This is Thor, our newest adopted family member!
We had been discussing getting a pet for awhile. Â Megan keptÂ asking sweetly for a puppy. We enjoy fish, but they don’t seem to do well for us. Cats are okay, as long as they are the neighbor’s extremely friendly barn cats. Â The kids have adopted the neighbor’s alpacas too. Â But that is not the same as a pet friend who lives with us.
About three weeksÂ ago, we heard about a dog who’s owner was moving to a smaller house and could not bring his 5 year old English mastiff with him. Â Allan decided to go visit the dog. He seemed like a nice dog, obedient and got to know Allan quickly. Â Then I went to visit and thought he was BIG and SLOBBERY.
We talked about it. Â We decided to take the kids without letting them know why we were looking. Â Then Megan saw a video with big dogs. Â She started talking more about how she wanted a dog. Â A big dog, like a horse!
The kids really liked Thor. It did not take long for him to warm up to Mark though Megan complained he was not big enough. Â I still thought he was BIG and SLOBBERY.
Thor seems to be a great dog. Â He rarely barks, and when he does, we pay attention. Â After some oneÂ throws the kong for him to chase, Thor will happily come inside and rest by someone. Â He obeys everyone, exceptÂ Megan. I don’t think he understands her language.
Thor is learning thatÂ he belongs. Â He claimed Mark and, though stairs are hard for him, he chose to sleep downstairs in Mark’s room. Â He sits on the porch watching the kids do school work or play. Â When we had a storm, he came into our room–he is not allowed– and, just like one of my sick kids, wanted me to comfort him. Â Then he slept on the floor until the storm passed. Â He makes the rounds every night to be sure everyone is tucked in before he curls up by Mark’s bed.
I still think he is BIG and SLOBBERY. Â But I like him.