As I mentioned in a previous post, we very recently adopted two puppies from a local shelter. Doc and Mack were welcomed home just over a week ago, and I am so thankful we have them in our lives.
We originally wanted two boy puppies, ideally from the same litter. We adopted from Dapper Dog, Hopeful Tails
rescue in Nyack, NY. We loved the shelter--it's run by caring people who are honestly just trying to find a home for all these dogs. They recently received about a dozen puppies who were rescued from the Mexican border. They had lots of options, but we were drawn to Mack and Doc right away. They were the ones.
Mack, on the right above, is a heeler mix. When we adopted her, she* was only just 8 weeks old. Doc is a lab mix, and he was about 11 weeks at the time of adoption.
*So, there were a few days where we thought Mack was a boy. That happened. I hope she isn't confused now.
This picture is actually so indicative of each of their personalities. So far, Doc is the cuddly one while Mack is a bit more independent. Doc always wants to be where the people are, and if those people happen to be in the kitchen, even better. The second you sit down he climbs into your lap and settles in--it's so cute!
Mack is a bit more okay without constant human attention. She isn't one to jump or climb into your lap, but she does like physical proximity. I found that whenever we were all in the kitchen talking, Mack would get up from her little spot on the rug and plant herself right at my feet. If she was ever scared or unsure of herself, she immediately runs to the closest human. While Doc sees it his rightful place to be on your lap, Mack is much more contented to curl up next to you and know you're there. You can definitely tell these puppies were taken from their mothers way too young.
Choosing names was, of course, incredibly important. We named Harry after the dog in Harry the Dirty Dog,
a favorite children's book of ours. We wanted to honor Harry by naming our new puppies after literary characters. Seeing as John Steinbeck has been a family favorite, as well as a favorite author of my late grandmother, we knew we had to consider his characters.
Both Doc and Mack are characters featured in Cannery Row. Doc is the highly-esteemed marine biologist, the nicest and smartest man in Cannery Row. Mack is the intelligent leader of the local group of bums ("Mack and the boys"). We think these are perfect names (even if Mack the puppy is a girl!).
The morning after we brought our new puppies home we spread Harry's ashes in the backyard, his favorite place. I like that we've sort of come full circle-- just as we welcome Mack and Doc into our home, we say a final goodbye to Harry. We still miss him lots, though.
On another note, today marks one year since my grandma's passing. I've been thinking about family a lot today, and in this season of gratitude, with everything going on, I can't tell you how happy and thankful I am to have what I have and to be in this moment right now.
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