Saturday, December 31, 2011
Thursday, December 29, 2011
Yup that's right green eyes. Normally the green color only last to 10 weeks or so.
When we picked Bella up from Debby, she had green eyes. It was sunny that day and in the back seat of the car there was lots of light and her green eyes were so bright.
The green has faded now...but sometimes I feel like I can almost still see the green lingering.
Wednesday, December 28, 2011
Monday, December 26, 2011
Friday, December 23, 2011
Wednesday, December 21, 2011
Monday, December 19, 2011
We continued to look on the website and email our AC almost daily. And we quickly learned two things:
1. Adopting a dog from a rescue is challenging and frustrating
2. Our AC is an idiot
We started looking into breeders. I wanted find an English Lab breeder who didn’t breed labs as their income. I scoured the internet and decided I should only contact breeders approved by our local Labrador Retriever Club. I contact all the breeders listed in Virginia and one in West Virginia. The one in West Virginia was in the town of Harper’s Ferry. I worked in Harper’s Ferry when I lived in Winchester and Dave’s parents live 10-15 mins from there. I thought this might be a sign.
The Harper’s Ferry breeder was Chilbrook Labradors, and the owner Debby informed us that she did not have any puppies available but she would put us of the distro list for the future.
So we continue to go to Adoption Days looking for a dog we both liked. Dave was especially picky. He hardly looked at the website and he rarely liked any dog we saw at the Adoption Days.
Then in mid-September we received an email from Debby, JoJo her chocolate Lab was pregnant. And there were puppies deposits still available. When I told Dave, his eyes brighten a bit. And I knew then that Dave wanted a puppy and no other dog was going to win his heart.
But adopting a rescue was important to me. I wanted to give back to the community by rescuing a dog someone had given up. And in my own mind, it was a way to honor Hunter. By adopting a dog I was not trying to replace him but taking in a lost and forgotten dog to honor him.
I told Dave we will go to one more Adoption Day and if we didn’t find the perfect match we would put a deposit on one of JoJo’s puppies. We went to the adoption and it was raining and cold and our AC ignored us the whole time. There wasn't a single dog there which caught either of our eyes. We went home and I emailed Debby.
Then on Saturday, October 8, 2011, eight puppies were born to JoJo and CH. Chilbrook Lord of the Rings. On Monday, Debby told us one of the three girls would be ours.
That is how we got here. I set out to adopt a dog in need and we ended up getting one from a breeder. But I still want to give back, so Bella, if she is willing, is going to be a Reading Therapy dog. She and I will give back to the human community and maybe we will find a way or two to give back to the cainine community too. In honor of Hunter.
Sunday, December 18, 2011
Sunday, December 11, 2011
Our lives are now different. If you know anything about me, you know I am not too keen on change. The decision to add a puppy to our lives was made by both Dave and myself. But sometimes I like to imagine it was all Dave’s choice.
Once we were notified one of JoJo’s female puppies was ours, I was ecstatic. I read books, researched the internet, bought toys and other puppy things. I spend hours thinking of names and trying to develop the perfect AKC name. (More on the saga of the AKC name later).
Then when we brought her home, I started to have cold feet. It was too late to decide that I didn’t want puppy breath in the house. And even though she didn’t understand to pee outside and not inside, I could see the love in Dave’s eyes growing for her.
There is the rub, my irrational fear of change, aka Bella, and the growing love between Dave and Bella. What is a girl to do?
This is not my first puppy. I was in high school when we got Hunter, a gorgeous blonde Lab, and I was 21 when my neighbor gave me a 5 week old Draco. Hunter has since gone to Rainbow Bridge and Draco is still here with us. So I understand that puppyhood is short lived. I also know the hardships of puppyhood are turned into great rewards of a well-balanced and happy dog.
So though this is a hard time for me, I get through it by watching the love grow between Dave and Bella. And most importantly knowing she is going to return the love and dedication I show her now by giving undying love and loyalty to me as a true companion and life long friend.
Friday, December 9, 2011
Thursday, December 8, 2011
After a few trying nights and days, Dave and I have developed a schedule for Bella. We are crate training her, but Dave wants to call her crate her “house” so I guess we are house training her using her house.
Anyway, Dave and I took off work this week and this morning we did a trial run for next week. I woke up a 6 and Dave at 8 and the schedule went perfectly. We are crossing our fingers that it will go as smooth next week. Especially since Ken, my co-worker, will be on a fabulous cruise and it will be the Chassie Solo Week. Can you say “STRESS”.
Accomplishment of the Day: Bella went up the stairs all by herself for the first time.
Almost Accomplishment of the Day: Only one accident.