Sunday, December 17, 2006

Meet Mia

I'd like to introduce you to the newest member of our family - Mia.

I have been resisting Brian's suggestion of a playmate for Tucker -- I just wasn't convinced that I wanted another dog. But then I got a call from Becky about this sweet 10 month old chocolate lab who needed a home. Her current owners realized that they didn't have the time or space to devote to a large dog and were looking to place her with a loving family. After a quick discussion with Brian (why I even had to discuss it with him I don't know, as he immediately said yes) we met her and brought her into our home where she's been happily residing ever since.

Tucker is in turns thrilled and annoyed by her. He's the ripe old age of 3 now and doesn't have the same energetic view as Mia. But he does enjoy playing with her often and is not afraid to growl at her to let her know when he's had enough.

Mia does have some adorable little quirks. The first thing she did when we brought her home was to jump into the dog pool in the back yard. She stood there and drank and drank, then laid down for a moment. Nevermind that it was only 40degrees outside, she loved the water. And she loves to eat her toys. Yes, eat them. She chews on them and chews on them until she gets a piece off and then proceeds to eat it. All too soon she may realize that this isn't great for the digestive system, but for now it's just another one of her little quirks.

Mia has been doing well with the transition. We kept her closed in our bedroom with us the first few nights, not sure how she would do having run of the house (especially since she has made a couple of visits to Carissa's stuffed animal bin, much to Carissa's chagrin). But she did well those nights and in the subsequent days so she has had run of the house since then.

Naming her has been an issue. She was named Poppy when we got her, yet none of us liked that name. And since she didn't seem to recognize the name as hers we thought it approproiate to change it. We have a tradition of using Disney names for our animals so we knew exactly where to turn. Therein lies the problem. All the names we would have considered were already taken by other animals ... Belle (our favorite!) is my Dad's dog, Jasmine and Boo are late cats. We considered Lady, Minnie, Winnie and Carissa's favorite, Tinkerbell, but none of those seemed quite right. We had started calling her Mia, after a character in the Princess Diaries but soon realized that it was awfully close to our cat, Mira. But after much discussion we decided that she should be Mia. After all, Mira the cat doesn't like anyone except for me so it's not like anyone will be calling her often. Now, I'm not saying that we're 100% sold on this name but since we haven't found a good alternative I think that's what her name will stay.

And so is the story of Mia, our new dog. She now has a family she can be a part of and a brother dog that enjoys and detests her at the same time.


Catherine said...

She sounds like she will be a great addition to the family!

SmileyCarrie said...

She's so sweet!
Congratulations on your new addition to your family! Mia is a great name :)

Jim and Virginia said...

Let me know how having a pair works out so I can work on convincing Virginia to get a playmate for Stanley.

Mia seems like a really nice dog.