Ponder this:

Sunday, June 2, 2013

Ta da!

Before you read this post, a disclaimer for Peep's benefit:  We love our little Peep girl. She is soft and funny and loving and curious and beautiful. If she were a woman, she would be Elizabeth Taylor. Back when Liz was living, I mean.
She is about as good a cat as anybody could have. 
A dog is, however . . . a different animal.

On the 18th we went to meet this girl, and oh, what a sweet happy little girl she is. Redder in coat than she looks in this picture, more gold of eye. A perky little heeling dream on a leash, smiling and wagging all the way. 

We were all ready to sign the contract and bring her home, but something stopped us. Not one single thing about Carolina said "no," but something about something said, "maybe not right now." So we left the girl with her foster mom. She's small enough that she would fit into lots of homes, and she's just so sweet! 

That evening, Husband looked again at a mutt and lab rescue page . . . one of many rescue websites he'd been haunting . . . and saw again A Particular Face. Those eyes! Not just the ice blue color . . . the bold and perceptive quality of her gaze... 

...and then there was another photo that made her look 
all goofy and googly.

Melissa is her foster mom and Melissa, Husband and I have been in touch many times by phone and email . . . we have sent photos back and forth, I've sent loveletters to the dog... We have not met in person because . . . Our Girl is in Georgia, more than a thousand miles away.  Something I did not know: there is a whole transfer network for rescue dogs. There are people who sell the service of transporting animals in specially outfitted vehicles. Who knew?


Our Girl will get on the northbound bus next Saturday, June 8. Straight through, mapquest tells me the trip would take nineteen to twenty hours. I expect there will be comfort breaks, so . . . longer than that.  

But a week and some hours from now, we'll have a dog again. 
Our hearts are positively soaring! 

All that, "Oh boy, what a relief! No dog to take care of!" It all went bad on me. Apparently through thirty-plus years habit and/or by nature, we are meant to have a dog to care for and to love.

And, you know, in Carolina's write-up, it does say she would do best in a home with another dog instead of by herself....


Pauline said...

Oh good! Dash off and get that little red haired girl, too!

Olga said...

Congratulations on a new family member (or maybe two?).

DJan said...

Peep will have competition for your affections, but I have no doubt there will be enough to go around, three ways! :-)

threecollie said...

Aw....I am so glad to read this. Love the little red one and your girl is adorable. I sure do know what you mean about the no dog to take care of....weird

Joanne Noragon said...

I know about transporting rescue dogs to new homes; we've participated in moving Cairn terriers. Even so, no idea there are specially adapted vehicles. I suppose so, especially bigger dogs. I have friends whose new cars must fit their Rotties.

Jacqueline Donnelly said...

Fun times await! Can't wait to learn what Peep thinks of this dog business. Especially TWO dogs! Good luck. And bless you for taking all these dear critters in.

A Reader's Life said...

Part of a poem I wrote about 20 years ago when our dog died:
"Now we take a vacation whenever we please
Without paying a neighbor to water and feed
But when we come home, home's as still as a mouse
And it takes getting used to, no dog in the house."
Glad you'll have a new friend-

Rose ~ from Oz said...

Oh June this is wonderful, exciting news indeed!! She's gorgeous and I can't wait to hear when she arrives and has she a name??? or will you rename her?? I can, but imagine how you are both feeling!
Carolina is so darn sweet I cannot believe she won't find the perfect forever home just for her.
I can't wait for Part 2 of this delightful and heart warming story!

Friko said...

Of course, it was only a matter of time. Did you really think you’d last without any kind of silly mutt face?

Go on, two dogs are as easy to keep as one. And they’d be company for each other.

English Rider said...

Good for you, and both dogs!

Tom said...

You are so right -- you gotta love 'em. (And that last one -- what a picture!)

Hilary said...

They're a couple of beauties. I do hope you go back for Carolina. They'd probably be wonderful together. You're keeping us in suspense about her name, aren't you!? :)

SmitoniusAndSonata said...

Congratulations ! She looks as bright as a button .

esbboston said...

I am so happy for you! This reaLLy brightens my day, and my day is pretty miserable as I have been having lots of trouble walking for about a week because of my lower back acting up. Ah, new puppy!

Carolynn Anctil said...

Well, you know my vote goes to my namesake. *grin* That blue eyed sweetie is certainly capable of stealing hearts. She looks like a girl who is smart & clever, but still knows how to have a good time. Oh, I see lots of adventures in your future with her. And, perhaps, Sweet Carolina will join the party before long.

Peep will have the new girl in line in short order and there will be harmony in your home.

I've often said, I would never get another dog after this one...time will tell.

Safe travels to your new ward.


fiftyodd said...

Yep. I agree. You just have to have Carolina as well - those soft, brown eyes... Good luck.

Barb said...

Oh, you lucky dogs - all of you!

Cloudia said...

sweet friends, er Family!

ALOHA from Honolulu
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rachel said...

Thrilled for you - if not quite yet for Peep. Maybe when she's bonded with the new addition, a third to follow?

(There's something about that hilarious last picture that put me in mind of Ren and Stimpy - the tongue, the goofy look.....)

Dr. Kathy McCoy said...

I'm so happy for you! And I can feel it ....Carolina will be joining you soon! It may be a shock initially for Peep, but she's used to dogs and may come to welcome the company of these two beautiful dogs! Please keep us posted!

Sharon said...

Yeah! My daughter adopted a dog that way, and she is the most wonderful companion. Safe travel wishes for Our Girl ~

I did call about the cat who needed a new home and two days later she was ours. We call her Millie and she has decided she'll stay:)

Marcia said...

My husband and I have learned that having two dogs is best for us...they are such company for each other and ease any anxiety issues when we are away from home. I do hope you bring the first dog home to join your family.

georgia little pea said...

Catching up. Please get Carolina too! What a sweet face. She actually reminds me of Ms Pea :)