What I loved about the shelter we ended up going to was that they get to know the dogs. They have on-site veterinarians and a Bark Park and the facility is just beautiful. And again, they get to know the dogs! It especially helps with an owner surrenders and gives them special details about the animal, rather than a stray just coming in.
So we found Sam, a German Shepherd-Chinese Shar Pei mix.
Sam was surrendered twice to this same shelter by two separate families before we adopted her. The previous owners to care for her said they were surrendering her because their daughter suddenly became allergic after having her for a year. Whether that is true or not I do not know. What I do know is that when we had to take Sam with us to the shelter this summer to meet her new boyfriend before we adopted him it explained why she was so freaked out!
Reno is an Australian Cattledog mix. He was adopted by three other families before us due to his severe separation anxiety. You see the other families who adopted him were working families who left him kenneled all day. He loves people so so so much and is such a lover and so playful. Having to be locked up for hours on end is not a life. Being that we're home almost all the time and wanting a companion for Sam we adopted Reno. We got him from the same shelter as Sam and they made sure to tell us how severe his anxiety was and his foster mom (because of the separation anxiety he couldn't stay at the actual shelter and so they had a foster momma take him home with her), who is also a dog trainer, has given us tips for helping him when we do leave him at home. Not only do they make sure we understand his needs but they interview us to make sure we are a good fit for him!
We've had Reno since early summer. He has done fantastic. For the first several days we were home with him constantly. We practiced some of the tips on helping him to not be anxious if we left so that when Sunday came he could be left with Sam and be alright. He rocked it! It's amazing what time and love can do. We love him to pieces and I feel like I hit the "doggy jackpot" on such an awesome dog.
And then this week a friend of a friend was called to the mission field. They needed to find homes for 7 dogs as they couldn't bring them all along. Daniel and I said yes! I know, I know!!! Three dogs. I don't know if I'm getting more crazy the older I get or what.
So meet our BRAND new addition, 2-year-old Bullie Terrier (aka Mini Pitbull) Princess Fiona. She is a 3-time Champion in dog competitions for her breed, including best overall. How stinking fat and cute is she?! She's pure muscle!!!
Judah adores her. She is only 12-inches tall. She is, however, having a hard time adjusting to her new home. She's very nervous with all the new noises and smells. It will take some time. She's a lovebug and just a fat little sausage roll.