Last week I wrote about the fact that I was in a debate about bringing a new dog into my life.

Since the passing of Sydney, my very first dog 9 months ago, I've had mixed feelings. I love dogs and I knew that I would have another dog in my life at some point, the only question was when and how.

As the months passed, the absence of the pitter patter of little paws became more and more obvious to me. The feeling of being home alone felt more lonely.

As friends and family encouraged me to get another dog, I stuck to my guns about my thought that it will happen when the time is right. The right dog will come to me, I wouldn't go dog shopping.

And then a good friend of mine told me about her dog, a nearly 1 year old Cavalier King Charles Spaniel who she was unfortunately unable to keep.

It became decision time.

I took him for a day out the weekend before last, and we had a lot of fun being out and about at Batsto Village. He couldn't have been sweeter.

The plan was to then do a weekend with him, and see how it goes over a couple of days and nights.

In the week in between I did a lot of thinking (as I discussed in the last article).

This past weekend, my family celebrated Passover, which I thought would be a good chance to bring him along and see how he does with the family.

I'm not exaggerating when I tell you that he was perfect. He was gentle with the kids, half a dozen of them between 6 months and 14 years old, friendly with the adults, and playful outside.

And he seemed perfectly comfortable with a bunch of new people. Comfortable enough that when dinner time rolled around, he fell asleep right next to me at the dinner table.

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I saw it as proof that he was meant to be a part of this family.

That being said, I'd like to introduce Scooter.

It's only been a little more than two days, but I really do feel like he's exactly the dog that I was waiting for, and I hope I'm the human that he will become best friends with.

Again, it's only been two days, but he sure seems comfortable with me. After getting home from a busy day last night, I sat on the couch to watch TV, he hopped right up, and passed right out leaning against me:

 

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Obviously, it'll take some time getting to know each other and our respective habits and schedules (I felt awful about leaving home when I came to work a little while ago!), but I think that this will be a fantastic, long lasting relationship.