I'll start with sharing about our new family member!
I first saw Spanky a few weeks before Christmas. While Christmas shopping with my mom one Saturday we had to stop in Hollywood Feed to get Elle some treats.
We walk in and I see this....
Spanky (front and center) with his brother Rascal to the right, and sister Darla in the back.
They were so sweet all cuddled up together and I was immediately drawn to Spanky for his sweet and scruffy face.
They were there with a local rescue group (Tails of Hope Dog Rescue) and after talking to the lady that rescued them I fell even more in love. Spanky and his siblings are doxie mixes. Yes...Spanky's mom was a dachsund. Surprising because he looks nothing like one! His dad had to be some sort of terrior based on his scruffyness. His mom had mange really bad and the puppies developed it soon after birth because their bodies didn't have the antibodies to fight off the little mites.
At just a few weeks old their mom passed away and the pups were left in a shelter....
In comes Tails of Hope to the rescue. They took in the three sweet mange covered babies and nursed them back to health.
After hearing his story and seeing his sweet face, I couldn't help but think about him all weekend long.
I went back and forth thinking "We don't need two dogs", "But he's so cute, maybe we could handle it."
Michael was all for me getting him; I was just stubborn and overthinking things as usual. By Monday evening I knew I had to have him. I put in an application online and somewhat already began claiming him as mine.
Over a week went by with no word from the rescue group. I was anxious and distraught thinking that I was too late and someone else applied for him before me. With each new picture they posted of him on thier Facebook page, I became more and more obsessed.
Finally, while doing a final walk through at our home before closing, I got a phone call. Indeed, I was the first application of several that had come in for Spanky! (praise the Lord!) He still did not have a clean scrape for the mange so I had to wait 3 more weeks for him to get a rescrape before I could officially adopt him. (Bummer!)
I wanted him with us at Christmas soo bad but I knew it was best for him to get well before coming to his new environment. Finally in January, two weeks after moving into our home, Spanky got to come live with us!
I was thrilled and we immediately fell in love! He came into our home that night and acted like it was his from the start! He was loving on everyone, playing with toys and running around as happy as could be!
I am one proud momma. We have become that couple that posts pictures of our dogs all the time....they are just too cute though.
It took Macy and Spanky about a week before they were completely comfortable with each other.
Now, they sleep in the same cage, cuddle on the couch, and play all day long. They are the definition of best buds and we love seeing them together.
Enjoy the picture overload below as you see how he has grown and our life with Spanky since January!
First night with his new family.
First time we caught them lounging on the couch together.
First road trip. They had me cracking up the whole time.
Such a cuddle bug. As much as I like to say he is momma's boy...he sure loves his daddy.
Lounging in the new mulch.
Thank you for bringing so much joy and life to our home Spanky. I couldn't imagine life without you.
You are the scruffiest, cutest thing and I am so completely smitten.
So now that you have officially met Spanky it won't be any surprise if I bring him up or you see random pictures of him.
Until next time!