The idea of Urho had been living in Pekka's head for several years. One time, when he was forced to take a few days off because of fever, he just happened to run across a kennel with a litter to be born in November 2010. He did not reserve one, but "expressed our great interest". And the rest, of course, is history.
|Dachshund and a badger - the first day in a new home|
Urho was a very lively and extremely friendly puppy, who loved making new friends, both animals and humans. We were always greatly amused by his speed - a lot of things were happening, ears flapping and paws rushing - but the speed was never that great compared to his dog friends. After all, his legs were always three times shorter than the legs of his buddies.
He loved going out for exploratory walks, especially if we were somewhere he could roam free. He would stay behind, then catch up and run past us. But always staying at a relatively close distance (excluding of course a few occasions where temptation was just too great).
From the day one, Urho has been a master of taking it easy. One of the funniest photos is undoubtably the one below. Urho was staying over at Minna's brother's place when we were out of town, and quite quickly he had made himself comfortable on the couch. Loving the simple life!
|Slumber party with dog buddies (photo by Katri Allinen)|
This is also a very common sight. At home, Urho sleeps in the "basement", in other words under a pile of old blankets next to our bed. They grey one he has had from the day we picked him up and brought him home. No wonder it is such an essential part of his daily life.
|Napping in the basement|
We are so happy to have a family member like Urho. Having him not only commits us in going out for some fresh air every day, but we truly enjoy his quirky and maverick character. We also appreciate the fact that Sofi has a dog friend to grow up with. So happy birthday, Urho! May your years to come be full of unforgettable adventures!
|Three years old today|