If you follow me on Instagram, you may have seen our new family member!
This little girl is half Border Collie, and we believe half lab. She’s a little over 10 lbs right now, but she’ll grow quickly into a 40-50 lbs pup.
Tim and I have been talking about getting another dog (read: I’ve been begging) for about a year now, ever since sweet Lucy passed away. We ultimately decided to wait awhile, to give me some time to get over the loss, and because we were trying to get pregnant and everyone kept telling us we wouldn’t want a puppy and a baby at the same time. But things don’t always go according to plan.
Yes, we already have four pets. But three of them are cats and rarely pay attention to us, and as I’ve said before, Tinkerbell doesn’t pay attention to me much, either (except on bath day). While they’re sweet, none of them have felt like my pets. I needed someone who felt like mine.
Tinkerbell is also used to having another dog around to play with. It was becoming apparent she needed a playmate when she was digging lots of holes and getting into all kinds of things (including my makeup brushes!) so we knew this would be a good thing for her, too.
A few weeks ago, while at a work outing in Stone Mountain, I was admiring all the pretty dogs Tim’s coworkers had brought along to the picnic, and Tim suggested stopping by the Atlanta Humane Society during our errands later in the day. I was so surprised he was suggesting this, because it can be really difficult to leave a pound without committing to a dog!
Perhaps it was because it was the weekend in a busy city, but there weren’t a lot of dogs to choose from. I’m picky about the breeds I like (mixed or purebred), and I just wasn’t willing to commit to a dog who doesn’t have some of those qualities.
So, for a few weeks we browsed Petfinder. After searching some of the breeds I prefer, I found this girl, along with some of her brothers and sisters. We filled out an application, and Tim spent about a week playing phone tag with some people from the rescue group. I was convinced these dogs, since they were such a popular breed and so young, would all be gone by the time we were able to even talk about adoption, but things fell into place anyway.
Tim set up an appointment for us to go visit “Brach’s” in her foster home on Saturday. There, we found out she was the last of her brothers and sisters; everyone else had been adopted. She was so relaxed and easy-going, and so smart. It was one of those things where everything just seemed to work out. We went home, talked it out for a bit, and let her foster mom know we’d like to adopt her.
Sunday evening, Brach’s came over, we signed the paperwork, and it was a done deal. She and Tinkerbell played, slept, and played some more until they passed out. The cats have either ignored her or hissed at her, but she doesn’t seem interested in them, which is a good thing!
She’s super sweet, snuggly, playful and relaxed. Her foster mom said she loves to be close to people and will sit in my lap while I work. She’s even semi-potty trained! We think she fits in perfectly into our home.