No animal will be able to replace Nikita. It’s just not possible. She was a part of our family for 9 years. She lived with us in 3 different states; Mark chased her in all 3 of those states. We miss her very much.
But we realized that we also really missed having a dog. T borrowed a dog encyclopedia from a friend and has asked me to look up about 50 breeds on petfinder.com. I admit to having been really interested in a mastiff that was in Baltimore; the rest of the family out-voted me.
For the last week we have been looking, online, at an Akita mix named Skylar that was at a no-kill shelter in Georgetown DE. (We are only 10 minutes from the Delaware border.) In her video she loved chasing balls and frisbees and seemed like a really fun-loving animal. The info said she was good with kids. So I emailed them to find out if she was still there and so we ventured up on Thursday night to meet her. Her history is that she came to the shelter as a puppy and was there for some time. She was adopted out to a young man who took excellent care of her but lost his job and couldn’t keep her when he moved in with family. He had reported that she was a great house dog. She seemed sweet, but it’s tough to really know what a dog is like at a shelter. We filled out the paperwork to adopt her but couldn’t come back for her until this morning. (Saturday.) They don’t hold dogs but told us that, as she had been there about 6 months, it was unlikely she’d be gone by Saturday. Last night right before they closed we called to make sure she was still available and, luckily, she was.
This morning Mark and E ventured north to pick her up while T and I ran some errands and got her a new collar and tag plus some toys.
Mark and E stopped at PetSmart on the way home because they realized that they had forgotten to tell us to get dog shampoo. Apparently a woman in the store said “Oh! She’s so spoiled!” which made Mark laugh and say “Well, we’ve only had her about an hour.”
They say she was great in the car and she was certainly excited to come in the house. We gave her a bath and she’s explored her lead. She’s taken a walk and played. So far she has a fabulous temperament.
She’s sweet and friendly and loves to get love. She is going to need stronger chew toys as she has already destroyed 3 chew bones. She’s going to need at least one walk a day and I think the kids will certainly get stronger arms as she is the strongest tug-of-war player I’ve ever met. But we think she’s going to fit in just fine.
We loved our Siberian but we are not wed to a breed. We like sweet family dogs, and I think we’ve found the one for us.