Homer's Travels: Welcoming Santiago

Thursday, December 27, 2012

Welcoming Santiago

Today we got a new family member.  Almost three years since we lost Homer, the sounds (and smells) of a dog are once again gracing our home.  The new dog, a five year old black lab originally named Chalmers, has been rechristened Santiago (Iago for short).

Santiago is a farm dog who, unfortunately for his former owners, had a taste for chickens.  He'll have to learn how to be a house/backyard dog.  This shouldn't be a problem since, due to his taste in fowl, he was confined to a pen most of the time.  Having the run of the house and our backyard will give him a bit more space.

He's already ran around the house a few times, knocked over the terracotta soldiers (none broken, all out of reach now), lifted his leg on the Christmas Tree (well, it is a tree), and rolled around in the snow.  All part of getting adjusted to his new home.

His owners say he is good on a leash.  If this turns out to be true, and it seems to be true so far, I may do what I never did with Homer: take him on some of my hikes.  This way I can get my walking and Iago's exercise done together.  I also have to take him to the dog park, something I did with Homer only on rare occasions - he didn't seem to like being around other dogs, they annoyed him.

He's a bit different from Homer.  That is an adjustment I will have to make.  I'll have to stop comparing him with Homer.  That's habit that will be hard to break.


  1. Ohhhh. Glad you two decided to get another dog. Homer can never be replace, he WAS Homer. Now you can start a new adventures with Iago. Hope your holidays were great and may the New Year bring good health, happiness, and many more wonderful
    memories. Love, Den and Shawn

    1. Den & Shawn: Thanks guys! Hope the new year treats you well too.

  2. Okay, so I know I said that I would only comment from 2013 forward, but I just had to go back and make this joke: please, please tell me that you've gotten Iago a dog tag or t-shirt or something that says "HELLO! My name is Iago Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die."

    Because, really, it must be done. :)

    1. GH: I'm sad to say I had to google the reference. It's been a long time since I watched Princess Bride and that was only once. While I don't know about his father, I do know he does have a vendeta against trucks - He was hit by one as a puppy and still has a gimpy rear leg. You may want to keep your truck away from Omaha for a while ;-)