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.

xoxo,

k