For a little over a week, our house has been warmer, more energized, more chaotic and more comedic than ever before – and we can thank the newest member of our Vargo family for that. Everyone, meet our sweet girl, CC (shortened from Chocolate Chunk, as was dubbed in her adoption description). Those lips! The floppy ears! That gummy nose and those pretty, pretty eyes!
After finally – finally – realizing that Chicago has our heart, we bought this house. And while we’ve spent more time bundled up indoors (hey, thanks, winter!) than we’ve been able to enjoy outside since moving in, we have a yard. A yard! For us, this was a non-negotiable (it was the only item on Jack’s home-hunting-wish-list), as Scott and I had every intention of adopting a rescued sibling for our Jack. (After all, Maddie and Libby have each other!) We wanted them to run, play and spin circles in their very own grassy patch right here in the city. We were in no hurry for this dreamed-up scenario, but for months, we’d been meeting with foster pups, going to adoption events and checking in on our favorite rescues a little too often.
It was so important for us to find the right fit for Jack and the girls, and we knew (hands down!) we wanted another lovable, smooshable Bully breed in our lives. (You know that raising positive breed awareness has been a cause near and dear to our hearts; Jack approved, too!). Truth be told, there were a couple of less-than-stellar meet and greets, and although that was a bit disheartening, we told ourselves that the right dog would come along. I had mentioned this in a conversation with a former Pet Shop partner, Bridgid of Project Rescue Chicago, and she casually mentioned that we should meet their adoptable Chunk. She’s easy peasy!, she said. She’s great with cats! She would be so happy with another dog!
All these things? They were true. (Also true: She’s 4 years young and 65 lbs of sweet, sweet sugar.)
Jack and CC’s first meeting went phenomenally well at the adoption center, which was then followed up with another seamless play date at our house. We signed the adoption papers a month later (this was entirely due to Jack’s stitches that needed to heal properly), and we have just been swooning with excitement ever since! (See our adoption photo right here!) We have become enamored with her every move. Our phones are overwhelmed with daily photo sessions – CC eating, CC sleeping, CC sitting, CC deep in thought. And when her and Jack play / sleep / kiss / snuggle? Well, forget it. Hearts. Exploding.
Welcome to the family, girl. (You’ve got an incredible brother to show you the ropes.)
PS… Better Homes & Garden has nominated these two kids as the top 5 in the Decorating category of their Blogger Awards! Have you voted yet? (We’re in pretty fantastic company; we urge you to check out all the finalists!) Voting can be done once an hour and runs through Wednesday this week. Winners in each category will be mentioned in an upcoming issue of BHG – crazy! Click here to vote. Thank you; we love you. XO.