There was a very brief time when we had Skye and a dog, in the first few months of her life. Even then we were already in the process of finding him a home, realizing after several years that our film lifestyle just wasn't fair to the dogs or us for that matter. Unlike many other film professionals, we both would go on location, often together, sometimes not, but with neither of us maintaining a home-front.
This would eventually change to a certain extent when I took on the home-schooling duties, but even then I was the one who ended up in Mexico for several months leaving Cindy to get us moved into Don Milagro, our last abode in Los Angeles.
Skye had a couple of cats, as well as rats, rabbits, and a whole flock of chickens; but never a dog. When we sold the house and became nomads we had to find homes for the entire menagerie. For the next couple years there would be no pets. We briefly had a pair of mice while I was on Maze Runner. And then there was the short-lived hedgehog, Sevi, who was adorable but not much of a pet.
A puppy, or rather the promise of a puppy, was Skye's birthday present back in June. It was also to be a Christmas present. We promised her that by the end of the year she would have a dog.
I imagined it would be a slightly older pup, maybe 6 months or a year, but a foster/adoption notice came across my screen and it seemed like it was meant to be.
Whenever I have been out of the States for an extended period of time and then come back, I am struck with a certain level of culture shock. I once literally had to walk out of Toys R Us because I was so overwhelmed by the choices and plethora of options. I had filled my shopping cart in what I had thought was the main section of the store only to turn a corner and realize I hadn't even made it through the seasonal section.
When I went to pick out treats for the new pup, I ran across a similar phenomenon. I included pics of some of the more tempting snacks. It felt like an aisle in Whole Foods, not a pet shop.
Throw in the celebrities' petlines.. I wasn't so surprised that Martha Stewart had a section, but Brett Michaels' Pets Rocks line was priceless.
The puppy that was originally posted in the Nextdoor Inman Park site was one of Prince's litter-mates, named Appolonia. She was snapped up within a couple of hours of her picture showing up. After I had run it by Cindy and Skye had fallen in love with her.
I knew that there would be plenty of other puppies up for adoption, but still Skye would be pretty upset. That is until I found out that Appolonia had several sisters and a brother; Prince, Wendy, and Lisa.
How to choose? They were all so adorable. In the end, we all agreed upon the little Prince.
Welcome Home little guy.