When she came out to the play area to meet Gideon, the two of them ran around like maniacs, playing and splashing in the wading pools, chasing balls, and generally having a good time. She was DEFINITELY the one.
It wasn't until after we got her home that we realized what a sweetie she was (in addition to coming pre-housebroken). She could wrestle around with Gideon, but then she'd come in and sit in our laps if we let her. It's not necessarily easy for a 55 pound dog, but she tried it. She loved being around people, but was so polite you might not notice her. As soon as you started petting her, she'd snuggle right in for attention. And with fur as soft as hers, who could resist?
Once we had Ellie, we started to realize how amazing she really was.
She was so gentle and sweet with Ellie, even as a baby. Once Ellie became mobile, she would follow Ellie from room to room. Tugged tails and pulled ears didn't seem to bother her - she just loved being with her people.
Along came Matthew, and Mena just got better and better.
Two kids trying to poke, prod, pull, jump on, and otherwise abuse her didn't seem to bother her any more than just one did. She took it in stride, and we loved her more and more every day.
I'm going to miss her more than I ever imagined, and I hope that everyone has the chance to have such a wonderful family member as Mena.
*Mena, also known or referred to as: Mena B., Mena B. Zoo, Mena Bazoo, Squirley Girley, Sweetie, Furball #2, Yellow Dog, Yellow Hound, Wiggler #2, "Ma" (when Ellie was little), "May-May" (when Matthew was little)