"We adopted @nelliethenanny 4 years ago from the @nycacc. At the time, we lived in the suburbs of D.C., and we had one human baby, Juniper, who was about 4 months old. Since then, we welcomed our son Cyrus to the family, moved to TX with Dan's work, & then to MN, to my hometown. Nellie, now about 12 years old, is such a joy. She is laid back, loving, funny, & sweet. She loves everyone who enters our home, everyone we pass on the street, appreciates a gentle walk around the neighborhood, & is always up for a low key night in. Her adoption fee was the is the best $25 we have ever spent.
After moving to MN, we found out that the #fostercare system for the county is in crisis, as it is in many counties across the nation. We decided we had to help, and become licensed to be #foster parents. Nellie won the hearts of every social worker who came out to interview us. Initially, I had been apprehensive about how she would be received by our licensors, since she is a large #pitbull. But the licensors said, if anything, she is an asset to our home environment. This May, we finalized our foster care and just a few days later brought home a beautiful 2 day old baby boy in need of a home.
More recently, we decided to adopt another wonderful elderly dog, Sylvie. Nellie and Sylvie hit it off at our meet and greet-- and by 'hit it off' I mean they sniffed each other very nonchalantly and went back to their business as usual. They are a perfect pair. Despite all the hardship in their former lives, Nellie & Sylvie are still so eager and trusting with people. I really am just in awe of how big their hearts must be. I love that our kids will grow up learning to be kind & gentle & respectful towards animals because of them.
Dan & I feel so many emotions as we look at our 2 biological children, one precious baby who came to us through foster care, & our 2 adopted aging pups. We don't know how much time we will have with our #seniordogs or our foster son. That is the really hard part of all this. But isn't that what life is all about? We feel like the luckiest people alive because of all the love we have in this house.
Dan, Olivia, Juniper, Cyrus, baby R, Nellie, & Sylvie"