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This adoption actually began a couple of weeks ago when a lady came to visit just to get to know our dogs. We had just gotten 3 dogs from Dubai who needed to go out so the lady got to “unofficially” meet them. While we were out in the yard, something happened that I haven’t seen before and it was about the sweetest thing I have seen in a very long time. The lady was sitting on the concrete and one of the dogs walked over and, with no encouragement, curled up in her lap. It was pretty obvious that he had chosen her and now, 2 very long weeks later, that dog is out of quarantine and he was able to go to Portland with his new mom. We love it when we get to be a part of scenes like this and are thrilled for Alif!!
The next adoption came about because the woman had lost a dog that she only had for a short time (it’s always too short, isn’t it?) and the remaining greyhound in the home was having a hard time without her sister (and, truth be told, so was the mother). This lady came looking for a female to adopt, but, her current female, Lizzie, didn’t seem particularly interested in any of the females we showed her. So, we decided to try a couple of males and, of course, the very last dog we showed them connected almost immediately with both the mom and the dog — it was Bandit who is now known as Charlie!
It seems like every time I turn around another one of our dogs is headed north of the border and it happened again today. A couple came looking for a relatively mellow dog to join their family. The truth is that we don’t have an over abundance of mellow dogs that are old enough to live in an apartment, but we do have a few and any one of those would have been a good fit for this couple. After they had a chance to meet the dogs, the couple agreed with us and that made their decision very difficult, especially since each of the people started out “leaning toward” different dogs. But, after some deliberation and negotiation, they were able to agree that Tank was the one!
The next adoption was to a man in a similar situation. He took a totally different approach to finding his next family member — he did turnout every day for the last week so that he had an opportunity to meet all the dogs and do some “pre-screening”. I think he would have introduced the whole kennel to his current boy if we hadn’t helped him narrow his list down a little. He was counting on Max, his current grey, to make the choice for him, but Max got along with every dog so he wasn’t a lot of help. In the end, the dad had to make the choice and he picked a “lulu” — a wonderful, young, ACTIVE boy named Revie!
We have definitely had a run on black dogs lately (of course that’s probably because we have a lot of black dogs!) and that continued today. A couple that lives near Green Lake have been planning for their furry addition for a very long time and they decided they were ready to proceed now. They had been checking the website and had found a couple of dogs that interested them, but they didn’t tell us who those dogs were. I guess they wanted to see what we would come up with so they gave us a test! I think we passed because after we showed them dogs and they made their selection, they told us that Abe, nka Goose, was the dog they had fallen in love with online!!
A family made a long drive from Alberta Canada to find a new addition to their family since they recently lost their greyhound in March. Apparently, their girl, Juniper, was a pretty big girl (about 75 pounds) so they decided that this time they would like a more petite girl who was younger than 3. We showed them the smallest girls we had and also brought out a couple of our young boys for them to meet. And, as often happens, the first dog they met was the one they fell in love with and the one they took home to Canada — Nicole, who is now known as Tuesday!!