Acquiring a dog may be the only opportunity a human ever has to choose a relative. ~ Mordecai Siegal

Last Sunday (4/18) Sadie and I took a trip. We went here:

I had been surfing the Humane Society website for a couple of weeks. After work on Friday (4/16) I went to the Humane Society to check out some of the dogs I had seen online.

I was open to just about any kind of dog, but I did have a few guidelines: between the age of 2-6 (out of puppyhood but younger than Sadie), around Sadie’s size (she’s a strong girl and I didn’t want a new dog to accidentally get hurt while playing with her) and I didn’t want a Malamute (I felt it would be disloyal to Kishka).

Within minutes of arriving at the Humane Society I spotted a Malamute (he hadn’t been on the website), but I walked right past him. A few of the dogs I had seen online were much too small and the others all had some fault (dog aggressive, destructive when left alone, a barker when left alone, etc.) that crossed them off the list.

I moved on to the dogs that weren’t on the website and they all had issues, too (female dog aggressive, cat aggressive, not good with kids, etc.). I considered every big dog in the place until I could ignore him no longer…I checked out the Malamute.

He was a stray and not yet available for adoption (the Humane Society holds strays for seven days to give their family time to find them). He was around 4 years old. I received the information sheet on him and the handlers reported that he was sweet, good with other dogs and loved people.

I stood in front of his cage and had an internal dialogue with myself. One side of my brain was telling me to walk away because even considering this dog would be cheating on Kishka. The other side of my brain told me I was being ridiculous and that it was stupid to disqualify a dog solely because of his breed.

The dog was not available for adoption until Sunday so I put a hold on him. (Each stray can have one hold which means the person with the hold gets first dibs on adoption if the dog’s family doesn’t show up.) That would give me a full day to ponder my feelings.

I talked it over with some friends who are much saner than I am and on Sunday I returned to the Humane Society and met him. (Sadie was not allowed to meet him due to a canine flu outbreak, but she waited in the car.) He was a big, lovable teddy bear so I brought him home.


Within an hour of arriving home this happened:

Sadie and Luka again

My greatest wish came true: a dog that loves to play. (Sadie’s never had a live in playmate.)

Since the dog was a stray, he didn’t have a name. It took me a week to name him and I’m sure I drove my family and friends a bit crazy. Every day (or even every few hours) I had a new name that I was trying out.

During this week, I discovered a lot about him.

He’s very curious.



He likes stuffed toys (I’m so glad Sam’s extensive stuffed toy collection is finally getting the love it deserves).

I like the stuffed duck

I like the stuffed bear


He likes tennis balls (Sam and Kishka’s collection will again see use).


Finally, on Friday night, he told me his name.


It’s Luka.

For the past week I have been astounded that no one claimed Luka at the Humane Society. He is very well trained and a very well behaved dog in general.

When I brought him home he could sit, shake, lie down and he walks amazingly well on a leash (better than Sadie). He’s house trained and is fine in the house all day while I’m at work. He’s very quiet. He’s actually mute. He’s been here over a week and hasn’t made a sound: no barking and no wooing.

He’s very smart and has already learned some of the rules of the house (sitting before getting treats, not rushing the door, not accompanying me into the bathroom). He does love to jump up on people and I’m working on that. He weighs around 100 lbs. and could easily knock someone over.

He constantly wants to play with Sadie (he nudges her with his nose and play bows in front of her). I don’t think Sadie fully understands that he wants to play, but she’s coming around.

Over the weekend we went to the park to test his socialization. He passed with flying colors. I kept him on the leash since he doesn’t know his name yet, but Sadie showed him the ropes.

Sadie and Luka

They splashed in the stream together.

Sadie and Luka

And they explored on their own.



I think Sadie enjoyed the canine company.


Welcome home, buddy.

Got my eye on you


25 responses

  1. Yay! I teared up a bit reading this.

    It’s amazing what you find in shelters – my cat, for example. Well-behaved, extremely tolerant of being picked up and poked and dressed up and all that. Could not for the life of me figure out why anyone would give him up.

    Then again, I believe there is some sort of supernatural force that kind of brings us together.

    I’m so glad Luka’s home with you. He’s in a great place.

