Today, my family expanded to two. I am so very pleased to introduce the first official mascot of the Heirloom Homestead:

Willie Nelson Mandela

Willie Nelson Mandela. A bit of Americana and Africana by heart but Welsch terrier by heritage. (Not so unlike his mama.) I found him in a shelter earlier this week and had to wait for those on a pedigree waiting list to have their pick. He was listed as a fox terrier. With a bit of research by my dog savvy friend Sheila, we realized he is indeed a Welsch terrier.

Hello, my name is Willie Nelson Mandela

Willie Nelson Mandela

Willie Nelson Mandela

Willie Nelson Mandela

Also? He’s perfect. The puffy white tail. The black back. The soft pads of his little feet. The way he smiles and looks so silly when you rub his belly.

I am wildly in love.

When I signed the final paperwork today and realized he would actually be mine — after several other hit and misses in the dog adoption world in the last few weeks — I cried. I hugged the shelter volunteer and said sincerely, “This is the happiest day of my life.”

Oh, Nelson! The adventures we will have.




36 Replies to “Nelson”

  1. Awww, yay Willie Nelson Mandela! I think his dog license number should be 46664-420. Nelson Mandela’s prisoner ID# and 420, well, ya know.

  2. Omigosh, I’m so excited for you. Having an animal(s) to come home to makes a house a home and he’s a lucky little guy, for sure. Lots of hiking, car rides, and fun things in his future. Congrats on this momentous occasion. Perfect name, too? About how old is Nelson?

  3. He’s got a shitload of personality – look at that smile! He’s full up of awesome. Congratulations!

  4. He is ADORABLE and obviously a charmer. Welcome to the world of having a terrier-ist in your family! Your life will never be the same (but in a good way).

    My little terrier-ist is laid up by a country/city cross over accident. He spent the weekend running around the granite cliffs of Lake Tahoe and wore down his paws, then when he came home to the city he didn’t have protection from a little piece of glass on the sidewalk. Now he is being carried down a flight of stairs and across the street so he doesn’t have to work on hard surfaces.

    I look forward to lots of stories and pictures of Willie Nelson Mandela!

  5. Well done cousin, having a dog in the family is something everyone should do.You will have loads of fun together,and they are addictive!!! i have 4 now.You have chosen a fine dog there xx

  6. A home is not complete without a four-legged member of the family! I don’t know who is happier, you or Nelson!

  7. So happy for you, Kelli!! We love terriers! He looks larger (and softer) than a Welsh – how big is he?

  8. Oh, he is a handsome boy! You will have a lot of fun together and I can tell by his smile that he has found his home! Shelter dogs are the best!

  9. He is a beauty!! I know you are the perfect match. Enjoy each other. He’s a lucky pup to have found a home with you

  10. I am shedding tears of joy for you and Nelson. How beautiful! Oh the adventures you’ll have together…. Get ready, you’ll love him more every single day. Congrats to you both!

  11. Congraaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaats!

    He is, of course, totally adorable and looks like he’ll be wild fun when I’m there in a few months. I can’t wait to cuddle him obnoxiously 🙂

    Enjoy enjoy enjoy – these are the best days – the ones with your pooch.

  12. Woo Hoo! You are now a true coloradian, dog and all. Enjoy all the adventures and snuggles ahead.

  13. Dogs are absolutely the best. Mine bring joy to my heart and a smile to my face every single day. I laugh on even the worst days because of those silly, goofy, lovable mutts of mine. And terriers? That’s just a whole ‘nother level of awesome. 🙂

  14. Tonight, because of this news, when I upload my bodybugg, there will be a giant spike on my calorie expenditure graph, secondary to giddily jumping up and down with a succession of little happy eeks!!!!!
    Oh, Kelli–so happy you and your new furkid have found each other!!!! (eeeeeeeek!)

  15. Lucky girl, even luckier dog! So excited and happy for you and can’t wait to see what mischief you two stir up!

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