Most of you know that we lost both of our dogs, Scoutypants and Virgil, last Wednesday. Hubby and I were/are heartbroken.
For me, the best way to heal this kind of a wound, is to save a life – or two.
Hubby and I went to the local shelters but there were no puppies. We considered older dogs (and actually would like to have been able to adopt an older dog) but came to the conclusion that with 4 cats and 9 horses here, we needed to be very careful on who we brought home. Some of you may remember Bosco, Hubby’s foster McNab, who we could not keep away from the horses…not good.
On Monday, I remembered about Craigslist. I’m not sure why I hadn’t even thought of it… but I hadn’t. Anyway, on Craigslist, there were lots of puppies. Most were Christmas Puppies (shudder) and were out of my price range. So, I looked further away… and found these ‘free’ puppies about 3.5 hours away from us.
COULD THEY BE ANY CUTER?!
They were listed as a free ‘oops’ litter. The mother is a Walker Coonhound. Father? They think it was the neighbor’s lab mix.
Virgil was a Coonhound and I knew that Hubby likes the hounds. I knew he’d love this tri-colored pup.
I thought I wanted another English Mastiff, but I was really taken by the face on the black girl.
So, I asked the owner if he would hold them for us – and that Hubby and I could be there the next day (today).
He said he would.
We left the house at 6am so we could get there and back without traffic.
On the drive there, we had a few other puppies we could also meet in the area, in case these two didn’t work out.
I wouldn’t say we were anxious or excited. We were reserved. I guess I didn’t want two girls, in case they decided to fight each other when they grew up. I thought we’d take ONE of these pups and then go see another pup in the area. However, the one other male pup we wanted to see… the owner had gone DARK since Monday and I hadn’t heard a thing so I wasn’t sure if he was available…
At first, we ended up at the wrong house. The lady said that she had no puppies and we were a bit confused. But she indicated that she thought “those guys over there have pups, I think”, so we went over there.
And yes, the little tri-colored female was running in the yard. Hubby immediately picked her up and I knew he was a goner.
I didn’t want to like the other female because I wanted a male – to keep the peace. So, I walked back to the car… and the little black girl followed me there. Uh oh. I looked down at her and she lifted her little paw and looked right at me, pleading almost.
So, I picked her up and said we’d take them both.
HERE WE GO! THE ADVENTURE BEGINS!