Meet Angus! He’s the newest fluffy member of our family, a blue merle miniature Australian shepherd who we’ve been calling Gus Gus ever since picking him up from the farm. We went back and forth between names and the kids settled on Gus pretty much right off the bat. We’ve always loved the name Angus and seeing him frolic around it just sort of it. Isn’t he a peach!?
We’ve been keeping an eye out for this breed of dog for a long time now and this little fella tumbled into our laps. Andrew had an Australian shepherd named Lucky while growing up and he was such a loyal friend and companion. We always talked about getting “a Lucky dog” one day when the kids were a bit older and we were out of the sleepless baby phase, and here we are! We found a breeder who raises mini Aussies on a farm outside of the city and we immediately fell in love when we saw his picture. His markings are gorgeous, along with that sweet speckled nose and one blue eye. He’s just beautiful.
We used to have a pup named Leon, our feisty, little French Pug mix. He was our first baby and we got him when we moved to Kansas City from Iowa after getting married. I grew up with a pug and love their tender but stubborn personalities. Unfortunately when Alfie was born and shortly after we moved into this house things changed for him in a number of challenging ways, and to be honest, it made life really hard for awhile. I had postpartum depression and was having to closely monitor our dog’s behavior with our new baby which made me ridiculously nervous. I could go on with stories and about how badly we wanted to keep him, but the best thing for him (and us) meant he was to live elsewhere. I’ve had people message over the years and now recently with things like, why didn’t we love our old dog? How come we never shared our story about Leon before? Was he not Insatgrammy enough? Hilarious. And hogwash. We still love him very much and he’s is doing well with his new family. Anyone who has had to say goodbye to a pet knows the heartache that goes along with that process, no matter the cause. Our first furry pup will always have a big chunk of our hearts.
It can be hard to share the messy bits of our lives online because the nature of the internet. It’s an interesting balance to share are stories and photos to paint a picture while still maintaining a sense of privacy on here. Some people get mad when you over share, and then get mad when you don’t share enough! I’ve just learned to do what feels right for us, expectations of others and judgement aside. This is part of our story that we are happy to share because we believe in power of storytelling and the beauty of what being vulnerable and open can do. Stories remind us that we are not alone and that we are all more alike than we might feel like sometimes. All broken. All tying. And all doing our best. With that, we are over the moon to have this new pup join our family in this season of our lives. And he’s fitting right in!
Besides being “a Lucky dog,” we went with this breed because they are incredibly loving, loyal and wickedly smart, have high-energy, are good with kids, and tend to be on the smaller size. We wanted a pup who would be born and raised on a farm before taking him home with us, and Gus Gus was just that. His mama was a tri on the small side (almost a toy) and his papa was a blue merle like Gus but full-grown, about 14 inches from the shoulders down. Our pup slept in my arms as we rode along country roads all the way home and didn’t make a peep in his kennel all night. We woke up once to let him out and then he peed a little on the floor when we got him up before breakfast. We were expecting him to whimper a lot but he cozied right up in his kennel and did better than we had hoped. This morning Andrew fastened a little string of bells on the front door so we can ring that when we take him out and teach him to do the same. My brother has an Aussie mixed breed who rings the bell when he has to go outside and he told us to try it with Angus. We can already tell he is very smart but he’s also a big-time cuddle bub. I put on Little Bear for Theo this morning while Alfie napped and Gus hopped up for his morning nap alongside his brother. Seeing him there pressed up against my sensitive Theodore about made me cry! What a blessing this pup already is to our family.