We currently have 3 dogs, all from local rescue sites and/or animal shelters: Leo the poodle mix, plus Stella & Peanut, our two yorkies. They are the stars of today’s picture of the day.
Day 2: “let us in”
We’ve had quite a few dogs over the past couple of years. My wife Ana had a habit of adopting dogs from the animal shelters, getting them all their shots, plus spaying/neutering; then at some point, for one reason or another they just weren’t a good fit with our family, so she’d end up finding them a (usually better than ours) home via Craigslist. I used to joke that maybe we should declare ourselves a pet rescue so I could deduct some of the costs on our tax return.
Well for about the last year, we went from being a “pseudo” pet rescue, to actually working with a couple of them. For a while after I came home from Afghanistan last spring we actually didn’t have any dogs in the house. But then our neighbor behind us decided to foster a couple of dogs from a Killeen rescue that she found on Facebook: More Paws 2 Love. Before I knew it, Ana was asking me to help her fill out foster and adoption applications.
But then we found Leo at the Copperas Cove Animal shelter. It’s funny though, before she was allowed to adopt him, I made Ana sign a contract in which she agreed that no matter what, we would be keeping Leo for at least 3 years (note: I expect he’ll be with us for much longer than that). About a week later, I took him to the HEB parking lot to get shots, and made an appointment with Emancipet for low cost neutering. (we’re all about saving money ;-))
Over the next couple of months, we fostered a couple of dogs. Then in the fall, while I was in Arizona, Ana fostered Peanut (looking in the window in the picture above), then decided she wanted to keep her. I made her verbally agree to the same conditions as with Leo … no more “temporary” adoptions in the Morris house.
Finally, about a month ago, Ana discovered yet another local rescue: Tails of Happy Hearts. And that’s where she found Stella (who you can barely see in the background of the picture). She’s a full grown yorkie who weighs around 2lbs. Officially, I think we’re still just fostering her, but I’ve got $150 in my wallet right now in case the lady who runs the rescue contacts me to make the adoption official before Ana gets home from Seattle and can do it herself.
That gets us up to 3 (small) dogs, which I think is enough for now.
Ana keeps hinting that she might want foster a Great Dane someday though. I think I’ll need to find a good source for inexpensive healthy dog food first.
Keep havin FuN!