It might probably come as a surprise to many of you, but Akemi and I have been thinking about it for a while now.  I’m not getting any younger, we have a lot of love to give and the time just felt right.  And so, after much consideration, we submitted an adoption application and held our breath.  Then, last week, we received the joyous news.  Our application had been approved!

And our lives are about to change.

We’re a little nervous – after all, this IS a big step – but we’re confident we’ll be great parents.

And sometime before Christmas, we’ll be welcoming this little girl to the family…

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Her name is Suzie.  Although I’m a firm believer in never changing a dog’s name, Akemi feels a new name offers  a fresh start.  We’ve compromised and will call her Suji (aka Sujiko) which is pretty damn close.

Anyway, Suzie/Suji is 11 and spent the last year or so of her life living in a barn. But roughing it will be a thing of the past for this little lady as she’ll settle into the posh comfort of our bi-coastal digs – a house with fenced-in front and back yards in Vancouver, and a roomy apartment just around the corner from a dog park (and a nice big patio for emergency runs) in Toronto.  She is going to be SPOILED!  The poor gal suffers from some rear leg weakness that sees her struggle a little, but she comes with a snazzy set of wheels (which she apparently hates).  Lucky for her, we have Jelly’s old low-mileage stroller parked in the hall, just perfect for those parkside promenades.

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 We’ll keep you updated on her ETA.

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Wait.  What were you thinking?

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KathyC

Joe, here’s your Sunday blog tribute post, written by the one and only @Drea:

“Joe,

For your 10 year blogiversary,
I have a teeny-weeny-tiny bit of a secret to reveal.
Something I’ve never shared with anyone until now.

While things like driving and sake serve to summon forth the muse for your writing,10 years ago I discovered the most amazing thing, that has never once failed me, in all these years.

Your blog is the vehicle that successfully drives “my” muse whenever she truly needs a lift.

It was never when you made entries about restaurants, recipes,chocolate chip cookies,or books, travel, pups, movie reviews, or the making of great TV.
(Although, those entries were all equally fun to wholeheartedly devour).
Rather, the wealthiest oil spring would spontaneously gush when you were simply being you writing about whatever slightly deeper thought was on your mind at that particular, forever doomed to be, fleeting moment in time
and the prose would come flowing out of you naturally. As if, somehow, by magic.

And I wouldn’t be at all surprised to learn I’m not the only one whose most playful wordsmithery you inspire.

Which is why my anniversary gift to you is something to serve as an additional motivator to keep writing and striving to reach new heights whenever you feel like quitting.

Cheers! -Here’s to the next 10 years!

XO -Drea”

KathyC

Awww, welcome to the family Suzie/Suji!

LILY
LILY

That is wonderful news Joe! Wow, Susie/Suji will be incredibly lucky to have you and Akemi as her new caretakers. I look forward to reading your updates on her arrival !

Patricia`
Patricia`

So glad you found the right bay leaf!

LJ
LJ

Joe, she’s adorable! Congrats on your new arrival! Xoxo (for the dog, not you–sorry).

kabra
kabra

AAAAAAWWWWWWW!! Congrats!!! Holy Hanna she WILL BE spoiled to say the least!! But what a lucky pup.

btw, did I miss a day or are you blogging from another time zone?

gforce

Congratulations!! I’m so happy for the both of you – and for all of us that get to follow all your adventures together. Suji is certainly coming into a loving home, and whether she knows it or not, a loving and encouraging blog family as well. I can’t wait to meet her.

Wait, was there some other thing you were suggesting other than a new doggie daughter? I can’t imagine.

TheOtherOne
TheOtherOne

I knew it, I knew it!… I could tell you were going to adopt. Yay!
Most happy congratulations to you and Akemi AND to new gal on the block, Suji (beautiful name!). She is gonna be, from now on, so lucky, comfortable, happy.
I’m so happy for you all 🐾 She’s a sweetie.
Gosh, that’s really made my day 😊

gforce

I was thinking, I’ll be curious to hear how Lulu and Bubba take to the new addition. Some adjustment there, I’m thinking.

Tammy Dixon
Tammy Dixon

Congrats to Suzie/Suji! She doesn’t know it yet but she hit the home jackpot!!! Is she a full pug? She has some wired hair thing going on. Makes her super cute though.

