We have added a new member to our pack. That’s Smidge up above and, as you can see, she’s an Australian Shepherd, just a year-and-a-half of age. Several weeks ago when we were attending a family wedding out in California we seized the opportunity to meet and get to know Smidge. We just loved her and agreed with her breeder that she was a good match for us and our pack. So, after some furious travel arrangements Smidge flew to Chicago Friday night and we picked her up at O’Hare at around 6:30 in the morning.
Here was our first glimpse of Smidge as the baggage attendant wheeled her crate up to us:
Smidge was glad to stretch her legs after being cooped up in the crate for the long plane ride:
Another shot in the parking lot:
We had decided in advance that the best way to introduce her to the pack was for everybody to meet under controlled conditions at a neutral site. We chose our training site, For Your Canine, located just minutes from the airport. Here are my wife and Smidge at For Your Canine:
We introduced our pack one at a time to Smidge. Tally, our old lady, came first. If she could have rolled her eyes, she would have. Her expression said to us What is it with you guys and dogs? You’ve seen one dog, you’ve seen them all.
Nola and Smidge immediately took to one another:
As surprised noone, Will was just a big old goof:
I must say that we were very impressed by Smidge’s composure. Our pack can be intimidating.
But she handled the situation with very good grace. Now she’s settling in beautifully and she and Nola have already become the best of friends: