It’s a Miracle!

Dear readers, I hope you’ll hang in there for one more non-food related post before I get back to cooking up healthy stuff for you in the Whole Kitchen. This one’s not so sad, I promise.

I feel like I don’t even have the words to describe what this week has been like in our house. Losing our beloved Turbo last Sunday remains among the hardest days of our adult lives. We hunkered down on Monday to be at home and grieve, so as not to scare our co-workers with our tearful blubbering. But really, that just meant that we blubbered on Tuesday in front of our very kind and empathetic co-workers. We’ve been overwhelmed by the outpouring of love and support for us on the blog, Twitter, Facebook and in person with friends stopping by, calling and checking in. It’s times like these that we realize that the world really IS full of good people.

While we miss Turbo deeply, we quickly realized that we cannot abide the empty dog bed and the sudden silence in our home. I feel untethered and restless without the scheduled dog walks punctuating each day…I’m as bound and comforted by routines as dogs, it seems. So Tuesday afternoon, we sent in our application Greyhounds Only to adopt another greyhound. And on Saturday morning, we drove to Wisconsin to meet a few hounds and to see if there was one that might be a good fit for our family. Joining us on the adventure was our friend Erika and her very brave pug, Oswin.

Worried eyes and all, Oswin was a brave pug in the face of dozens of hounds.

Erika & Larry’s three pugs have been Turbo’s best friends since day one. The little guys would happily follow Turbo anywhere, wiggling their puggy butts with joy all the way. Because we occasionally dogsit the pugs, we needed a hound that would be safe with small dogs. Oswin was volunteered as greyhound behavioral bait and provided the key vote as we visited with the hounds. In the course of an hour, we narrowed the search down to two fawn hounds who passed the Oswin test. We then led the two hounds outside to the fenced field to let both of them off leash with us to see who had the best connection with Mark and I. It took only a moment for the winner to come to us, look us straight in the eyes and claim us.
Miracle will be joining the family on Sunday, January 16!

Her name is Miracle, and by the feel of this match, I think she’s going to live up to that big name. She’s a petite, young girlie, weighing in at only 55lbs (Turbo was 70lbs). Fawn with a dusty mask on her face, she’s got liquid amber eyes and a tail that she curls up and waves around with joy when she’s with people. More than anything, it was her calm, steady presence that clicked with us. I hope she’ll be happy in our home…we’re sure glad to have her joining the family.

More than anything, we feel Turbo’s blessing on this match – how could we not with a hound named Miracle?! It’s as if he sent her straight to us…and maybe he did. Thanks, again, Turbo for being our hound for seven amazing years and helping us find a Miracle.

One more photo of our happy boy, Summer 2010.
Thanks to Lynne Liliedahl for sending us this great photo of Turbo.

15 thoughts on “It’s a Miracle!

  1. Oh my goodness. I am sorry I didn’t post on your previous note but every time I went to write something I got all teary and had to stop. I am so sorry for your loss. And I can’t imagine my life without a dog anymore so I totally understand feeling lost. So happy you found a pup you clicked with and I wish you well!

    • Awww, thanks, Renee. It’s been such a rough week, still miss our boy, but really feel like he hooked us up with Miracle, and we’re looking forward to getting to know her. Bringing a greyhound into “civilian” life is such an amazing process to see their personalities unfold as they gain confidence in their new life. Can’t wait!

  2. Oswin did his best & truly it was a great way to spend the day! And Oswin will never argue about hanging out with you – don’t forget he’s gluten-free too!!

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