  2. :-))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))
    Wonderful to see, how happy life can be

  3. I am so incredibly happy for you. He does look like a Luca. I am sure Kishka just wants you and Sadie to have someone to share your love with, I doubt she cares what breed brings that love. I am sure Luca is glad you saw what someone else obviously didn’t appreciate in him. It seems meant to be.

  4. Hooray! So happy for you and Luca! He and Sadie look so happy!

  5. What a joyful story! I am happy for you and Sadie because you found a new companion, and I am even more happy for Luca who now has a home and a family who loves him. Well dona, all!

  6. omg, he is so beautiful! sounds like he’s fitting into the pack with no problems. I’m so happy for you all

  7. Welcome Luka! What a wonderful name!
    He’s a beautiful boy, such a lovely face too. I’m glad for all of you, that it worked out so well.

  8. So nice to meet you Luka! What a beautiful blessing he is to your family! I am so happy for all of you. I’m also glad he and Sadie have hit it off…this is just such wonderful news! *hugs* 🙂

  9. yay! So happy for you and Sadie! He looks like such a loveable dog and I think Kishka would be happy that you chose her breed. Can’t wait to see all the “play” pics of him and Sadie!

  10. Looks like a match made in heaven, possibly orchestrated by Kishka 🙂

  11. He looks right at home! What a beautiful dog!

  12. Oh, congratulations!!!! I am so happy for you and Sadie 🙂

  13. Congratulations Kathy and Sadie! I teared up a bit too. What a lucky dog.

  14. Oh my goodness, I think Kishka would be barking for joy for you and Sadie. 🙂
    Luka could not be CUTER and a better fit for you guys! What a furry loveball…i love the pictures of him with the stuffed animals… looking forward to many more posts with these two! ((hug))

  15. I bet Luka knew all along that he was coming home with you. I discovered Mingus at the pound while looking for little lost Fifty-Fifty (long story about a friend losing her while we were on vacation, but we obviously got her back safely). I did not want another dog at the time, especially one bigger than Vespa, but what can you do? He woo-wooed his way into this household.

  16. Hooray!!! I’m so happy for y’all! He looks like A Good Boy. 🙂

  17. Linda in Waterloo | Reply

    What a fabulous dog! I’m very happy to find out it was all good stuff keeping you from posing (yeah…for a whole day – I need my fix, eh?). He’s so handsome and Sadie looks happy with her new pal. Congrats! What a stroke of luck. Kish was lovely too…this is a good commitment.

  18. Congratulations on your happy new addition! Luka looks quite the charmer.

  19. Oh, Kathy, i’m so happy for you and Sadie. As I’ve looked at the pictures you’ve posted of your outings with Sadie in the recent past, I’ve thought she had a lonely look on her face, probably imagination on my part, but it made me sad for her, nonetheless. She clearly looks happy now, romping around with Luca.

    Luca is gorgeous, and I don’t think it’s an insult to Kishka at all, quite the opposite. He was proof of what great dogs Malamutes are. It really does seem odd that no one would claim such a well trained dog. Kind of makes you wonder if something happened to his owner. Nevertheless, he is one lucky dog to land where he did, and I pray you all have many happy years together,

  20. I’m so happy that you found a new friend for both you and Sadie! Luka looks like he will be a wonderful companion.

  21. Wonderful story…congrats on your new furever friend!

  22. I understand completely about feeling disloyal/cheating. Emma’s not even the same breed Solomon was, but I felt guilty for a few days after adopting her. This was two years after Solomon’s sudden illness and death.

    I’m so glad that you and Luka found one another!

    *hugs* for you and having the courage to rescue another deserving animal, and smooches on that beautiful Luka!

  23. Aw, what a sweetie. Congratulations to both of you; it sounds like a match made in heaven. I think choosing the same breed as Kishka is a huge compliment to her – no need to feel betrayal.

  24. I don’t often think that something was “meant to be,” but this time? I think it was meant to be! Congratulations to you, Sadie and Luka! He is quite the handsome boy!

    He chew toys exactly like our dog chews stuffed toys…hang on to the head, chew on the butt. The indignities of being a stuffed toy!

  25. Where the heck have *I* been? I can’t believe it has been that long since I read your blog … and oh, what I have missed! *slaps own hand*

    I am crying tears of joy right now. Horray for you! Horray for Sadie! Horray for Luka! He’s huge and handsome! HAPPY HAPPY HAPPY!!

    Congratulations! Welcome Luka! 🙂

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