We have some huge new family news but first a little knitting. I finished the scarf for my Gram. This is the yarn and pattern that I bought at Morehouse Farms when I went to meet Jennifer. Simple Feather & Fan but I can't tell you how many times I had to frog back several (once it was about six inches) rows to fix an error. I even tried once to just drop down the stitches where the repeat error was but I made a bigger mess of it. Click on the pic for a bigger view. This merino yarn was SO soft and the colors are beautiful. Because I used two skeins, I did two rows and then switched skeins so that the color variation would be more even. There was quite a difference which gives it that striped effect.
Now the big news...
We'd been toying with the idea of getting a companion for Aggie. We thought about a puppy and then thought we'd look into rescue. Cavs are such a great dog that there aren't a lot of them in rescue (well, one is too many, but compared to other breeds there aren't a lot of them) but I looked anyway. And then we saw this guy who was rescued by Lucky Star Cavalier Rescues from a Missouri puppy mill. These two photo were taken after he'd been in rescue care for about a month.
When he was rescued he had a terrible case of mange. You've seen Aggie and other healthy Cavs on Kim's blog, so you can see how badly he was treated. He's also deaf, which no doubt in my mind, is due to ear infection, I could be wrong but it wouldn't surprise me at all.
So I wrote to his foster mom and told her we'd love to bring him home and give him the love he needs. Sadly, she wrote back that he was already being adopted. We wrote back and forth a few more times and last Thursday morning must have been our lucky day because I got an email from his foster mom saying that the adoption had fallen through and if we were serious we could have him! I would have left right then and there but we had Joe's parent/teacher conference Friday morning. As soon as that was over I hit the road for the twelve-hour drive through NY, NJ, WV, PA, OH to IN to pick him up. About halfway there I was thinking, "What the hell am I doing"... do you have any idea how wide PA is?! It was 730 miles each way... at least 400 of that was PA! lol.
The second I saw him I knew it was worth every single mile and every gallon of gas. He is the sweetest dog I've ever met. It was a pretty full weekend getting him accustomed to our home but he's fitting right in. He's very skittish. It's hard to remember that he's deaf. He can hear a loud whistle, shout or when Aggie barks but that's about it. Aggie, the priss that she is, growled at him as soon as I brought him in the house but we layed her on her back and let him smell her and she's been fine since. Here's the proof:
His birthday is listed as 2/1/2005 so he's six months older than Aggie.
I'll keep you posted on Lucky's progress. He's going to be absolutely gorgeous when his coat comes back in and he gains some weight but it doesn't matter. He's such a sweetheart and cuddler I'm completely in love with him already. Who couldn't be?
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