It's been a rough year, mostly natural consequences of my own choices. Ever think you are immune to certain things in life? I discovered that I thought I was immune, but I'm not. Leaving you all clueless to my personal drama, first weekend in August I decided to get a dog. This was a shock to everybody, including me, but sometimes the Lord provides an opportunity by letting it fall into your lap.
In my opinion, a dog is a high maintenance member of the family, much like a toddler. So my requirements for ever getting a dog were basically unrealistic: full grown, professionally trained by someone else, not hyper, doesn't chew on whatever is on the floor, family oriented and protective, guard dog for our property, gentle with my children, submissive enough knowing that I am the Alpha. Yes, basically impossible. I found Nanna by accident in the middle of the night, only hours after she was listed on ksl.com classifieds. She's practically perfect in every way. I fell in love with her instantly because of her beautiful white coat of fur! Her advertisement listed nearly all of my requirements so I researched her breed (Akbash) and somehow convinced Matt to come with me to meet her.
Nanna is HUGE! She's four feet long from the tip of her nose to her butt. Her tail would add about another foot and a half! This was quite unexpected, but at the same time, she was everything I ever wanted if we were to ever get a dog. So...we got her. The children were all shocked. So was my mother in law, LOL! Only two months before, I had told Zack, "You can have a dog...when you move out of my house and have a place of your own!" The children fell in love with her instantly.
Nanna is the perfect name for this dog, given to her by her previous owners. She is very much a caretaker and concerned about everyone in her "pack." There's only two things we don't like about Nanna: she sheds beyond comprehension, and her farts stagnate and leave you in need of fresh air. None the less, Nanna is a great addition to our family. It took about a month for the cats to adjust to her. She's very gentle with them so they don't mind her being around. The funny part of this is that our BIG cats suddenly seem so very small in comparison to our gargantuan white beauty!
Nanna is a great blessing to me. It has been very therapeutic to have her as a companion dog for me to spend time with, which has helped me deal with previously mentioned personal issues. The Lord works in mysterious ways and I am grateful He sent Nanna to our home.