Saturday, May 13, 2017
Sunday, on the way to the shelter with Cara, I had the overwhelming feeling that I needed to tell the shelter people to put us on a waiting list in case Cara's buddy came back and that the other dog we looked at wasn't the one for us. I walked into the office and the desk clerk recognized me right away and the first thing she said was, "Cara's buddy might be coming back and you can have him. Oh, and Penny got adopted this morning." The person who adopted Cara's buddy was a rather old and infirm lady. The dog escaped from her "impenetrable" yard and she wasn't fit enough to go look for him so the shelter lady was going over to look. If they found him and he was in one piece, we could have him right away.
I got the email on Monday and the dog was found so we all went to get him. He and Cara were so happy to see each other, licking each other's mouths and bouncing around. Best of all, in the play yard, when I called Cara, she came to me right away, tail up, happy and affectionate so the staff could see how well she was doing with us. Such a far cry from them having to carry her out to our car one week before.
Yoshi is a German Shepherd-Beagle mix and weighs in at 31 pounds. He's got perfect manners indoors and out and is especially fine on a leash. He's great with the kids and the cats, but he does snore like crazy and when I pet him, he loves it so much that he started to made funny noises, a cross between a rumble a wheeze a cough and a snore. He sleeps in with Jie Jie and Blossom on his dog bed and Cara sleeps in with me on her dog bed.
Her desire to be with us is working in her favor. She was in the wagon today crossing the street to the park (because she refused to walk) but got excited after only 30 feet or so and walked the rest of the way. She's starting to see the wagon as her safe place and both dogs are doing well walking beside it or the stroller.
This morning when I put the two dogs out in the yard, I peeked at them through my bedroom window without them seeing me (otherwise they run right up to me) and saw Cara absolutely flying through the yard. She must have some kind of racing breed mixed in with her to account for such a long, airborne stride. It would account for her lean line, too.