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A few months ago, this couple brought their roughly 10 year old dog (Cede,
pronounced Sadie) to meet our dogs. At that time, it was very hard to get a
read on what would and wouldn’t work because Cede was very protective of the
wife and she was so uncomfortable wearing a muzzle. After they left us, they
had Cede practice wearing a muzzle and socialized her more so, this time was a
whole different experience. We actually came up with two dogs that got along
greyt with Cede so the parents even got to have a say in choosing their dog
– and they chose Brad!!
Next, a woman came to pick out her 5th Greyhound. Her last one had passed away and she was definitely in need of a Greyhound fix and we were happy to help. This was one of those easy, breezy appointments because she knew almost instantly which dog she wanted. Although she did look at one or two others, Ranger, nka Carlton, was the one for her!
This family came looking for a family dog whose primary caregiver was going to
be one of their 13 year old twins. The family also has a 5 year old so we were
looking for a dog that could be comfortable in a variety of situations. We
were actually surprised with how many of our dogs did well when they were
introduced to the family, but, we weren’t surprised when they decided that
Hero was the one they wanted!
We seem to be on a roll and, hopefully, it will continue! Our most recent adoption was to a man who came with a list of few dogs he wanted to see and, as usual, we modified the list as we learned more about him and his life style. He narrowed the choices down to 2 dogs who are actually the same age but very different – one was a really bouncy girl and the other a pretty calm boy. As he deliberated, we helped him talk through the pros and cons of each dog and when he made his decision, he chose the last dog that popped into our minds to show ? our very handsome, fawn boy, Lunar!!
When we were expecting a lot of dogs a few months ago, we asked a small number of people to take foster dogs. In the last few days, two of the dogs that went to foster ended up being adopted. In the first case, the family was happy to help the dog, but they made it very clear that they would not be adopting. I told them that I understood and we proceeded. A couple of weeks ago, we thought it would be best to get the dog back into the kennel where it could be seen more easily. You could have knocked me over with a feather when I got a note from the family saying that they had decided to adopt JuJu!!
The next surprise came totally out of the blue. The family has had this particular dog for a couple of months and given that he came from a difficult background, we were in no hurry to move him back to the kennel. Then I got an email out of the blue saying that the lady wanted to give me her credit card to pay for her Mother’s Day present to herself. We couldn’t have been happier for the family but most of all for the sweet boy Star who came to us from Macau China!!
Then a couple came to find their next Greyhound. They had already had a few Greys and recently lost their last one so it was time to make an addition. They came with one particular dog in mind, but when they met him, he was so much like one of their earlier dogs that it was a little hard for them to handle. So, we went on to look at some of our other options. They met them and spent some time, asked a lot of questions and after carefully evaluating each dog, they decided that Idaho was their new dog!!
One more to go … A family with a soon-to-be, 8 year old daughter and an 8 month old baby came to visit. The dogs they have had in the past have been very active and bouncy so they were very interested in one of our two year old lurchers that just happened to have those characteristics. The parents thought she was darling (and she is!!!) but she was a little too much for the kids so we decided to move in a different direction.When we introduced them to one of our sweet little girls from Dubai, it was obvious there was a connection and she wasn’t phased at all by being around either of the kids. We were very excited when they chose Thaiba to go home with them!