After hours spent on the internet and hours spent at the pound and adoption events, we found the right dog. He is crazy about Austin and Austin is crazy about him (we all are).
The puppy doesn't have a name yet. He is a Dachshund/ Border Collie mix, we were told. he has short legs though his litter mates had the same body type with long legs.
The cats are not terribly interested in him which is a good thing. He is interested in everything. That means he will chew anything, so we are ever vigilante.
This morning I looked in on Austin only to find Austin and the puppy snuggled up together, both of them sound asleep.