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.

 

Penny and Roo

After we brought Casey home we needed to find a vet.  Several people recommend good ones close to home.  A co-worker of my husband suggested we try the vet she uses.  It was not close to us but she said they are worth the drive.  I called to make an appointment.  I was pleased with the way they handled the call and me! 😉  Being a first time pet owner, as an adult, I had a lot of questions.  They were extremely patient with me.  For which I was grateful!  Since the first phone call we, Casey, Dallas and their humans, have become very comfortable with the staff at Duluth Animal Hospital.

Not only the staff but some of their own pets.  Yes, they are allowed and seemingly encouraged to bring their pets to work.  There are two pets that have recently become celebrities in their own right.  Let me introduce you to Penny the Silkie chicken and Roo the Chihuahua.

Roo is happy to share his bed with Penny!

Roo is happy to share his bed with Penny!

Here is a link where you can read about their story.  I will tell you a little bit about my experience with them.  I have to admit I have never been a fan of the Chihuahua’s.  My Aunt had one when I was a young girl.  That dog was mean!  So I associated the nastiness with the whole breed.  Not fair, I know.  Well, then I met Roo.  He begs to be picked up, when you do he snuggles in and wiggles about to find just the right spot in your arms.  He looks at you with those beautiful eyes and you just melt.  You can’t help but fall in love with him!

Penny walks around making sure everything is in order!  She loves when people come in to see her.  She is so soft and does not seem to mind being petted by young and old a like.  She tolerates people like me introducing her to their animals.  Casey was not real sure what to do with Penny.  She sniffed her feathers.  Penny clucked…not sure it was a “cluck” per-say but it was a noise Casey had never heard before!  Casey just watched her and Penny went about her day as usual.

Fun in the snow!

Fun in the snow!

This was taken when Atlanta had the snow and ice storm.  Just two friends checking out the white stuff.  Thankfully Roo did not get stuck.  If he had I have no doubt Penny would have pushed him out of the snow drift!

Penny checking to see if Roo is feeling better.

Penny checking to see if Roo is feeling better.

Here you can see how much they care for each other.  Roo was sick last week.  Penny is, well, behaving like a mother hen and making sure he is okay! 🙂  What a beautiful friendship these two have with each other.  I find it so cool I can witness this first hand every time we visit the vets office.  Which…by the way…is tomorrow!

 

Then there were two

I have been MIA from my blog in part because of Casey.  If you remember we adopted Casey in April of 2013.  She had a bad knee and required surgery.  She was down from July until September.  If you think it is difficult keeping a sick toddler calm try doing it with a dog!  Poor girl had a rough summer!  No walking, running or climbing stairs for 2 months!  Crate or confined to a very small area in the house.  She was allowed to go outside on a leash to go to the bathroom and that was it.

She was a champ and did well.  For the most part!  Naturally she was antsy and a bit confused as to why she suddenly had so many restrictions.  But, we got through.  Then she started having a bit of a problem with the pin that had been put in her knee.  That required a second surgery to remove the pin!  She could not catch a break.

The other reason I have been  MIA is because once Casey was healed we brought home her sister (same litter), Dallas!  We had talked about a second dog but were not sure we could handle a second one.  I called to see if Dallas was still available.  She was.  Their foster Mom was thrilled that we were considering bringing Dallas home.  I went and saw Dallas alone just to make sure she was still the sweet girl we remembered.  The second time I brought Casey.  Just to make sure they still remembered each other.  They did!!  Both were very happy to see the other.  It was so cute!

Dallas

Dallas is home!

Stretching those long legs

Stretching those long legs

Dallas came home five months and one day after Casey!  They behave like typical sisters.  They fight, play, explore, jockey for attention and love! One minute they will be wrestling for a ball and the next they will be all curled up together taking a nap.

Nap time!

Nap time!

The dynamic of our home has changed so much over the last 10 months.  We always laughed but we laugh so much more.  All three of us humans are calmer and more relaxed.  My husband says no matter how bad a day he has had when he walks in the house and these two come running…nothing else matters!

Dallas and Casey...look at those faces!

Dallas and Casey…look at those faces!

New Addition

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