After I completed my nursing education, I began my new career and first job. This new job brought me to the city of Winnipeg, where I resided in an apartment. Still, unable to have my dog! I met David, three years later we were married. I made very sure my new husband understood that my "Promise" would still need to be fulfilled. After we were married we lived in an apartment for two years. I longed for the companionship of a dog. However, apartment living was not very conducive for a dog. I had to wait a little longer for my dream, until we bought our house. I admit this was very hard. Two years passed and I thank my lucky stars that David was the voice of reason. Always reminding me that when we get this dog we will be providing it with a good home.
We purchased our home and we were very happy there. Only one small snag, there was no fence. I could not bear to have a dog chained up so it can get a little fresh air outside. The following summer the fence was built. Now, I can get my dog. We started the research. What kind of dog should we get? Where should we buy this dog? A breeder, a pet store or the rescue shelters? Mixed breed or a purebred? Large dog or small? So many questions, where do we find all the answers? These were all legitimate and real concerns. We wanted our plan to work for us. Where we started our research, was within our own hearts. What did we want? We agreed a small dog, a good start. David and I have always admired the terrier qualities and appearance. We also agreed that we would prefer a purebred, for no particular reason. So, we have made a fair bit of progress and narrowed the search. We purchased a few books on dogs, that were buyer's guides. These guides allowed us to research the various breed characteristics, health concerns, grooming needs, behavior qualities and much more. These issues are very important to consider. You have to keep in mind, this is a commitment for the next ten or more years. You would not buy a dog whose behavior characteristics are not compatible with small children if you intend to start a family a few years into your future. This would be a very bad decision and usually means the dog losses out, and ends up in an unwelcome home. I also understand that it is impossible to predict all possible scenarios, however, the guide books give you allot to consider that perhaps you have never thought about.
We had chosen a particular type of terrier. What a breakthrough! We now know what we want. Great, now just go and get one. Was I wrong! A very wise person recommended that we attend a dog show. Talk to the breeders, handlers and owners about the breed you are interested to buy. As luck would have it, there was a very large dog show in our city in December only a few weeks away. We thought this was very sound advice. The dog show arrived and we attended. Went right over to area for the handlers and the breed we were interested in. I was prepared, asked all my questions, spent some time with the dogs. David and I were absolutely shocked to learn that this breed was completely wrong for us. Even after all the reading and prep work. We both agreed it was not suited to us, for many reasons. Feeling very disappointed and deflated, we casually walked around the dog show to lift my spirits. Just then, out of the corner of my eye, I notice this striking Lakeland Terrier. I am very curious now. We walk over to the area where the dog was kenneled. The dog approached us, so happy and greeting us. Friendly and full of interest and zest. We spent many hours just observing its behaviors, and interactions with complete strangers. We really liked what we saw. Again, a stroke of luck. A man approached us, to see if we had any questions as these were his dogs. He was the breeder and handler of these dogs. We absolutely bombarded this poor man with questions. I was feeling much more upbeat and positive now. He asked us if we were familiar with the Wire-haired Fox Terrier breed. I had done a little bit of reading about the breed but not much. So, he enlightened us. I was so intrigued and it just felt right somehow. This breeder informed us he also bred the Wire-haired Fox Terrier. He had three puppies ready for sale. Two females and one male. We had decided earlier that we prefer a male dog. Without saying the words. David looked at me and me at him. We both smiled and said "We will take the male Please!" I was uncontrollably happy, my heart swollen to the brim. I was going to have a dog of my own. A day I thought would never come.
There were a few minor snags. This breeder was located in Alberta, a substantial distance to travel. We had to wait a few days longer, until arrangements could be made to ship by air. Only three days to wait. It would be the longest three days, I felt like a child again. Christmas was only a few weeks away, and I felt as if I was waiting for Santa Claus to arrive.