Most of you know that we lost both of our dogs, Scoutypants and Virgil, last Wednesday.  Hubby and I were/are heartbroken.

For me, the best way to heal this kind of a wound, is to save a life – or two.

Hubby and I went to the local shelters but there were no puppies.  We considered older dogs (and actually would like to have been able to adopt an older dog) but came to the conclusion that with 4 cats and 9 horses here, we needed to be very careful on who we brought home.  Some of you may remember Bosco, Hubby’s foster McNab, who we could not keep away from the horses…not good.

On Monday, I remembered about Craigslist.  I’m not sure why I hadn’t even thought of it… but I hadn’t.  Anyway, on Craigslist, there were lots of puppies.  Most were Christmas Puppies (shudder) and were out of my price range.  So, I looked further away… and found these ‘free’ puppies about 3.5 hours away from us.


They were listed as a free ‘oops’ litter.  The mother is a Walker Coonhound.  Father?  They think it was the neighbor’s lab mix.

Virgil was a Coonhound and I knew that Hubby likes the hounds.   I knew he’d love this tri-colored pup.

I thought I wanted another English Mastiff, but I was really taken by the face on the black girl.

So, I asked the owner if he would hold them for us – and that Hubby and I could be there the next day (today).

He said he would.

We brought two baskets with blankets. They started out on the drive in one basket

They were a bit rambunctious.


We left the house at 6am so we could get there and back without traffic.

On the drive there, we had a few other puppies we could also meet in the area, in case these two didn’t work out.

I wouldn’t say we were anxious or excited.  We were reserved.  I guess I didn’t want two girls, in case they decided to fight each other when they grew up.  I thought we’d take ONE of these pups and then go see another pup in the area.  However, the one other male pup we wanted to see… the owner had gone DARK since Monday and I hadn’t heard a thing so I wasn’t sure if he was available…

No names yet… Hubby is thinking about “VIOLET BEAUREGARD” from Willy Wonka for the tri-colored. This girl is very busy, always moving.

I’m thinking about “Vivienne” or Vivvey for her. Not sure. She’s very reserved and quiet. Her coat is actually brindled – but very lightly.  I think their Dad might have had some Pit mixed in with the Lab.


At first, we ended up at the wrong house.  The lady said that she had no puppies and we were a bit confused.  But she indicated that she thought “those guys over there have pups, I think”, so we went over there.

And yes, the little tri-colored female was running in the yard.  Hubby immediately picked her up and I knew he was a goner.

I didn’t want to like the other female because I wanted a male – to keep the peace.  So, I walked back to the car… and the little black girl followed me there.  Uh oh.  I looked down at her and she lifted her little paw and looked right at me, pleading almost.

So, I picked her up and said we’d take them both.

We put them in the backyard of our AirBnB because it has a fenced yard. They explored and played.

And then it was sleepy time with a tiny bone to chew (because they were chewing everything else…) and puppy laying on the potty pads instead of the huge pile of cushy blankets. Sigh.


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14 comments have been posted...

  1. Kathy Sutton

    Dawn, I am so sorry to heat about the loss of your two dogs. It’s hard enough to lose one let alone two at the same time.

  2. Sonya

    I am so sorry for your losses, Dawn! However, the way you all bounce back is inspirational. Those puppies are too cute!

  3. Judie

    Just wanted to send my condolences at the loss of Scoutypants and Virgil. It is so difficult to lose our four legged family. Your newest family members are the cutest and I am sure will bring you many moments of laughter. Thank you for being you.

  4. Barbie Davis

    Dawn and Hubby, I am sorry to hear you have lost your beloved doggie family members. You new pups are cuter than anything.
    I saw your jewelry at the Tin City craft event. It’s gorgeous.

  5. Amy

    Dawn, I am so sorry about the loss of your two precious dogs. I had no idea that this is what happened last week when you spoke of something tragic at your place. It’s so difficult to lose our beloved animals. Your two new puppies will have the best life ever and thank you to you and your husband for giving them a terrific new home. You do Scoutypants and Virgil proud!

  6. Kathy Johnson

    Yes, they are the cutest! I love the names you’re considering also. I’m so sorry about the loss of your dogs–they are such a part of the family. I write this with our year-old dog lying at my feet. It took me a while to be ready for a new dog after ours passed, so I’m thrilled that you and your husband can begin healing with these new girls. New loves are the best medicine. I also love it that the little black puppy “chose” you! Good luck with the new additions.

  7. Chris

    Dawn I am truly sorry to learn of the loss of your two Dogs. I hadn’t realised when I read your post last week that this is what had happened.

    My heart and prayers go out to you and your husband at this difficult time.

    On a lighter note. How lucky are these two babies. They will have such a wonderful life. xx

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