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.
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.