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Some dogs have to go through a lot before they find their forever homes and this dog has definitely jumped a lot of hurdles to get to where she is now. In the approximately nine months we have had her, she has had multiple surgeries (I lost count), been to the vet umpteen million times and had her leg doctored daily. For the last couple of months, she has been in a “foster to adopt” home while she went through the last part of her recovery and, thankfully, she is now ready to be adopted. According to her foster parents, this little girl has set their house on its ear … she is curious about everything and gets into pretty much everything. Luckily, her foster parents have a good sense of humor and they know she is making up for all the time when she wasn’t allowed to do anything. The wonderful part of this whole story is that Angel walked out of the door to her new home using all four legs and barely limping — I know there were times along the way when we weren’t sure she would be able to do that.
When this particular dog arrived at the kennel from South Korea, nobody thought he would be there very long once he was cleared for adoption. We did have the pleasure of his company for a while since he was being treated for heart worm, and people who were interested in adopting started popping up immediately. We had all kinds of offers from people who wanted to sweeten the pot so that they could get to the top of the list, but we stood our ground — first come first serve! Today the lucky people at the top of the list and the lucky dog made things official and our first and only Whippet, Sky, is now a resident of Tukwila with a fur sister named Nola, a kitty and two happy parents!!
When you are working with a family that has a four year old and a chihuahua, you never know quite what to expect. We always start by telling the family that the process is going to be “trial and error” since we truly have no idea what dogs are going to be able to cope with that cast of characters. This time, we actually hit pay dirt on our first try — our pretty, red fawn came out to the adoption center and proceeded to pretty much ignore the little dog and enjoy being patted by the child. We went on to show one more dog and at that time the family decided they wanted to spend more time with the first dog. What a greyt idea that was — just spending some time in the yard with the dog confirmed their initial impression and they decided that Dos was the one for them!
Charlie and Tammy
A couple from Kingston lost their sweet Lurcher, Luna, who we knew as Kira, a few months ago to cancer and they decided that they missed the patter of Greyhound feet in their home and it was time to adopt. Before they came to the kennel, we talked about some of the dogs that were available for adoption and when they got to the kennel, we showed them those plus a few more options. Two of the available dogs we discussed and showed were two special girls that needed to be rehomed because an illness in their original family meant that the family could no longer devote the time to the girls that they really needed. Since these girls have been together for a few years and have become very bonded, it was very important that they go to the same home. They have spent the last couple of months in a wonderful foster home, but it was time that they go to their forever home. We were very hopeful that the girls and the couple would be a good fit and, thankfully, both the couple and the girls realized they should be together!! So, Charlie and Tammy left for their new home in Kingston —- Rooooohoooo!!!