Well, it's been about 2 and 1/2 months since the death of Rowen, my Siberian husky. It's been a tough loss to deal with. While the "sharpness" of her death has faded, there is still heartache.
But, my wife and I decided that it was time to move on and get a new dog. Not as a replacement (because Rowen will never be replaced), but as a successor. And after looking around for a bit, we found Corbin, a rescue husky from Iqaluit. He's pretty wonderful; a mix of joy and "joie de vivre" and damn bright, too. We knew we wanted to help another dog and a rescue husky is about the best way we could honour Rowen's memory.
It's a profound mix of joy and sadness that's very difficult to put into words. My wife and I still miss Rowen terribly and a new dog doesn't change that. In some ways it brings her death back to the forefront and I'm not ashamed to say that I've cried a lot over the past three days. We both missed having a dog but we both missed the unique qualities that made Rowen Rowen. Her personality was very unique and that loss will be something that we'll carry for the rest of our lives.
Corbin's personality is unique, too. And though we've only been with him a short time, it's very clear. Already we're seeing the differences; he doesn't like to "flatten the grass." Rowen always went around and around before lying down. Corbin just "plunks" right down. He's very inquisitive about the world around him; Rowen, being an older dog, was far less nosey. He's very keen on burying toys, something Rowen had no interest in at all. And he's fascinated by his reflection in mirrored surfaces, something Rowen never cared about. Some of those differences hurt a bit, because they're a reminder of what's been lost. But, at the same time, they are a wonderful reminder of what we've gained, too. Corbin is a gentle dog, about 11 months old, and full of love. He's a good fit for us and it'll be fun, though poignant, to see him grow up.
Physically, he has one "droopy" ear that gives him a lot of character when he looks around. And one heckuva bushy tail that curls right to his back. Rowen had a "husky" tail, of course, but not like this.
And the one big physical difference? It's weird to rub a doggie's belly and touch a penis! I've had "girl dogs" all of my life, so that's definitely new!