Two dogs

A sunny and very busy weekend, for we received our first foster dog from Southeast German Shepherd Rescue.

Brando indoors

His name is Brando (as in Marlon Brando) and he is a big, sweet dude. (More about him on the dog blog.)

Our weekend was spent getting him accustomed to home life, bathing both dogs, and taking them on lots of walks. Having two dogs has been a lot of fun, actually. I think it’s the perfect number of dogs. Pyrrha is quite enamored with him and seems to treat him in much the way that a little sister does to a big brother: lots of picking on him and trying to entice him to play with her.

Brando has reminded me how shepherds are truly one-person dogs. German shepherds tend to pick “their” person. (Unlike, say, a golden retriever, who sees every person as “their” person.) Pyrrha, clearly, picked me. But Brando has definitely picked Guion. If Guion dares to leave Brando’s sight, Brando lets us know with many varieties of cries, howls, and whines that he is very upset about Guion’s absence. It’s quite sweet, actually. I often walk back into the living room to find Brando sleeping on Guion’s feet.

I think we’ll both probably cry when he gets adopted. (Guion probably a little more than me.) But tears of joy! Certainly.

Having a foster dog has also really cut down on my reading. I have barely touched a book in a week, which is extremely unusual for me. I think David Foster Wallace wore me out, actually. I seem to have lost a lot of reading momentum after finishing Infinite Jest. But I am honestly enjoying a small break from my self-competitive nature.

Kelsey and Alex are coming to visit us this weekend, and I couldn’t be more excited. How wonderful it is to have a sister and brother-in-law who are so genuinely delightful.

If you’re interested in adopting Brando, fill out an application at Southeast German Shepherd Rescue!

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