In early February, I picked Dara up after an anxious two-week wait.  I’ve renamed her Roxanne – Roxy! – because she is a little girl with so much spunk.  It seems to suit her very well and everyone who meets her thinks so too.  When we got home, Roxy ran around exploring, a little unsure of her new digs, but not afraid either.  We spent a lot of time cuddling and playing and she settled in quickly.  Our first night she had a great sleep (though I think I slept with one eye open) and we quickly established our bond and our new routine.

Roxy has become a bit of an office mascot too as I brought her into work with me.  She gets spoiled with belly rubs by my coworkers at the office.  She’s also met my friends and family who all immediately took a liking to her.  We went to visit Grandma and Grandpa for a weekend and she LOVED playing with Grandpa as well as being out in the country (like at her foster home) and the big house to explore.  Her Aunties came to visit us another weekend and spoiled us both with lots of new things for Roxy including a new “wabbit” hunting outfit.

It’s been almost 4 weeks now and we’ve both come a long way.  Roxy and I started obedience classes and she is a smart cookie, learning quickly – although she is easily distracted by all the other playful pups!  I love seeing her smile at me when I wake up in the morning, as well as when I come home from being out.  It’s nice to have someone so excited to see you and it makes me excited too.

Now we can’t wait until spring when we’ll be able to go for long walks by the river and in the park.  Thanks to foster mommy Lee and CCRT for helping me make this beautiful connection.