Join us here as Regional Vice President Kathy Kreyling shares stories from the Adoption Center. Check out our Available Dogs to see who’s still waiting for their forever home.
Sometimes a dog has to be in more than one home before it finds the absolute best place for itself and that is just the situation that this dog has been in. He has been in a couple of homes and, unfortunately, they were unable to deal with his terrible separation anxiety (SA). (BTW, it is no small job to help a dog through this problem and it can take months and months of work to get it to a manageable level.) Luckily, one day, a woman and her two sons walked into the kennel, met & fell in love with this wonderful dog and they were totally undaunted by the task ahead of them. She is a PhD student and has a flexible schedule that has allowed her to slowly work this dog through the SA training —this has definitely been a true labor of love. Through this family’s efforts, this guy has blossomed into a happy, more confident, outgoing boy and his separation anxiety is greytly improved. Moe is so happy to be with his new family and I know they are happy he is officially a family member now!!
Doing turnout can sometimes be dangerous to your emotional health — especially if you meet “your” dog immediately and you aren’t quite ready to adopt. (Face it, it’s really hard not to fall in love with these dogs!!) That is what happened in this situation. One of the men did turnout and, on his second shift, he met “his” dog! Then all he had to do was convince his partner that adopting this dog was a good idea & get his landlord to fix his fence. I’m not sure that much of anything could have slowed this guy down — he & his partner got everything done and they came to get their new family member. They were so excited to take Luna (our sweet, brindle girl from South Korea) home — they acted like two little kids that were excitedly waiting for Santa to arrive!!!
Through the years, this couple has had 5 of our Greyhounds and, after recently losing one of them, they and their current Grey, Maizie, were ready to adopt their 6th. When they heard we were going to be getting dogs from Ireland, they hopped right on it and made sure they were at the top of the list for an opportunity to adopt one of them. They looked at most of the Irish dogs and, truthfully, they are all pretty special — I kept wondering how they were going to make a decision. They were able to narrow down to three and then it took a little thinking, discussion and possibly some compromise before they made the final decision that Asha was the one for them!