Tuesday, May 14, 2019

New Four Legged Family Member!

Welcome to the newest member of the Johnson household.  Meet Lorelei. The photos were taken at her foster Mom's house and she will join us tomorrow.  She's a 92 pound 5-year-old breeding dog who was surrendered as she wasn't producing enough puppies.  Fortunately, she'd had decent vet care even if she lived in close quarters with minimal people contact so she is well fed and very healthy.

I fell in love with her when I saw her post up on the rescue groups Facebook.  Her foster Mom said she has a goofy, gentle personality, loves kids and dogs, and loves to play fetch.

Abby was also a breeding dog.  They tend to be very loving and gentle.

My husband took time off from work so we could get a home inspection and after they talked to our references and our Vet we were approved. The volunteer brought over her very large retriever to see how Abby reacted and they were soon best friends. Abby loves other dogs.

She will be here tomorrow and a big Orvis bed is being air shipped to be here tomorrow so she has her own bed.

I think we nailed the home inspection when in the spot usually reserved for a giant TV was a big dog crate and a pile of toys (we gave our TV away to make room for dog stuff).

Loralie was her name at the breeders.  The foster Mom says she doesn't react to it, (very little human interaction) but we will keep it for now.  Abby and Loralei have a nice ring to it. Thank you Chicagoland Lab Rescue.


  1. A great big WELCOME to you, Laralei. I think you found the best home ever with Abby. :)

  2. Sweet girl!!! Welcome, Laralei - we love you name. You and Abby are going to be great pals.

    Woos - Lightning, Misty, and Timber

  3. OMD!!!! HOW FABULOUS!!!! Welcome to Blogville Laralei! You hit the jackpot with your new furever home gurl! Abby can even teach you how to cook! BOL
    Ruby ♥

  4. Oh Laralie looks like a sweetheart! Welcome to your new home!

  5. That's so exciting. Look forward to hearing of her adventures in her new home.

  6. She is beautiful ... with love all over her face! Welcome home, Laralei! Anxious to see more of you!

  7. We are SO excited!!! We were following the saga on Facebark and crossing our paws that Laralei got to come be Abby's new sister. I can't wait to see their adventures together!

  8. Congratulations to your new additions - she is beautiful! Wishing you all happiness together!

  9. Welcome Laralei!! We know you are going to be so very loved(and spoiled ;-)
    Rosy, Jakey & Arty

  10. Laralei welcome to your furever home where all that your only job will be to be Y O U!
    Tomorrow will be the first day for the rest of your best life.
    You and Abby are gonna BFF's 4 ever.
    Hugs cecilia

  11. Wow! What a surprise! Abby will soon have a sister! Can't wait to meet her! Hooray!

  12. oooh that are such super news!!! hello hello laralei!

  13. Welcome to Miss Laralei. So happy you could join a loving family and sister who will take such good care of you. Kudos and blessings to your mum and dad for sharing their world with you. We're looking forward to all sorts of fun Lab stories with you as the star ⭐️

  14. Hello! I just found out about this wonderful news. I have been out of the loop for a while due to leaving my (abusive)husband of 33 years and searching for a new home for myself and my daughters and our many pets. I just binge read your whole site from May 2 until now. Super happy for all of you and welcome to Laralei! I will enjoy reading more regularly as life settles into newfound freedom and happiness for us!!

    1. Chester from Winnipeg. I'm happy you are back and understand how difficult this has been. I was married to someone bipolar and abusive long ago (why I stayed single so long before meeting Partner in Grime). I write a bit about it in Saving Grace - A Story of Adoption. If you'd like to read, send me a "do not post!" message with your address and I will mail you an autographed copy. I have mailed a number of books to readers in Canada who wanted an autographed copy and have the customs process down. Welcome back.


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