Last week, just as the last dusting of snow blanketed the ground, I embarked on a new journey. It was a different kind of trip however as I was leaving and finding winter. I boarded my first of two flights, heading south to the grassy rolling hills of Tennessee where I would be finding Winter, our brand new white fluffy puppy.
We had waited over nine months for Winter. Once we had decided to get a dog, the process took awhile to figure out exactly what kind we wanted and when the timing would be right. With our travel schedule and busy lives, it never seemed like the time was ever right. However, a window of opportunity arrived towards the end of spring and we would finally be welcoming Winter to our life.
My husband searched long and far to find the right fit for our family. We wanted a dog that would be easy to train, good with kids and loved an active life outdoors. He found a wonderful place in the Tri-State area of Tennessee, Virginia and North Carolina that breeds Goldadors, a mix between a Golden Retriever and Labrador Retriever. I had grown up with both Goldens and Labs so I understood their loving temperament well. A goldador seemed like the perfect fit for our family and I loved the fact that the woman who breeds them does so on an organic farm not a puppy mill.
The love and care that Kathy takes in raising her pups is amazing. Every week before the pup was born until we finally met Winter, she sent us updates. I felt like an expectant mother again. It was so exciting! Once the puppies were born, she sent us weekly photos and updates on how the puppies were doing. She even sent us a thick manual on caring for our puppy and incorporating holistic approaches for his care.
At 8 weeks, it was time to meet Winter. I used my frequent flyer miles, boarded my plane and was off. It felt strange flying somewhere to get a puppy. It is not something you do every day. I was apprehensive and excited as it has been years since I’ve owned a pet. My kids were beyond excited as they have wanted a dog for years, always enjoying Grandma and Grandpa’s Golden Retrievers. Finally they were getting their new friend.
I arrived at the airport hotel in rural Tennessee and a few hours later Kathy brought Winter. It was love at first sight!
I will not lie trying to sleep overnight in a hotel with a brand new puppy was a nightmare. I don’t think I had a single hour of sleep. But when he cuddled up to me, bit my long hair and licked my face I melted. Thank goodness he is so cute!
The next day, I boarded the plane with Winter snuggled into his little carrier where he slept peacefully under the seat. I made quite a few friends at the airport as everyone loves puppies!
Then around 4 o’clock, I finally landed home in Minneapolis. A breathed a huge sigh of relief. I made it. It wasn’t the easiest travel experience of my life but finally we found Winter. The kids could not be more overjoyed.
Although there have been many sleepless nights since I’ve been home, hopefully it will get easier soon and I will get my life back again. It is like having a newborn baby all over again. But I’m excited for what Winter brings to our life.
P.S. I know this is not my normal subject matter for my blog however a few of you were asking for pictures of the puppy so here they are!