One year

Casey

One year ago today we brought home our first rescue dog, Casey.  She had a rough start in her young life.  She was fortunate to have a mother that managed to find the right people to save them all.  Casey came from a litter of two sisters (Ella and Dallas) and one brother (Finn).  Their mother was Bree.

Shortly after being rescued Casey and Dallas became very ill.  From what I was told it was touch and go for both of them.  I am thankful there were professionals out there willing to do what it takes to save two stray pups!

Casey was considered a shy/timid dog.  Take note I used the word “was”!  I swear when she came home we spent at least the first two months on the floor.  She needed you down low.  She did not like to have her head touched.  Still not crazy about it from someone she does not know.  Noises, people, cars etc. would cause her to become scared.  To the point of shaking, with her tail tucked and sometimes she even whimpered.  Her crate became her safe place.  You could see her whole body relax every time she walked in her crate.  We left the door open for her so she had access anytime she felt anxious.  We would stay sitting on the floor in the living room but often she would go to her crate.  She would come and look at us to make sure we were still there before retreating to her safe place.  The only time she uses her crate now is when we are not home!

Waiting for a treat

Waiting for a treat

Casey had a hard time bonding with my husband because of his travel schedule.  Typically he is gone Monday thru Friday.  He had only a few days a week to attempt to win her over.  I thought he was going to cry, after about 6 to 8 weeks, she actually laid in the living room floor with him and watched TV for the night.  It was a beautiful thing.

Playing with a toy

Playing with a toy

The key to bringing Casey out of her shell was truly nothing more than patience.  There were days it felt like we had digressed.  We were like new parents with each new milestone!  She did not run to her crate when Brian came home…CELEBRATE.  She let us touch and actually pet her head…WAHOO.  Her tail has not been tucked for several weeks…PARTAY!    Eventually she joined a party of about 25 people and did not run when they acknowledged her…okay already having a party so…YAH!  She stands at the top of the stairs and stares down delivery people instead of hiding in the dining room…YES!  We are still celebrating milestones a year later!  She went out in the front yard without a leash and came to us when we called!  That was an OMG moment! LOL

I can not begin to thank the foster family and organization that saved our Casey and our Dallas!  Crystal, Chris and Alex went above and beyond to care for the litter and their mother.  First by Chris and Crystal knowing that they had to bring them home instead of taking them to a shelter!  Then by caring for them when they were so sick.  The time it took to teach them their manners, basic commands, crate training and house training.  My family and I will always be grateful for Crystal, Chris and Alex.  After all they saved two of our family members!

Taken last week. Using her sister Dallas as a pillow.

Taken last week. Using her sister Dallas as a pillow.

 

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Back in January I did a post about having “doggy blues”.  Since then I have been checking the shelter site almost daily looking at the dogs.  I also started looking at dog rescues.  I found one that I kept going back to…on a daily basis.  It just seemed different from the others I had briefly looked at.  The name of the rescue is, Lake Lanier Humane League.  They had great descriptions of the animals available.  It really gave you and idea of the dogs personalities.  There were three dogs that caught my attention.  I decided to fill out an application.  What could it hurt.  Not like I had to actually adopt a dog.  However, it is always nice to be prepared.  At least this is what I told my husband as I sat filling out the paperwork! 😉

I received a phone call from the foster mom of two of the dogs I was interested in.  The third dog had been adopted.  I spoke with Crystal, the foster mom, for almost an hour.  I decided on one dog I really felt I needed to meet.  On Friday, April 5th my son and I headed to a local Pet Smart.  There we met with the  foster family and the dog.  The dogs name is Casey.  She is just under a year old.  She is a boxer mix, a good ole Heinz 57 dog.  Casey is a timid dog.  We were warned about this while talking to Crystal.  Casey did not jump up on us wagging her tail in greeting.  She did however sniff our legs and did not act like we were a threat.  For a timid dog these are all good signs.

On Saturday, April 6th my husband and I went to the adoption the Lake Lanier Humane League was having at the Pet Smart.  We spent time with Casey in the adoption room.  Once again there was no jumping all over us licking our face in glee.  But, she took treats from my husband, did not get upset when he held on to her leash and eventually laid down next to him and slept.  All good signs.  My slightly reluctant husband was no longer slightly reluctant!  He walked away from the adoption wanting to bring home a total of 4 dogs!

Tuesday, April 9th we had the home visit.  With Casey being a timid dog we were told there would be two home visits.  We were okay with that.  If she was going to become part of our family we wanted her to be comfortable and happy with us.  We got a wonderful surprise and were told that if she reacted the same way she had during the other times we had met her we would be allowed to go ahead with the adoption!

Let me introduce Ms. Casey!

Casey