Hawk is the newest member of the Kozy Kitchen family, a tiny terror, and is just about the cutest thing on 4 feet!
Many of you don’t know that we lost both of our dogs to cancer last month. It was a horrible time for us. Rocky passed on the 23rd of December and Angel passed on the 29th. Our hearts were so broken and our home seemed so empty.
You see, I have always had a dog in my life, more like 2 or 3 really, so the reality of no fur babies running around was a concept that I could not grasp.
Even Kevin, who really didn’t consider himself a “pet person” was emotionally broken by the loss.
I knew immediately that I needed a new dog in my life, whether it was a 5-year old dog like Rocky was when we got him from the rescue, or a puppy, I just knew my heart needed it,
I figured it would take Kevin a while to get onboard with the idea. If he ever did.
But, after what seemed like gallons of tears shed between the two of us, he told me that he wanted another dog and that, this time, he wanted a puppy. He had loved Rocky so much, and many times has said that he wished we had gotten him as a pup, but when he was taken from us after just 2 short years, he knew that he wanted a dog that we would have much more time with.
I got online, checking all of the rescue groups I could find. We weren’t super picky about the breed but knew we would be happy if we could find another boxer mix. One of the dogs I had, when Kevin and I got together, was a boxer/great dane mix and was a wonderful dog.
We looked, and looked, aaaaand looked but, with us having a 2-year-old in the home, it was very hard to find rescues that would even think about letting us adopt.
We did find someone that said she had a puppy and even though our hearts were set on a rescue dog, we wanted a puppy so badly. We spoke for over a week through Facebook messenger when all of a sudden she started acting strangely. I was seeing red flags but we had already fallen in love with the picture of the puppy that she sent us.
Long story short, we think she was trying to get money for vet bills that she never incurred. She counted on our broken hearts to cloud our judgment.
I was born at night, but not last night, so I wrote her and the puppy off.
Then I reached out to the lady we adopted Rocky from. I had already searched the rescue site and hadn’t seen any puppies so I was hoping that she would be a reference for us.
That was when she said they had puppies. Boxer/shepherd puppies. We were over the moon excited. We put in our application and patiently (sort of) waited for our home check. I bought baby gates and treats, toys, and dog food. We were SO excited.
The puppy was being fostered in Oregon, so they had him transferred to a foster home here in our area. We scheduled a time to pick him up and I don’t really think we got much sleep for the 5-days that we waited to pick him up.
When the day came I was excited but Kevin was like a kid at Christmas. His heart had been opened up to what it felt like to have a dog in your life with Rocky and he couldn’t wait to meet his new friend.
I laugh that we got together late in life, after all of our kids were teens or older, so babies had never even been a thought. We would have loved to have one together, but not that late in the game! So, Hawk is kind of like our baby. We take turns with training and cuddles, he is even sleeping in the bed with us!
And we love him SO very much!
I had some people tell me, when we lost Angel and Rocky and were so upset, “Oh it is just a dog”.
Seriously? No, not even, they are not just a dog, they are family, part of our hearts!!
So my friends, meet the wild, wacky, and wonderful Hawk. He has stolen our hearts already and can’t wait for the adventures that are yet to come!
Love the back story – rescue is truly a wonderful way to make a difference in the life of not just one dog but two or three. When a dog gets adopted out of a foster's home, that opens up space in that home for another dog from an owner who can't keep it any longer or from a shelter. If it's from a shelter, then that shelter has room to take in another dog! Bobbi & Kevin, you are changing the lives of these dogs!
That is the most adorable, and photogenic, pup I have ever seen. Except every pup I've ever been owned by, of course. From my ACS and me, best wishes and a long and happy life together! Your two are now playing with about 7 dogs I've lost so far and are having a ball. All are healthy again and just waiting.
Welcome! It is so nice to meet you. My name is Bobbi. I am the Mom of 2 great kids, and Nana to a beautiful baby girl Kylee, and a handsome little devil named Torin. I share my life and home with my awesome partner Kevin, and 2 furbabies….