Yesterday the children and I went to a local county shelter and spent over two hours going up and down the kennels and playing with one dog. We were so eager to adopt that we were almost swayed by one fellow...but, he wasn't right either.
Last night we spent a lot of time viewing videos and pictures on a wonderful web site called Adopt a Pet. This web site features animals that local rescue organizations have interacted with. The rescue centers partner with county pet care/animal shelters showcasing animals that might be overlooked, and spreads the word about the animals being available for adoption. We saw our dog on the site via a video. An added bonus is that you get to learn more about the dog's personality, see them being loved on, and whether they are good with children and other dogs.
So, today the four of us set out again to a different shelter, further away, in search of the dog who was meant for our family. We called ahead and found out our guy was still there. (Our dog was brought to the shelter, on 6/30/13, by his owner who developed an allergy to dogs.) He was neutered, up to date on his shots, micro-chipped and was ready to be adopted.
We arrived at the shelter, and after talking to him and patting him through the kennel bars, had to wait 45 very long...minutes before he could be brought out to the play area. When he was brought out to the play area, he was very curious and spent a lot of time sniffing the grass and fence. I was hesitant as he did not seem eager to get to know us. But...after only five minutes he was trotting around and responded quickly to all of our love. His fur is silky soft and he is a beautiful vanilla cream color. Two years old and twenty-one pounds of yummy. He is a Jack Russell Terrier mix and looks like a miniature lab.
When we got home he immediately ran around the back yard and went nuts playing fetch. He is a perfect size for a house dog, yet lively and active enough to take on hikes. And, he loves his crate and has gone into it on his own! We are all swooning over our new dog...Snowy.