It has been three weeks since I began this post. I am absolutely terrible at keeping up to date with my blogs. Evenings get filled up so much and with the sun setting so early now, my energy levels are dwindling.
So here is my not-so-new news…There is a new addition to the Ancher family. November 9th I picked up this little guy. I have been talking about getting a new puppy for a couple years now, and when my friend, Karen, called to say this squirt was posted on the Rankin Inlet buy and swap Facebook page I knew the time had come.
A couple of hours later, Karen and I were bringing him home for his first bath, and of course to meet his new brother, Bilbo. Now Bilbo, on his best days, is friendly, playful, energetic, and very much lacking in every social grace necessary to be a well behaved domestic house pet. I love him dearly (he is my heart ♥) but he has no boundaries and though is not even a wee bit aggressive, he can be rough if only because he is the most clumsy, uncoordinated dog I have ever met. Once we bathed the little guy and let him get acquainted with the apartment we introduced him to his big brother. The meeting went much better than I had hoped. Bilbo at once took to the new puppy and they are the best of friends. (This photo is hilarious and I had to add it. Bilbo looks so stunned. Bilbo has dozens of little scratches all over his neck from puppy teeth and he never complains)
Now I thought long about a name but kept coming back to Nanook, the Inuktitut name for polar bear, or just bear. I thought he could use a nice tough name since he will likely not get too big and scary. So Nanook it is.
He was about 6-8 weeks old when I got him, and one of my students has his brother from the last litter. He won’t get much bigger, perhaps the size of Bilbo, which is good because I can carry him in a carry-on bag in the airplane. We are still working on house-training him, an arduous task since we live on the third floor and I have to bundle up each time we go out, put Bilbo’s coat and boots on; we have to do this many times a day for Nanook to understand that you have to go outside to pee.
I am so happy that Bilbo has company now when I go to work. He seems so happy to have Nanook around. They also offer me hours of entertainment, running, chasing each other, and recently they have discovered tug-of-war with a squeaky squirrel toy.
One other thing that Nanook has brought to our household…Our mornings are that much more cozy. I get to curl up on a chair by my window with two little guys curled up on my lap. It is my favourite part of the day. It just brings a new element to our happy home. Bilbo is happy, Nanook has a good home, and I have two very happy puppies to greet me when I get home from work.
To be continued…