Wednesday, October 6, 2010

How much is that doggy in the window?

My boyfriend is a dog lover. His family had a dog(s) for as long as he can remember. His experience with cats is very limited, but somehow he has learned to love my crazy cat Myrtle.

I am a cat lover. I have had a cat(s) for as long as I can remember. My experience with dogs is very limited, but that is about to change...

Brian & I have been talking about getting a dog for a few months now. I know that, for a long time, Brian has craved the companionship,affection, and unconditional love that a dog brings to your life... but he realized that living alone and in a small apartment was not a good situation to bring a dog into. Now that he has a house of his own and we're building our life together, we feel that the time is right to add a dog to our little family. For several different reasons, we agreed that it was probably best to get a dog that was on the smaller side. We also thought it would be good to get a dog who was about a year old, so that we didn't have to go through the process of crate training and/or housebreaking it. So we've been looking. And looking. And looking some more. What we found was a heartwarming story about a beagle named Savannah who'd given birth to 8 puppies under some less-than-desirable conditions...

Savannah's owners were under the impression that she was a purebred beagle, so when she was just 7 months old herself, they mated her with another purebred beagle with the intention of selling their puppies in Trinidad (apparently they're worth alot of money over there?) - that was until someone informed them that Savannah was actually NOT a purebred beagle... she was also part hound. So these responsible owners took a very-pregnant Savannah and dropped her off at an animal shelter. The animal shelter didn't feel that their facility was the best environment to deliver and raise a litter of puppies in, so they contacted the Fallston Animal Rescue Movement to see if they would be willing to take Savannah and care for her and the puppies. Thankfully, they agreed and on August 19th, Savannah gave birth to 8 little puppies. Unfortunately, one of the puppies didn't make it but the other 7 did! Brian submitted an application and has been watching these puppies on the F.A.R.M. website for several weeks... this past Saturday was the first day they puppies were being brought out into public for people to see, so we went there almost as soon as they opened. We actually got there before the puppies did! A few minutes later, they brought in these 7 little wiggly balls of fur and they were SOOOO cute!!!!! Brian picked one of the puppies up and handed him to me... I got some puppy snuggles and lots of puppy kisses! We held that first puppy for awhile and then put him back so we could check out his brothers and sisters. As soon as we put him back in the pen, he stood up and was whimpering and almost reaching for us with his little puppy paws! We held a couple other puppies but it was pretty clear to us that the first dog had already captured our heart! All of the puppies were adorable, but that first puppy seemed to have the best personality of them all. When we picked him up again, his little tail was wagging a mile a minute! Brian & I agreed that we had found our little guy...

Because he's only 6-weeks old, we couldn't take him home that day... we were sad to leave him, but we're anxiously awaiting October 16th so we can pick him up and bring him home! :) When we left, we headed over to Pet Smart to buy him some presents to welcome him home... now comes the hard part - we have to work on picking a name that we can both agree on! LoL

Here are some pictures and a video of the no-named puppy! :)

all that excitement wore this little guy out!

I wonder what he's dreaming about?

getting to know his Daddy :)

puppy kisses!!

snuggling with his Mommy :)

look at that little face!!!

saying hello to his family in Chicago! :)