Yes, we are now a dog family.
Meet Dash and Dixie.

Right after our Colorado Ultimate Road Trip …
mom went with me to South Dakota to make the purchase of a lifetime.

While this was a huge step for our family … the discussion is not new.
In fact, we have been discussing this for over four years.
We have had four dogs in our home, none by my choice.
Steve and the kids have wanted a dog for a long time.
I have always said no.

I thought that maybe, one day, we could get dogs that we could breed.
I’ve always wanted a Husky.
Steve wanted a lap dog.
Evergreen + mountain lions doesn’t = a lap dog.

Although Steve wasn’t too thrilled at the thought of getting TWO Huskies …
it was time to make a move.
I wanted the conversation to stop.
I was tired.
I couldn’t talk about it even one more time.

The drive to South Dakota was not uneventful.
After stopping at Walmart to get collars to go with the leashes I bought,
I tried to take them out to pee.

Dash decided he wasn’t going to tolerate a leash.
(Little did I know, he’d never been on one before.)
He lived up to his name, wiggled his head out of the collar, and dashed off.
I chased him.  And chased him.  And chased him some more.
I truly thought I would never see him again.

Thankfully, he got caught near a work shed, where I was able to grab a hold of him.
I carried him back to the car … and they didn’t get out again until we got home.

Now they are home.
One day, they will make beautiful puppies.
So we have started a new family business … breeding!