Romas and I keep speculating about what Maia will do when she's older. Sometimes we think she'll be a soccer player because of the way she loves to kick a ball around. Other times we think she'll be an actress because she loves to be the center of attention. And then there's times like these when we're convinced she's going to be a Veterinarian.
We adopted Budva when she was about 3 months old, back in November 2009. Romas had just returned home from Iraq and we thought it would be fun to get a friend for Innie. She was rescued from Budva, Montenegro and brought back to Germany by a wonderful pair of women. They make the trip at least once a year, round up as many strays as they can, bring them to a Veterinarian where they get checked, vaccinated, and microchipped, and then bring them back to Germany for people to adopt. Budva came back with about 13 other dogs. We looked at all of the photos and stopped short when we saw this one:
Doesn't she look mischievous?? We HAD to have her!!
We went to meet her once she arrived in Germany and fell in love with her. She was feisty, playful, and so sweet. A week later, she was ours!
Just a few months later I found out I was pregnant. We were a little worried about having a puppy and a baby, especially this puppy! She was a WILD child!! But we are honestly so incredibly happy we found her. She and Maia are absolutely best friends.
Actually, she's friends with everyone! She loves kids, people, other dogs, cats, new environments, traveling…she's great! Our cat LOVED her - at 14 years old he was the healthiest he'd ever been because of Budva! The neighbors get a kick out of her. One has nicknamed her "Turbo" because of the way she tears around the yard. She's even been to work with Romas a couple times!
We love how sweet and lovable she is.
But mostly, we love how sweet and lovable (and patient!) she is with Maia.
Of course, it's not all one-sided. Maia shares her cereal, eggs, fruit, chicken…basically every meal with Budva. Haha! She loves to sit and hand Budva her Kix, one piece at a time.
I'm so happy for Maia to grow up in a house with such kind pets. She loves them and is learning to show them affection. She pets them and gives them each hugs! It's so sweet to watch!
This dog has caused us a lot of stress - she's smart, mischievous, and a problem solver. She's hopped the fence a few times and disappeared. Once, she climbed the neighbors' stone wall to go hang out with them. Another time a different neighbor rang the door bell and brought her home. She even ran off in Slovenia at night once…but within minutes was waiting for my husband outside the hotel door.
We call her The Dingo because of those insanely huge ears. We joke that she can hear the bugs in the ground. In the snow, she'll literally stop, stare at the ground, and start digging. We think she has super powers like Bolt. :)
But even with all of the craziness that comes with living with a Dingo, we are rewarded for our patience with her through the puppy years when we see this:
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