, because her husband was out of town and she thought the adventure would be fun.  So we drove the hour and 15 minutes to the town where the puppy "foster-er" had the litter.  When we arrived she had two bins of puppies, the bin with the puppies shown on Craigslist and the bin with another darker litter which she also claimed were border collie mixes.

The boys and I went straight to the bin of lighter puppies, and played with them all trying to decide which puppy would be ours.  I was instantly drawn to one particular puppy, but I wanted to be sure she was truly the right puppy for us.  She was our puppy and we chose her to come home with us.  My friend also chose a puppy, from the other bin, and he turned out to be a huge little guy once he started growing. 

So we all got in the car, 2 adults, 2 children, 2 toddlers, and 2 puppies and headed back home.  My friend decided that she needed puppy supplies and so we needed to stop at the pet store.  She moved the car over a lane and suddenly we heard this horrible noise.  She had blown a tire, and so she called for roadside assistance and they came but could not release the spare from underneath the car.  So a tow truck had to be called, which proved to be interesting since there were 6 people and 2 puppies in the car and the driver could only carry 2 people in his truck.  It was eventually decided that he would tow the car with us in it.

So we arrived at the tire store, and were told it would be a 45 minute wait for the tire to be repaired.  Luckily there was a Wendy's nearby where we got water for the puppies (one who cried the entire time since leaving the foster), and some food for the now very hungry children since it was 4:00 and we had left at 12:30.  After filling the bellies we went back for the car, which was ready, and then to the pet store for supplies. 

We arrived home at 7:30 that evening, so what should have been about 3 hours ended up taking all day.  I very seriously considered naming the puppy Calamity Jane, but decided against it since I didn't want her entire life to become a series of mishaps.  We instead called her Isha, which means woman, and we all know women are strong, independent, intelligent, and loyal (all the qualities we wanted in a dog). 

Here is a picture of Isha the day we brought her home. 

Isn't she just so cute and tiny?  We loved her and all her fluffy puppiness!

After a few weeks we determined that she was a Border Collie, Jack Russell Terrier mix which wasn't exactly what I wanted and really was something I never wanted but we loved her and so I decided to stick with her.  So far it seems that while she is a very hyper dog she is still a very good dog and we are happy with her.  We have since discovered that she also has some beagle in her. 

Here is a picture of her now, at 6.5 months old. 

She's still so cute, but not so tiny anymore!  She's also no longer  fluffy, and she's MUCH stronger now.  Her puppy biting stage has gone, and she's mostly obedient.  We still love her very much, and she makes us laugh at how she hops and bounds everywhere instead of walking and running.  Toys are much harder to find for her now since she likes to chew them apart and pull out the stuffing and squeakers.

Birbitt thinks puppies are such wonderful little things and bring laughter and joy to a home in a way no other animal can! :)


  1. I didn't remember y'all had decided she had beagle in her! Just like our Scout; their faces look almost identical! Isha's ears are bigger though.

  2. So that is what the rascal looks like. She has got that too innocent look down pat, I'd say.

  3. Yeah, she knows exactly how to look innocent! She's lucky she's cute!

  4. Such a nice story. Sounds like quite the adventure! Those always make the best stories though :)


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