Thursday, July 8, 2010
Dixie's 3rd Gotcha Day
Mom and Aunt Jennifer had just signed the lease on a new apartment where pets were allowed and Mom knew she wanted to adopt a dog. She also knew that she was leaving for Australia to study abroad in a week, so she thought she would just go to the shelter with Aunt Jennifer and get some dogs out of their kennels to play (at that shelter, dogs only get out if they are taken out by an adopter or volunteer).
They walked through the shelter and made a list of what dogs they wanted to take out. I was the first dog on that list. Mom said I was happy and she had never seen a dog like me or even heard of a Catahoula! When she and my aunt got me in the room, they both thought I was a great dog. After 45 minutes, they taught me to sit and Mom had totally fallen in love (Aunt Jennifer too!). They agreed that I was the right dog for Mom but weren't sure about adopting a dog right before leaving for a month. A volunteer came in and said that I had been there for months and that someone had sponsored my entire fee. Mom decided to call Grandmom and see if she would mind dog sitting me until Mom got back.
Grandmom said yes and Mom grabbed my papers and ran up to the adoption counter. Mom officially adopted me but they said she had to wait until the end of the week to pick me up because the spay schedule was full until then. Mom and Aunt Jennifer stayed with me for a little bit more but then they had to leave. Mom spent the rest of the day getting everything she needed for a dog.
The next day she got a call that she could pick me up 2 days early! They got me in for my spay early. Mom came to visit me after my spay and then picked me up the next day.
In the 3 years since we have had so many adventures together. I've been a service dog, I'm going to teach the new service dog what to alert to, I've taught people who didn't like dogs how to love them, I've got to meet so many awesome people and dogs. I can only imagine what the future holds!