September 2023 mixed breed neutered male

We lost our Nellie dog to cancer on the morning of January 11, 2024. They say nature abhors a vacuum and two days without a dog in the house was two too many. I follow the local AC Facebook pages as well as many local rescues. From time to time I'd see a post for an SBD (that's for Southern Black Dog, the typical black Lab/mix we tend to like) that reminded me of Sophie, who we lost to histiocytosis in March 2023,and I'd send Jim the link. On  Monday January 8 I saw a listing with our local AC for a dog that reminded me very much of Sophie. I sent the link to Jim. And didn't think much more about it until Thursday, after we said goodbye to Nellie.

The dog was on a stray hold until Friday January12. So on Friday morning I told Jim we needed to go to AC and look at him. That conversation went something like this:

ME: "We need to go to AC and look at that dog."

JIM: "Which dog?"

ME: "That dog I sent you the link for earlier in the week."

JIM: "I went and saw him yesterday and we are second in line for him."

ME: "You did what? (not really surprised as this is not the first time Jim has done this) Well, what was he like?"

JIM: "He licked my fingers and seemed like a Sophie-type dog."

Well, the timing wasn't great for a new addition but off we went to Newton County Animal Control any way. The people who were first in line for the dog never showed up to claim him at their appointed time, so we signed the paperwork to adopt him. He was in his neuter surgery when we arrived, so I didn't get to meet him until the next morning when we picked him up.

We are calling our new addition Newton after the AC where we found him. He is indeed very much like Sophie, loving and smart. He still has puppy teeth and BIG paws, so he is young (our vet thought 14-16 weeks at the time we adopted him) and will be big. The Shelter labeled him as a Flat Coated Retriever, and interestingly enough, that is the breed that Sophie had been labeled by the shelter we got her from (different shelter). His Embark DNA test is pending, so soon we'll know for sure what breed(s) he is. Newton has an interesting characteristic- he has hind dew claws! Our vet suggested there might be some Great Pyrenees in his makeup, as that is one of the breeds known for having hind dew claws. Welcome, Newton!

Newton's listing on Facebook that I sent to Jim, thinking he looked a bit like Sophie. I never would have guessed we'd lose Nellie a few days later and Jim would go to the Shelter and put our names in for adopting Newton.

January 13, 2024- Newton's first day with us.

Newton likes to go between our legs. I don't know if this a security thing or just one of his quirks.

Newton has claimed his spot!

Newton and Laura on Day One in his new home.

January 21, 2024- A boy and his dog.

January 30, 2024- Newton has been with us for a little over two weeks. He has fit pretty seamlessly into our lives. No housebreaking mistakes so far. He makes us smile and has been a bright spot in a time when we've had a lot of sick old horses to worry about.
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