Ever since we moved to our property a year ago we wondered if it was the right time to get a family dog. It just seemed like living on a farm and having a dog should go hand in hand! I was really hesitant to have a puppy to train so we started looking around for a "previously owned" dog. That's when our good friends told us that their parents were selling their farm and needed a new home for their 2 black labs.
After meeting the dogs a few weeks ago, we decided it was a good fit. So this past Saturday we adopted 1-year-old Marley and her mother, 6(?)-year-old Koda.
Koda was hit by a car as a puppy and has lived most of her life with the use of only 3 legs. She holds up her lifeless front right paw and hops along on her left. When you first watch her lumber around you tend to feel a little bit sorry for her, but if you wait long enough she'll spy one of the cats and amaze everyone with her speed and agility!
We were given the option to just take the younger dog, but after observing the 2 of them together we just couldn't split them up. Without Koda, Marley's hyper puppy-like nature would probably take over. But with the calming presence of her 3-legged Mama, she seems much more relaxed.
They're just like 2 peas in a pod.
And so, the animal to people ratio just continues to grow around here...