September 2010 – Looks like we are at it again. We are so blessed and happy with our 2 dogs we decided to look for just ONE more. Once again went on https://www.petfinder.com/ and narrowed our choice down to a little white female cairn mix cairn-terrier. The shelter called her “Tonks #186”. She looked so thin, timid, shy and scared in her photo. Her eyes looked so SAD. I was instantly drawn to her.
I drove down to view #186. The shelter had many dogs and it was a bit loud with all the exicited barking. After all, the dogs were happy to see a new human with the hope she will pick ME. I looked in each pen trying to find #186. After about 3 minutes I saw her. She was all curled up sleeping on an elevated cot type pet bed. How could she possibly sleep through all the excitement going on? The facility was clean and well kept. The staff was very helpful.
I said “Hey, sweet girl, how are you?” She jumped off the bed, ran over to me and licked my hand for at least 5 minutes. She got up on her hind legs and I was able to rub her little belly through the fence. I stayed for about 30 minutes, then told her I had to go home and tell Marcus and Riley they are going to have a new sister. As I turned to walk away, she started to whimper. I looked back at her and said “Don’t worry, I promise I will be back to get you“.
The way the facility was set up, the dogs had an indoor pen and they also had access to the outside. As I was walking back to the adoption center, #186 ran out to the outside pen and followed me until I was out of site. I met with the adoption staff and told them I wanted to adopt her. The staff asked me if I had any other pets. I replied, “Yes, I have 2 other dogs”. She asked if I could bring them down to meet #186 prior to adoption due to the fact she wanted to make sure they got along. That meeting was arranged for Friday and my husband would be back down with our other 2 dogs as I would be at a trade show that day. It is so important to make sure your other dogs get along with the new dog you bring into your home. They need to meet on neutral ground which they did on Friday.
Fast forward to the next day…..So there I was at my trade show, keeping busy and not knowing what is going on at home. Then my phone rang. It was my husband calling. I said “What’s the scoop, did they get along”. My husband replied, “No, Marcus didn’t like her and they scuffled a bit so they wouldn’t let me take her home. ” I wanted to CRY!!!! I held it in, finished my show and drove home. I was feeling extra bad because it was my birthday.
I walked into the house with my head down and bummed out. My 2 dogs, Marcus and Riley greeted me with open paws and lots of kisses. They could tell I was sad. I sat on the floor talking to them and petting them. Then all of a sudden I heard a whimper coming out of another room. I was like … “WHAT IS THAT NOISE”? I thought to myself, that sounds like #186!!!!!!!!!! I ran into the dining room and saw YOU KNOW WHO #186 in a crate in the dining room. I didn’t know whether to go kick my husband or hug #186. So I did both LOL! Hubby wanted to surprise me for my birthday and boy did he ever succeed.
I let her out of the crate and was overloaded with kisses and little barks of excitement. She rolled over and I rubbed her skinny, little belly. I gave her a big hug and a special treat. Also, time for a new dog tag holder Tag Holder
I will certainly need some more of these! Doggie Waste Bags
#186 has a new name. Amber. She gets along with the other 2 dogs and now that she is use to the surroundings she has become a bit mischievous. She loves toilet paper and trash. She has quickly trained us humans to pay more attention. She is a total pleasure to have around.
Each and every morning when I take her out of her create, I rub her belly just like the first day we met.
Before and After. Look at the difference in her eyes. Cautious to HAPPY!!!
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