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.
Elsa and Blade
The men that came today were looking for a dog that gets along with cats. That definitely narrowed down the field of dogs that were available to them. We showed them both of the cat friendly dogs we had and, it wasn’t very long after we brought out the second one that the men threw us a bit of a curve. One of the them said that they wanted to see how the dog did outside with the first dog we showed. Things went beautifully with the dogs, men etc. inside and outside! Soooo … they decided that they were going to take home both black beauties from Ireland, Elsa & Blade!!!
This man truly worked hard for this adoption!! He met his family-member-to-be a few months ago but he had a cat at that time and this particular dog was definitely not cat friendly. When his cat passed last spring, he realized he could pursue adopting the dog. He also knew that she definitely needed work on her manners and a few other things so he asked our trainer if he could schedule time to learn how to train her. They got together and then he has been coming to the kennel to train the dog every week for a few months. His dedication along with our trainer’s paid off, and he took home a dog that was much different than the one he originally met (she even sat to say hello when he came into the kennel – THAT IS BIG!!)! The two had clearly bonded and Sarah was obviously ecstatic as she left the building with her new dad.
This couple came to us last fall and adopted one of our little cuties from Hawaii, Mable who is now known as Meeka. They (more specifically, the wife) recently thought that they were ready for an addition, (actually, according to the husband, she would adopt a ton of dogs if he would go for it. Hopefully, that means they’ll be back for more at some point!!). But, back to the current adoption — the fact that they have two small dogs has made it a little tough to find a Greyhound that would work for their situation. However, by doing turnout and researching the dogs, the wife identified a sweet girl from Ireland that reportedly did well with small dogs in her previous place so we made plans to introduce all the dogs. Thankfully, they all got along just fine and Miss Speedy (nka Cleo) has found her new family!!
This family was lucky enough to meet two well-behaved, Greyhound girls that were owned by the people who did their home visit. They thought those dogs were greyt and came in wanting a calm girl like one of those. Of course, we had to explain that those dogs are calm now, but when they first went home, they were a handful and it’s because of the training the people have done that the dogs have become what they are. We did have a couple of relatively, calmer girls for them to meet and we were all happy when they decided that the one for them was a sweet, black & white girl who has been with us for quite a while. None of us could understand why Destiny, nka Suki, was still here but it must have been because she was waiting for “her” family and, thankfully, they finally showed up!! –
I know I have mentioned before that when someone comes in wanting a particular dog, it is pretty unusual for them to go home with that dog. This was one of those unusual cases — these people knew exactly who they wanted and they knew they were going to have to work a little to make this match work. The dog they wanted was a little shy and hesitant to trust people quickly, but with a little patience, he had already bonded with one family member and was well on the way to bonding with the others before he left. This little guy from Kauai with a huge name, Galactica (nka Galo for short), seemed to find just the right family for himself!!
This lady has been interested in a particular dog for a month or two, but had some trips planned so she was not able to adopt her at that time. On her way home from her last trip earlier this week, she found out that this dog was featured on one of the websites and that prompted her to kick everything in to gear so she could adopt her before someone else did. She got her application and home visit done ASAP and by this afternoon, she was ready to adopt. It was very cute to watch her with the dog and see how quickly they clicked and, by the time, she took Miss Sissy (our cute little brindle Lurcher) home, the lady said that she was already completely bonded to her — that’s not hard to believe!!
This Canadian couple has been planning to adopt a Greyhound for quite a while and things have finally lined up in their lives so that it is possible. So, they did their research, had a training session with one of our trainers and then headed south to meet their new family member. They met a few of our dogs and narrowed the list to one boy and one girl. Our little girl was just not comfortable with any part of the process (don’t worry, now we know what to work on with her), but our handsome black & white boy from Ireland knew exactly what to do! He had both of the people wrapped around his finger quite quickly so it was no wonder that they chose Boss as their new addition!