Okay, no more teasing. Alex and I got a puppy. She's a 9 week 5 day old purebred female black lab donated to Canine Support Teams by Oak Canyon Labs. It's no coincidence that we picked her up when Charlie went back for training, we found out two weeks ago that she'd be ours and so Charlie's recall was pushed back so we wouldn't have to make the 1800 mile round trip twice.
Her name? Oh yes, sorry. CST was amazing enough to name her Tiki for me. We found out we could raise here the same day Tiki the elephant died. Coreena asked if they would be willing to name her Tiki for me and they did! There's something amazing thinking about the legacy Tiki the elephant left behind and all the good Tiki the puppy could do.
^First bath, mid-shake^
^She makes my heart melt a little bit^
^Oh, sweet chubby puppy!^
At this point Tiki seems to be a very confident puppy who isn't afraid to try things. This confidence may make things challenging, but right now I'm just thankful to not have an anxious puppy. She seems to be fitting in well. We are allowed to take her out in public before she gets all her shots, we just have to carry her. I haven't decided yet if we will or not, maybe a few quick in and outs but no big outings as there are other ways to socialize a puppy and I feel if you socialize correctly, you have more opportunities to help the dog be successful and well-adjusted.
Oh, Tiki, welcome home!
More photos and stories to come!