Meet Emma Rose. Bentley’s (already bigger) little sister, and the newest member of the Lucas Family. Emma has officially been a part of our family for one week today, and we are so in love.
Tim and I have talked for awhile about how we would love to get another dog someday. Bentley is very much our ‘only child,’ though, and sometimes the thought of taking 100% of the attention away from him makes me incredibly sad because Bentley gets a lot of attention from us (and from his grandparents). Now that we’ve got a house and a backyard (talk about an amazing change of no longer having to use a leash every time we go outside!) complete with a privacy fence, another dog seemed more feasible. Although, we weren’t really thinking about making that change quite yet. But then came Emma. My dad was the one that showed her to me. He has some friends who do a lot with animal rescue and fostering, and one of them shared Emma on Facebook. Long story short, someone who knew someone who knew someone who knew someone, was fostering Emma and shared that she was ready to find her forever home. Emma was found alone on a highway near a trailer park about 30 minutes south of where we live. She was sick with mange and emaciated (she’s still pretty skinny). Her foster mom took good care of her, and in just a couple of weeks she was much healthier and ready to find her home. When my dad showed her to me, she instantly reminded me of both Bentley and Daytona in just her looks (Bentley’s size and stature and some of Daytona’s GSP coloring). I knew we had to meet her. Tim and I drove an hour west to meet Emma, and we instantly knew that she needed to be a part of our family. I talked to Bent for a week about it telling him that he would be meeting Emma and he might be getting a new sister (I know, I really am a crazy dog person). Emma came to our home to meet Bentley last Friday night and she stayed for good.
Bentley and Daytona get along incredibly well, and Bentley surprisingly does much better with bigger dogs than smaller ones. We knew that ultimately this would be a good decision for us and for Bentley because we can’t bring him out to my mom’s to be with Daytona everyday, and we thought that it was time he finally had a forever friend at home with him and with us.
Many people know how much Bentley means to us and how much of a part of our family he is. They’ve been asking how Bentley has been adjusting to the new changes. Bentley is a very high anxiety dog (he truly takes a special human) and is very protective of people and things. When Bentley and Emma first met, he wasn’t unfriendly, per se, but he also wasn’t my big hearted puppy that I know he soon would be. We were a little nervous and it did take Bentley a couple of days to warm up to her, but in only one week, I can already see how amazing this relationship will soon be (and already has become). When I was talking to one of the girls at church last weekend about the new puppy and getting the two of them used to each other, her response was, ‘Well, it’s just about the new norm, right? They’ll figure it out.’ So true. For all of us.
Emma was named ‘Emma Jean’ when she came to us. After first meeting her and talking both what we would name her, I didn’t really want to change her name (plus, I think Bentley + Emma sounds really cute together). We ended up just changing her middle name to ‘Rose’ instead of ‘Jean.’ We aren’t aren’t 100% sure what Emma is, since she is a rescue. Her foster mom told us that they believe she is part Border Collie and part Jack Russell…which would explain a lot. We believe Bentley has some JR in him (again, don’t know for sure since he, too, was adopted), but they have a lot of the same mannerisms, and this girl can jump. Tim’s excited because he thinks she will be really good at frisbee (which is what he really wants, but Bentley just isn’t a big fan). Emma will likely weigh in at about 35-40 pounds once she’s fully grown. Bentley is a whopping 15 pounds, and she’s already bigger than he is. We really wanted a bigger dog for Bent, since that’s what he loves, so I think this should work out perfectly.
The night we got her, we took the two of them right to the pet store. They both rode in the front with us. It was interesting, to say the least, but luckily the pet store is only about five minutes away from our new home. We got Emma a new collar and leash, bones for both of them, new food bowls and everything she needed to be a part of our home.
The next morning, we took them on their first walk together right away. Our first walk as a family of four was a success. For only being on a leash a couple of times, she did really well.
And after just a few hours, they started to warm up to each other (well, Emma was trying to warm up since the moment she came home to us; she was constantly putting her paw on Bentley trying to get him to play, and he wasn’t having it right away, but he did allow her on the couch, and he let her get pretty close too).
And just a couple of days later? They’re laying in bed together and coming up with mischievous plans (Emma discovered the art of unrolling toilet paper, and Bentley may or may not have stood by her side and watched it all happen).
We’re housesitting for my parents this week and watching Daytona too (not the best timing to get a new dog, eh? Well, everything happens for a reason, and I’ve come to the realization that timing isn’t always in our own plans 😉 ). Daytona loves everyone so we weren’t worried about him. We were worried, however, about throwing Emma off of a schedule that she was starting to adjust to and yet another new home. ‘Grandma’s house,’ as we so call it when Bentley goes to see Daytona, is like Bentley’s second home though, and will soon become Emma’s too, so this isn’t such a bad thing. The dogs have been going wild since Wednesday morning and loving every bit of their time together (and expelling lots of energy which is an added bonus). It’s so funny because between Bent and Daytona, Bent is usually the trouble maker. Somehow now having a puppy is making Bentley seem like the most well-behaved dog I’ve ever met 😉
It’s been a long few days adjusting to new family members, new schedules, lots of walks and extra playtime and even earlier mornings, but it’s so worth it, and after seeing how much Bentley and Emma are already bonding, I absolutely cannot wait to watch this relationship continue to grow, and I’m happy that Daytona gets to be a part of her life too. We’re a big family of dog lovers around here (if you haven’t already realized), so she fits in quite perfectly. I can’t wait to get Bent and Emma back to our home tomorrow and start to really get her into a routine with us.
And lastly, this morning, after waking up for another bright and early play session with three crazy pups, I found Bentley and Emma doing this:
My heart literally began to melt. This makes me happier than I can even explain. Is it weird that I’m already envisioning the time in our lives that we bring children (not four-legged) into this world, and these two are protectors of them? Literally warms. my. heart. I could write an entirely different blog post on that though. We’ll save my thoughts on that for another day.
I’ve been sending frequent pictures and updates to Emma’s foster mom to let her know that she’s doing just fine and fits in so perfectly with our little family, and her latest response was, “I’m so happy she found her perfect family…Bless your heart for providing her with the love she deserves.” I think I cried a little when I read that. Dogs mean the world to me, and the fact that we’ve now adopted two of them makes my heart feel full. I cannot wait to see the adventures ahead for the two of them (well, three, Daytona too of course) and watch their love for one another continue to grow. The three of them are all played out from a morning of fun and are currently all passed out all of the kitchen as I’m writing this. I love it 🙂 Off to sneak in a quick shower before they wake back up and are ready to go at it again (is this what motherhood is like?!)!