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Monday, February 3, 2014

full circle...8 weeks

last month we lost our beloved maggie to liver failure, i had been sobbing for a good solid 6 weeks during and after, but each day i was looking for a new dog to add back into our family. it was a gut wrenching process, almost as painful as losing maggie every time another dog slipped away from me... apparently i was seeking an extremely popular dog, so much so that applicants have to compete against one another as some invisible force decides on a whim who wins the golden carrot. i was even told a dog was mine, only to receive an email the next day saying nope, changed our minds.

cruel is all i can say...

to me, adding a dog into the family is a HUGE deal, you are planning to care for them, fingers crossed, for the next 17 years. i don't take adding a dog into our house lightly. losing that puppy over night felt like another death, i had already bonded and shared pics with friends... they were heartless. this went on for months, filling out application after applications, waiting for approvals while the dog you were trying to rescue was already placed as you sat in limbo. its a revolting process.

for the first time in my life i could not even rescue a dog... i was forced to scour craigs list, another first for me. the first 5 dogs i wrote about never even answered. now you are telling me i can't even buy a dog?

i looked at breeders, $1700 for a dog that looked just like all the other dogs i had been hoping to get. i just couldn't do it, that is like watching 17 dogs die in a shelter for my vanity...

so everyday i checked 45 bookmarked websites, shelters, rescues, craigs list, hours and hours a day, hoping it was my turn... i was looking at many states, many miles from home, many flights away...

yesterday i was lucky enough to find a listing and respond within 9 minutes! and the shocking news was they responded back immediately to call them. their listing was just border collie puppies; no color, no coat, no gender, nothing... i wanted a female rough coat black and white. i asked and held my breath... why yes i do have ONE.

OMG-OMG-OMG-OMG-OMG-OMG!!! IT FELT LIKE THE LOTTERY!

can i see a pic please? i was told she was typical border collie... umm i have looked at 1000s of dogs the last 2 months, there is nothing typical, its all about what face grabs you, and only a fistful had. if i am going to pay for a dog, i wanna love it...

lucky for me...

i did~

meet katie, our newest girl~















katie came from bodega bay, just a quick drive down from sea dream. the first day we got maggie we took her bodega bay, to think that we have found a puppy from bodega bay means this girl was made just for us, we have come full circle.

and the heart goes on...