We said bye bye to our beloved dog Bingo at the end of January. He was 15 years old, and was in a lot of pain, and could barely walk anymore, so we had him put down. :( It was a very sad day. The kids all said goodbye to him in the morning before school. Bingo was the best dog in the world! He joined us 8 years ago, before we had kids. He was abandoned by our neighbors when they moved. We kept him hoping to find him a good home, when we realized what a great dog he was and decided he could stay! He has always been loyal and gentle with the kids, and had no bad dog habits except for occasionally rolling in dead salmon!
We now have a new dog, a pure golden lab named Honey! She is almost 3, actually her birthday is a week after Ashlen and Matthew's. She was given to us by a nice family who didn't really have the time to spend with her anymore. She's a very loyal, loving dog with lots of energy. Brennen has become her best buddy! Every night she goes to the kids' room to check on them, like she's saying goodnight, and comes to greet them in the morning.
She loves to go on walks too, but is terrible on a leash! I hope I can train her, but at least there's plenty of beach by our house and a few trails to run on leash free! Not Ward Lake (where this picture is) though. I guess Bingo wasn't good on a leash either! They just pull too hard. The kids are enjoying having a more playful dog, since Bingo had really slowed down in his last years.