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Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Adoption

Tell the truth, you saw the title of this post and thought - BABY!? Well, sort of. A new fur baby came into our lives three weeks ago when my lovely mom sent me this picture in an email:


I quickly resnapped the picture on my phone and sent my husband a text message. While hubby and I have been talking for the last year about getting a new dog, we were also hesitant because Woozie is now 12 and it's been awhile since she's been socialized. She's become a sweet natured doggie who is content with hubby and I. We were also talking about specific breeds and private adoption through a breeder. But that face! How can you resist that face?

So we asked about this little pup and learned that there was another interested party. We learned that this pup was abandoned and wandering alone for three days before someone called about her. She was brought in by the SPCA and has been with her foster mom the entire time. The foster mom used to work with my mom and the other interested party. Over the last three weeks, it's been a roller coaster as to "will she, won't she" confirm she really wants this puppy. And in a very, very small way, I got a taste of what it's like to go through a real adoption (human baby). Again, very very small way as I know it takes months and years to adopt children and can be very heart wrenching.

The foster mom wasn't convinced the other party was the right fit so she brought the pup to see me a couple of times so that we could get to know one another. It was an instant bond. I loved her from the moment I saw and held her. She's a sweetheart and very affectionate.

We had to wait until yesterday to adopt her because she wasn't quite 8 weeks and hadn't been spayed (a SPCA requirement). The surgery date kept changing based on availability and vacation schedules but she was finally spayed yesterday and ready to go by 2pm.  The other party backed out a week ago. Still it was nerve wracking because of SPCA's policy of "first come, first serve." Basically if a dog is put on the floor, whoever grabs the paperwork first gets the dog. I don't agree with that policy in the slightest. We were also interested in another puppy on the east coast and I completed a very thorough questionnaire. The SPCA has a 1/2 page adoption info page. But as my hubby and mom said, they probably see a lot of dogs and cats come through and adopting them out is better than the alternative.

We left the house at 1pm yesterday (I took yesterday and today off of work) and were at the SPCA by 2pm. The pup remained in the Clinic while we completed the adoption process and paid for her ($125) so that no one could see and fall in love with her. The process went smooth and we were done and on the road by 3pm. She's been a very good puppy so far and is almost potty trained. We have a vet visit at 5pm today and plan to enroll her in puppy training as soon as she is cleared to go.

She was originally listed as a "Pit mix," which concerned us at first - until I met her and realized how sweet her disposition was. Yesterday we learned that she is actually a Labrador mix. They didn't list "Pit" on her paperwork. However her paws look like "Pit." I think she's a Labrabull. Whatever, she is, we are smitten.

So enough chatter. I introduce you to our newest family member - COOKIE!










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8 comments:

  1. Congratulations! Cookie is a lucky girl! Doesn't it just make you crazy/sad to think that so many dogs are neglected and abused? Good for you and hubby! Carolyn in Cincinnati

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    1. Thanks Carolyn! It's like having a toddler right now "drop it. don't put that in your mouth," but we love her.
      Niki

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  2. Aww, Cookie is lovely! Will look forward to puppy updates <3

    Monica, www.pear-shaped-gal.com

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    1. Mommy and daddy are tired as she's a handful right now but we'll get on a routine and it will all be fine.
      Niki

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  3. Cookie is adorable! Hope Woozie is warming up to her. We got our second pup when our first was 11 years old and although he didn't see to care for his new brother at first they are definitely BFFs now. Just give it time if they don't seem to bond right away.

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    1. There is a slight thaw on our house with Woozie. But we have yet to put them down together. I've held each one in my arms with no issues but until Cookie gets past her biting phase, we don't want to rush it. We are training Cookie every day and she seems to be pretty smart but does forget often and tries to nip at me. We are also a bit sleep deprived, which is why I haven't posted. We are all just trying to get back into a normal routine. Thanks for commenting. Glad to know it takes time.
      Niki

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  4. Thank you! She's about 25lbs now and just a sweetheart. We were on an adoption spree this summer - rescued 2 kittens as well!
    Niki

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