Graham and I have been together for almost three years, and we’ve been living together for a year. In the year we’ve been living together, we’ve been talking about getting a dog mostly the whole time.
Graham grew up with dogs. Boxers. He loves their rambunctious personalities and playful nature.
I did not grow up with a dog. I had an Airedale Terrier when I was very little, who we gave away to my grandmother because of allergies. I loved her, but did not live with her day in and day out.
Graham and I would often talk about what we wanted to name our future dog, and what type of dog we wanted. I’ve always loved Airedale’s, Wheaton terriers, those types of dogs. Graham doesn’t like their curly, wirey hair. He wanted a boxer. Or a bulldog. Or both. None of the names we’d ever picked out even came close to “Mosby.” They included goofy things like “Baba Ghannouj” “Pablo” and “Swarls Barkley.”
Adopting Mosby took me completely by surprise. A few weeks ago, I was at the shelter, looking at another dog. I enjoyed spending off-leash time with him, but knew he was too mellow for Graham. However, I asked Graham to go see him anyway. Two weeks later, (and this past Monday, 11/3/2014) I was at work, minding my own business, when I’m bombarded with text messages. Graham was at the shelter! I high-tailed it out of the office, and by the time I got to the shelter, Graham had Mosby (then called “Hank”) in the dog run area and they were getting to know each other. I immediately fell in love with this skinny, slobbery, energetic little man. We both knew that we’d be going home with him that evening, even though we pretended to have the “should we/shouldn’t we” talk.
That talk was very short.
As we laid in bed that night, with “Hank” snuggled at the foot of our bed, we discussed names. We brought out all of the old standbys. Nothing fit. I suggested some, he suggested some. Nothing fit. Right before I fell asleep, Graham said “Mosby?”
I woke up the next morning and it was Mosby. It fits him perfectly. Now, if we could just get him to start responding to it!