In the summer of 2012 we decided it was "now or not for a long while" (as opposed to now or never) if we were going to get a dog. We needed time to really train the dog before I went back to teaching in August, and we were hoping to have a baby within the next year and we didn't want our dog to be too much of a puppy when that happened.
As Brett began searching the internet for Alaskan Malamute breeders we quickly discovered (no real surprise) that that breed isn't very common in Florida. He thought about buying a dog and having it flown here, but we really wanted to get to meet the dog before officially adopting it into our family.
In July it finally happened. Brett found an Alaskan Malamute breeder only a couple hours south of us that was going to be passing through Tampa with a litter of puppies. When they were to be passing through, however, there were only 3 puppies left and they were all girls. In the end, however, Brett decided that could be a good thing because she would probably be a little smaller and he had picked out a name.
It was a name we both liked but because our last name is Harrison, we didn't think we'd ever get to use it for one of our kids. Sahara Harrison? Just a little too silly. But, for a dog that rarely uses her last name? It was perfect!
So, on July 13, 2012, (on my way to opening night of playing Penny in a community theater production of Hairspray) we met the breeders at a park in Tampa. We picked Sahara because we loved her markings, especially the white diamond on her forehead. Then we loaded her up into Brett's truck with us and she's been a special part of our family ever since.
Today is her 2nd Birthday. She is often a punk and does silly things, but overall she is sweet, friendly, caring, playful, beautiful and always good for a hug. And best of all? Our son LOVES her. Adopting Sahara is one of the best decisions we've made. I am so happy to have her in our family. =)