It’s Throwback Thursday and I’m feeling a bit nostalgic today. Want to hear the story about how Atka came to be a part of our family?
I thought so 🙂
A few months after our first dog, Kaeto, passed away, Nick and I started to consider adding a second dog to our family. Our hearts were ready to add another family member and Mauja was becoming noticeably lonely. We both started looking through PetFinder and a few of the rescues I follow for pups that would be a good fit. When we started our search, we weren’t looking for another Great Pyrenees. We were looking for a Great Dane.
After a lengthy screening process, we were approved to adopt from a giant breed rescue. Months of waiting lists later, we found a Great Dane that we thought would be perfect for our family. Unfortunately, he was not keen on Mauja and everyone agreed that he would do better with a dog of a similar energy level and personality. Our search started again.
Shortly after I found a post for a deaf Great Pyrenees in Salt Lake City. Something about his picture captured our hearts and we knew we had to meet him. It was 8 hours away, but we were more than willing to make the drive. I contacted the rescue only to find that he had another interested adopter that was coming to meet him that weekend. If it didn’t work out, we were next in line. This sweet pyr stole the first family’s heart and they took him home immediately. I’m so happy he found a loving home.
At this point, we were starting to get a bit discouraged. We put in an application for another large pyr rescue that had several dogs we were interested in learning more about. I’m not sure if our application got lost, but we never heard back and I had a very difficult time contacting them.
Nick and I were about to put our search on hold until we found out that Mauja’s breeder was planning a litter in the next few months. We hadn’t planned on going the puppy route this time, but we decided to consider the option.
After many, MANY conversations we decided that we really did want another puppy. I love the responsibility and work that a puppy requires and was ready to take on the challenge. We placed our deposit and eagerly awaited the puppies’ arrival.
The momma birthed 11 beautiful, healthy puppies, 7 of which were male. By placing our deposit early, we were able to have first pick of the male puppies. When the puppies were 5 weeks old and their personalities really started to develop, we were able to make our selection. After hours of talking with the breeder, playing with the puppies, and watching them interact, we had made our decision.
Tune in next Thursday when I will talk about Atka’s first night with us and meeting his new sister, Mauja <3