Thought it was time for an update.
Time has healed us a little.
Cole is doing OK, but seems to get anxious at times, when we meet people and other dogs.
We had him assessed by a trainer and the feedback was good. The trainer said he did well in his pack even with a boisterous young male Husky mix, who he warned off without over reacting.
I have looked at lots and lots of dogs up for adoption online but very few popped out at me. Every time one did, Robyn pushed back.
The was one who seemed to fit the bill, and was with a local Charity called "Little Red Dog" here in Orange County, California. Her name was Claudine, and she was a Huskey/Lab mix, about 18m old. We went to meet her at a local adoption event. I loved the look of her, and her reaction to seeing Cole was darling, as she cocked her head this way and that while watching him. The upfront meeting went well, and they just met and mingled. I was in, but Robyn was not feeling her.
They asked us if we could foster her and see how it went, and Robyn agreed, in principle.
The next day we found out that she was adopted by a family that came later.
It was not meant to be.
We also offered to foster a Blue Nose Pitt, called Chee, that was going to a high kill shelter if there was no takers, but that too fell through and we dont know why.
So, Christmas came and went, and I felt I was just looking and waiting for the right dog to come along...
Then, 2 weeks ago, on a Sunday morning, I got my normal email of pets up for adoption, and scrolled through, when one just leapt off the page at me. I was upstairs, and forwarded it to Robyn's phone, as I have dozens of times... and waited for a reaction...
She came up about 2 mins later with that look on her face. She said "She is really cute, can you get more info?".
I called the shelter but they were closed, and Monday too.
Tuesday came, and I called at 9.05am.
They gave me the info they had. A female, came in as a stray, about 4 months old.
Within an hour, I was in the car, on the way to where my Airstream is stored, which just happens to be within 10 miles of the shelter.
Arrived at the shelter, was given which block she was in, but I took my sweet time, looking and talking and loving up every dog that was open to my advances. Some were not, sadly.
I got to the cage, and was greeted by this face....
She looks to be a real mutt... I see hints of Pitt, and maybe German Shepard.. but she is cute as a button, actually quite calm for a pup, and loved me up like a champ.
My heart melted. I took pics and sent them to Robyn.
I took video, and showed her later.
That Saturday, I drove Robyn out to meet her.
The reaction between the 2 of them was priceless... Robyn cried openly when the dog scrabbled under the bars with her paws to get closer.
We went to the office, as it was a done deal. We wanted her
Only then did we get a huge shock. They don't adopt a dog to the best family!
It's a lottery!
You come on a set day, put your name in a hat for the dog you want and the winner takes the dog home, that day!
No home check, no yard check, or tests... nothing!
So that's where we are... waiting for a shot at taking the dog we have fallen for, to our loving home.
If its the right dog, I guess it will be... but we are taking 10 family and friends with us to increase our odds!
Until then, we are holding our breath!