Saturday, January 24, 2009


It was a fluke, really. A friend had called to tell me about her kittens, which she found on a new website called "It's so neat," she said. "You type in your zipcode and it shows you all the animals for adoption in your area."

I was sitting next to my computer, so I typed in ours. And there was the ad:

Husky/Jindo puppies. Ready in January.
No pictures. Not even a description. Just the telephone number of a shelter in coastal Maine. But something clicked. I'd always wanted a husky. I didn't even know what a jindo was. But when I looked up the breed on the web, I became enamored with the clever, agile dogs I saw there. I read the ad again and knew: these were the puppies for us. I was sure of it.

That night, I brought home file photos of jindos and huskies for Greg. Over dinner, we talked it over. And then we talked some more. We woke up the next morning and talked more still. The next day, we drove to the shelter. There, we met a shy little dog with blue eyes and a white blaze running down her snout.
And then we fell in love.
Happy Gotcha Day, Ari. Thanks for three years of laughs and adventures and the very best kind of puppy love.


Khyra The Siberian Husky said...


Three happy years!

And a new beginning this past Tuesday!


Happy Gotcha Day to Ari...and Happy Woo Got Her Day to Ari's peeps!


Country Girl said...

Cute post, happy b-day to Ari.

with love, Madison said...

We love the idea of "gotch-day!" How perfect ... & a very happy one to Ari!

Lorenza said...

Happy Gotcha Day Ari!
I know these 3 years have been wonderful!
Kisses and hugs

Marigold said...

Happy Gotcha' Day, Ari! Hope you get lots of Peanuts (that aren't tainted. :))

The Army of Four said...

Happy Ari-versary!!! We're so glad you found the perfect home!!!
Are you having a party? A special day of exploring?
Play bows,
PS: Wowzers, were you cute as a baby!!!

Tracey and Huffle said...

Ari, you were one of the cutest puppers we've ever seen. No wonder your people fell in love with you.

Happy Ari-versary!

Huffle Mawson, Honorary Husky and Explorer Cat

China said...

Happy Gotcha Day, Ari!

greg said...

glad we gotcha ari!!!!

Abby said...

Me and Olivia got "Gotcha'd" too!! We're glad you got "gotted", Ari!

Abby, Olivia and Taz

nl1990 said...

Happy gotcha day Ari!


Southbay Girl said...

yeah!!! Happy Gotcha day Ari!!! You are such a lucky dog!!!


jo(e) said...

Oh, that's something to celebrate!

JB's Big World said...

What a sweet post! Ari was a beautiful baby puppy! She has brought you so much joy, and wow, she became a canine naturalist too!

Kapp pack said...


Happy Gotcha Day! and many more!

Butt wiggles, Meadow

Steve, Kat, & Wilbur said...

Happy Gotcha Day, Ari! We are very glad that you found such wonderful parents.

Steve and Kat

Dakota said...

Happy Gotcha Day Ari, I hope it was full of fun, love and laughter.

Dakota of the East

The Daily Echo said...

Gotcha Days are the BEST! We're glad they got YOU on Gotcha Day Ari.

diane said...

Happy Gotcha Day Ari!

And happy you-found-her day to your people, too!

YD said...

Happy Gotcha Day Ari! Your mom and dad are so lucky to have you!

YourFireAnt said...

Oh yeah! from me too!


Eve said...

So glad you gotcha!!! We all love the Ari of the North!

Maverick the Pirate said...

Harrrrrr Ari
Happy late gotcha day Harrrrr. Yer Cap'n has tagged ye Harrrr. Go to me blog to find out Harrrr.
Cap'n Maverick the Pirate

Sitka, Tia, & Cornelia Marie said...

Wooo! Happy Gotcha day! We are a few days late but a happy one to you as well!

Mary said...

Ari I missed your Gotcha day I hope you had fun

Jan's Funny Farm said...

Happy Gotcha Day, Ari. A bit late, but heartfelt!

What a neat story of how you came to live there.