I know, I know, I know, it'll be madness and mayhem and yes, I know I've just paid a fortune for my beautiful curtains and the house is nearly done.
But when Joe cried big wet tears on Dan’s birthday because he missed Mungo so, my heart just twanged and all the negative thoughts, negative conversations and all round negativity about having a puppy just dissipated and I knew that this family needed a dog again.
Timing, luck, fate call it what you will but it just so happened that a wonderful Labrador locally had recently had a litter of nine. Dan and I visited and well, it was a given (what a surprise!). Jessie the mummy was so lovely, relaxed and calm and so accepting of kisses and strokes from Tom even when she was trying to have a well deserved rest from her two-week-old teeny, squeaky baby seals (well that's what they look like to me!).
Dan and I were allowed to peep through the window and Jessie's owner chatted with us to I guess ensure we were suitable prospective parents! Luckily she didn't interview the children!
The end result is that we have now introduced Gus to Maddie, Tom and Joe and we are all utterly smitten and are receiving adorable pictures of him and little updates as we patiently wait for July when he will be ours.
Naming him was actually easier than I had anticipated. Maddie and I were bandying around Biscuit, Caramel, Poppet etc etc (you can sense these didn't quite fit with Dan's image of his boy).
So after thinking more down the Roman, Greek, Biblical route, one evening Dan woke and pronounced Augustus to be a fine name for a boy and thinking of mine and Maddie’s pets names so far - Twinkle our cat and remember Petal, Leaf, Flo and Elsie and Sparkle our first chickens - I'm guessing calling ‘Gus’ from across the fields feels a little safer for Dan! Maddie on the other hand was distraught and took a couple of days to settle in to it, though I'm now happy to report she's happy too!
It's been some time since we've been responsible for such a tiny thing, as Mungolina ( yes I named her not Dan!) was 14 and a half when she died, so a learning curve is ahead of us.
He comes from an incredible line, his mummy and daddy are super gun dogs, so whilst training will be a necessity, I'm hoping it'll be in his blood and he'll adapt to our busy loving family with ease. We are all looking forward to loving him and in doing so remembering our special girl Mungo. You know it didn't feel right to have a black lab this time so we thought we'd go blonde! And in fact Gus and I seem to share the same colour hair dye – warm blonde!
So.any top tips and advice will be most well received and I hope you're as pleased for us as we are. Oh, and any ‘are you mad?’ comments will be erased! Just so I can stay in this zone of delight and anticipation at least for a little while longer…
Lots of love from,
Dan, Claire, Tom, Joe, Maddie and Augustus Xxxxxxxxxxx