Koa is already nine months old and while we have only had her for seven of those 9 months, time has certainly flown by. Last year at this time, Kaiser and Nala went downhill fast, back to back, and by the Fall of 2018 we were without our doggies. It is incredible how we are all capable of loving, suffering loss, grieving and eventually, however hard as the while process may have been, moving on. I longed for little Koa, and later Gunner, in our lives and I am thankful every day for their love and companionship. So for today, here is a little tribute to my beautiful puppy – Koa the Boa (or so she was dubbed when she got feisty as a 15 lb armful at twelve weeks), born November 5th, 2018.
I am beyond excited for December 28th now. Not only because the date is smack dab in the middle of the holiday season but mainly because that is the planned date that we will be picking up our new female pup! We are so fortunate to have found a local, ethical breeder who has true respect for our favorite breed, the Rottweiler. Vom Bustos Hause is owned by Frank Bustos and based in Temecula, a few hours away from us. The mama Rottweiler is pregnant as I type this, with a due date of November 3rd. Eight weeks after that date is the end of December, when the pups will be weened and ready to go off to their new homes.
I can’t sum up how happy and overwhelmed I feel at the thought of our new puppy joining our family. It was a rough summer, that included knee surgery and the painful loss of our two beloved dogs, and Hugo and I are ready for happiness to once again be the presiding emotion in our home. After months of deep sadness, fading hope, declining health and feeling broken losing our two best friends, I have so much love to give to someone new. Our ‘someone new’ isn’t even in this world yet and I already love her ♥
Since she will be of European descent, with her father being a Serbian show champion, Hugo and I intend to pay homage to her German ancestry by naming her accordingly. I have been trolling German dog name sites, compiling a list of suitable two-syllable names for potential future use. If anyone reading this has any good name ideas in German for a bad ass female Rottweiler, please do share.
Hugo and I debated getting two puppies at once but we decided the cons might outweigh the pros. The cons include difficulty in training two puppies at the same time and being overwhelmed, almost outnumbered and possibly taken over by puppies. Some of those actually might be pros if you think about it. The pros, on the other hand, include the fact that we would have two adorable puppies in our home at once, they would be brother and sister, and it would bring such joy to my heart watching them have fun together. As I type this, I realize I am going to keep hounding Hugo about getting a second puppy in late December because it really would be amazing.
I really can’t wait for all of this love to enter our home again. But rest assured, the fond memories of Nala and Kaiser will forever be imprinted on our hearts. We buried Nala yesterday in the same spot as Kaiser and Hugo is currently working on sealing both of their paw prints. Once the sealed prints are ready for outdoor exposure, we will place them on their co-ed burial spot and remember them every time we walk past them. Sometimes I catch myself looking out of the window and looking at their grave, just sending them love and wishing they were close to me. But, like Hugo says, they still are.