Aug 4, 2009

we got a new dog

nanipinarello ya know. cause we’re kinda crazy like that. we already have a dog. and three kids. and work and websites and racing and just the general craziness of our life.

so of course, getting another dog totally makes sense. it’s just how we roll.

sometimes we’d joke, when our lives would get particularly hectic – that we should get a puppy or get pregnant. just to take the whole crazy up a notch.

we had been wanting a little dog for a while, but never really went officially looking for one. i figured when the time was right, we’d just sort of find the dog, or it would find us. or something like that.

the dog actually found judi first, and that’s how i found him and read about how he showed up on their doorstoop one day, and that they loved him, but that he needed to be with another family.

i thought perhaps this is it. the cosmic karma cyberspace way we’d find a dog. through bloggy friends. so, after a bunch of texts and emails and phone calls with judi; on my way up to mason, ohio for what i swear is my last road race of the season (really. i’m done. that’s it) - i visited ‘nani’ (named after giovanni ‘nani’ pinarello) and took him for a little get-to-know-ya walk that sealed the deal.

i picked him up the following day after my races and we headed back to louisville. i had lost sleep the night before – worried about the transition, worried about our dog mabel and hoping a new addition wouldn’t make her feel displaced or sad.  nani settled right into the seat and fell right asleep – as soon as i pulled off the highway, he woke up and poked his head out the window, and wagged his stubby little tail like he knew he was home.

he’s been here for 3 days now and it feels almost as if he’s been here all along, like this was just meant to be. the transition has been weirdly seamless. i expected some bumps. some random poops. some marking. some dog fighting over who’s in charge.

nothing.

IMG_0174i think he’s better behaved than our other dog. and i think our other dog, who is high energy and slightly crazy herself, has calmed down a bit. and her nose doesn’t appear bent out of shape at all. strangely enough, the introduction of a tiny little ten pound miniature pinscher has brought a certain calmness to the house. six walks a day and a big backyard for frolicking could have something to do with the doggie calmness too.  we don’t watch animal planet & the dog whisperer for the heck of it.

we’ve decided if he could talk it would be with an italian accent. he is  after all, named after an italian bike designer.

il benvenuto a casa, nani. 

18 comments:

Judi said...

I have tears in my eyes, I am just so happy. You guys ROCK. Can't wait to see you again in a little more than 3 weeks! XXOO!

BettyBetty said...

You took Judi's dog? I am so out of the loop. That is too funny - and really really good.

zanne said...

aw Judi ... am so glad you're happy! It'll be fun to see you guys again. He's such a sweetie & we're super glad we could give him a home. He's loved.

betty - yep! A few days after I read Judi's post, about how the little dog was back but that they couldn't keep him, Judi & I were texting and emailing about him. And then it got a bit whirl-windy with organizing meeting him, and doing the adoption, etc ... but it all worked out just perfectly & he has a new home! It's a pretty open adoption - Judi and Dominic are visiting in a few weeks! :-) And we'll all see each other at CX races this fall!

Groover said...

What a great story. I read about Nani on Judi's blog and was sort'a sad when she wrote that he will be adopted. Now i'm really happy to know who adopted him. How cool is that! And I guess Nani is a very lucky little doggy to have found two cool people like Judi and you (I take it Judi will be his god-mother?) :-)

frilly said...

That picture brought tears to my eyes too. They both look so happy. BFF's!

Pamster said...

Love it! I used to have a doberman named Kona and she was THE best dog ever. If I had more room, I'd love to get the miniature version! So glad he has such a loving home. Great pictures too and I can't wait to see more.

zanne said...

Pamster, his foster 'parents' had the most gorgeous Doberman - Ari ... they also had two other very large & amazingly well behaved and gorgeous dogs, Fausto (a pit bull, maybe the most gentle dog I've ever met) & Lucy -- good people found him & helped him to find a home and I'm super happy it was us that was able to give him one! I bet you'll meet him at a CX race - he's super good with people ... we're hoping some of that will rub off on Mabel & she won't be so skittish!

house on hill road said...

yay!
just don't tell my girls, 'k?

Judi said...

YES! I am his GOD MOM!!

:)

YAY! for Nani!

zanne said...

perfect, Judi! As it should be.
:-)

sarah said...

What a happy adoption story! Definitely a great addition to your family!

Gotta Run..Gotta Ride said...

Do you not remember the PRESS0-ON NAILS...WINE...in CVS.. pregnancy kit???

You are crazy like us... but that is a good thing.

mom said...

Ryely, and, Jacko- boy!(Jackson) welcome Nani with doogy love...and a "wish we could meet you sooner"..... than when ???

Nani is very, very lucky.........and so am I

Happy Anniversary xoxox

Stuart said...

Sometimes the craziest ideas are just the best!

zanne said...

stuart - ain't that the truth! i swear, we were amazed at how seamless the transition was in the first few days ... but 6 days later, we can't believe that it just keeps getting better & better. This was totally meant to be - he's the coolest little dog & has made such a big impact on family/doggy dynamics in this house -- all for the better. good doggie karma.

Lily on the Road said...

So glad he found a good home, he is such a handsome lad. If I lived in the States I would have adopted him...

glad Judi will be able to see him and give him all her love too!!!

caroline said...

So. cute.

Apparently, Claudia told Lily ALL about Nani yesterday at school. I have a sneaking suspicion that they may not be sitting next to each other for long...

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