Tammy Dixon
Tammy Dixon

Oh and I look forward to Suji’s many new outfits. wink

Ponytail
Ponytail

What was I thinking? …. “Dog” all the way! Congratulations on your upcoming bundle of joy! I am so happy for you and Akemi. And congratulations to Suji for just winning the lottery and going to live in Joe and Akemi’s Disneyland, where everything she will ever need or want will be given to her. And two sweet siblings on top of that! Looking forward to meeting her, learning more about her, and seeing her in action.

Drea

OMG! JOE! ‘That’ really is BIG news. CONGRATS!
Susie is absolutely adorable!! <3

I've so many questions – but will need to hold off till after dinner because I've neighbors coming over to join me shortly.

In the meantime …
-here is your next clue about your grand finale 10 yr blogiversary gift:

Clue #7

:This is a gift that will keep on giving for as long as you yourself feel inspired to keep on giving. Albeit, is most definitely a family project that
requires everyone of your readers and everyone in our blog reg family to do so. The more participation from you and our blog family.
the grander the gift becomes. smile

Clue #1: https://josephmallozzi.wordpress.com/2016/10/24/october-24-2016-my-writing-process/#comment-229403

Clue #2:https://josephmallozzi.wordpress.com/2016/10/27/october-27-2016-dark-matter-designs-and-dogs-what-more-could-you-ask-for/#comment-229500

Clue #3: https://josephmallozzi.wordpress.com/2016/10/30/october-30-2016-here-we-go-again/#comment-229553

Clue #4: A teasing echo of clue #2 https://josephmallozzi.wordpress.com/2016/11/05/november-5-2016-thanks-and-a-lulu-update/#comment-229723

Clue #5: https://josephmallozzi.wordpress.com/2016/11/13/november-13-2016-dog-days-of-november/#comment-229948

Clue #6: https://josephmallozzi.wordpress.com/2016/11/17/november-17-2016-are-you-kidding-me/#comment-230076

sylvia
sylvia

awwwww—realllllly sweet.
welcome to Suji

Sharlene
Sharlene

Awesome news. I had thought of you and Akeminehen I saw a pug on a rescue site here in Toronto the other day. I couldn’t be happier for the family. Congratulations.

Betty Monfette

I am SO proud and happy for you. The two of you are already great parents and being the Forever Home for Senior puppies is just wonderful – !!!

Gerry
Gerry

You knew what we were thinking. Didn’t you… Time to dive in and enjoy life to the fullest…

2cats

Congratulations! Suji has indeed hit the lottery. She looks adorable with those big expressionate eyes. I’ll be praying that all goes smoothly with Lulu and Bubba integration.

nantokanaru77

Awww, more dog love, of course, the more the merrier …
… but your new addition may remind me of sushi all the time … lol…

riss
riss

Has Akemi decided on a meaning for Suji’s name? Care to share?
I like Suji’s face. She looks like a smart dog. I wish her and your household a smooth adjustment.

PBMom

That news made my weekend feel so complete. I agree with everyone else who has chimed in. Suji is going from the ghetto to being the Princess of Bel Air. The new Fresh Princess of bicoastal Canada. I’m so moved that you have all found each other. I can’t wait to see Akemi make adaptive clothing. I hope they all get along wonderfully.

Congratulations to all of you for opening your hearts and truly giving her a real “forever” home. So happy for all of you and can’t wait to here about all the adventures. <3

glowyzoey
glowyzoey

Congratulations, Joe and Akemi, on the new addition to your family! Suji looks like a sweetheart. I’m sure she’ll settle right in. I love it when senior dogs and cats get forever homes. Good for you!

Congrats (belated), also, on the 10th anniversary of the blog! It’s been a great decade here. <3

Line Noise
Line Noise

Congrats! As soon as I saw the title of this blog I knew what you were talking about. We know you too well, Joe. Now, if you were adopting a human THAT would have been a surprise!

Narellefromaus
Narellefromaus

Congratulations to both of you!
She’s scored the jackpot of a forever home.

Your entry reminds me of when I told my Father In Law I wanted to put a big baby carriage on the back of my bike. He was tearing up and going in for the hug before I could say ‘So Ralph can come on longer walks’.
Glass half full, it occurred during a hospital visit while he had swelling of the brain, so he may not remember the awkward moment.

Dorothy
Dorothy

Congratulations Joe and Akemi—–you didn’t fool me for a second ! I look forward to meeting Suji next summer.