Friday, May 06, 2011

Saying Goodbye

This is a hard post to do. So hard that I almost didn't do it. Funny how an animal can grab ahold of your heart strings and squeeze so tightly.

This week we said farewell to our lovely Doxy as she left us for a permanent home. Somewhere in Minnesota, of all places!

You will recall, she was the rescue dog that we took in with her seven abandoned puppies last December 4. We raised the puppies until they were eight weeks old and then gave them back to the animal rescue shelter here on the island for placement. I'm not sure of the status of all of them. I do know that one was placed here on the island and can be seen riding around on a scooter. Two died. That was heartbreaking to hear, but stuff happens.

We decided to keep the mama, whom we named Doxy, until a suitable home could be found and she had fully regained her health. When she left us, she was a bouncy, happy, semi-obedient, always willing to please little bundle of joy.

Some shots.

















Of course, before she left us, her shots were up to date, we had gotten her spayed, her hair and nails had been trimmed and her passport put all in order.

We were unsure before, but now we know that we would like a special dog in our lives permanently. Perhaps a Lab type mix with short hair that doesn't shed! One that we can take to the beach and throw a ball into the water for. And one that I can take on walks. Something good there for both of us.


We (mostly me) will be travelling a lot this summer so I think we will wait until fall to start looking. If we don't find something, there are always plenty of dogs that we can take in and nuture and teach how to become good citizens until a real owner comes along.]


If our hearts can stand it.

13 comments:

Ann said...

Such a cutie pie! I know you will find a dog that suits you when the time is right!

Billie said...

I think Doxy and our Carly could be cousins. I can't believe how attached to Carly we have become this year. She does change travel plans. Still, she adds a lot to our lives. I know you will find the right dog when the time comes.

IslaZina said...

You have done a lot and yes, it's time to become a permanent dad. It's hard here on the island to be an owner because of the prevailing ignorance about pets. But we who live here to initiate change by our example.

Nancy said...

They do capture your heart, don't they? One thing, though - all Labs I have ever known do shed. Our dog Henry is a Poodle/Schnauzer mix and he really does not shed at all. I think Coco might be the same but since she's a street dog we're not sure.

I can't wait to see who you choose - or who picks you!

Debi in Merida said...

My heart breaks for you - even though you knew she was temporary they wiggle in and it is SO difficult to let go.
I am also so proud of you both! Fostering is tough, Thank You! Thank You! Thank You!

Debi

- Mexican Trailrunner said...

She is a doll! I would've taken her in a minute.
Must be hard to give up foster-dogs, don't think I could do it.
Good for you guys you get to get a doggie! Good for the doggie too!

The Star Gal said...

You're a good man Charlie Brown.

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Mic said...

For you and Doxy....
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uiWig03ch8U