Meet Bruno

Posted by on Jul 20, 2012 in United States | No Comments

This has nothing to do with travel, but it’s such exciting news that I’ve deemed it worthy of a blog post. You may have noticed that I kind of like animals, and that I talk an awful lot about dogs. You also may recall that, when we were depressed about coming home, I decided¬†I wanted a puppy. Well, guess what. We’ve got ourselves a new family member! Meet Bruno:

Bruno and his squeaky devil.

Bruno and his squeaky devil.

He’s not quite a puppy — guesses as to his age range from a year to a year and a half — but he’s adorable, playful, and loves to run. He also sleeps through the night, never barks (except for the occasional shout of happiness when he’s playing), and seems to like every dog, person, cat, and suitcase he sees. He’s perfect, even if he is afraid of slippery floors and gets carsick occasionally.

We found him online through¬†Milo Foundation, after weeks of scouring that site and those of several other local rescue organizations. We were immediately drawn to his sweet-sounding temperament and, mostly, to his really cool blonde mohawk (which has, sadly, since fallen out). He was listed as being part Chocolate Lab, and since we’ve always talked about having a brown dog named Bruno — a play on the French word “brun,” or brown — it seemed perfect.

We submitted an application and then drove several hours north to the Milo Sanctuary near Willits to meet Bruno (then named Brady). He covered me in kisses right away and I was completely smitten. After walking with him around the Sanctuary for a while, Pierre got a little smitten too. And so it was that we ended up bringing home our new family member. As the days and weeks have passed since we adopted him, Pierre and I have realized what a great dog he is. He’s still got lots of training ahead of him, but he’s really pretty easy — and handsome!

He loves to pose.

He loves to pose.

Above all else, I can’t wait to take him traveling (I’m already plotting a trip for him to meet snow in Tahoe this winter). We’ll just have to get him over the carsickness first.

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