My One Year
This month last year I was adopted by my current family.
It’s only fitting to reminisce a bit about those early days so that we can all really appreciate the present!
I don’t remember my old family at all. That’s fitting since they didn’t think too hard about me when they dumped me at the Riverside County Shelter. The folks there try very hard to get cats and dogs adopted out, but Riverside Shelter is not a no-kill shelter. Last year they euthanized over 350 “adoptable” dogs. If the folks at Lhasa Happy Home Rescue had not picked me up last June, I might have been one of those unlucky pooches. Believe me it was quite lucky. Please note that I am NOT a Lhasa Apso. Luckily, Lhasa’s mission includes other small breeds. ( Snorkie’s must be included!) Randee said she fell in love with my ears!
Here is a picture of me in from those early times.
This was taken near the end of August 2010.
I’ve always loved belly rubs. And my ears are quite cute.
Randee, the head of the Lhasa rescue, immediately sent me to live with my Foster Mom. She had two kids and they were great to me. I don’t remember them very well now. I think I was a little traumatized by all the shifting from place to place. Consider this — I was with my first family as a puppy(home number 1) , then when I was about 6 months old they brought me to the pound ( home number 2) , then about a month later, Randee came and got me and I stayed with her ( home number 3) and then with Barbara ( home number 4) and finally…. Finally with my mama. That’s five
different places before I was 10 months old. Let’s face it. I was a nervous wreck. I didn’t really settle down until a couple of months after Mama and Daddy had me. Mama has the vet bills to prove it!
How My Mama Found Me
Mama’s allergic to most dogs so they looked on Petfinder.com for a hypoallergenic dog. (By the way, we think that the study that said that hypoallergenic dogs don’t exist is deeply flawed.) Mama knew that if she went to the local pound, she was bound to fall in love with a dog that would make her eyes red and nose itchy. Finding a forever fur friend is a lifelong commitment. People need to use their heads along with their hearts to match themselves with an appropriate fur friend. Mama saw me online and I fit the bill. I was the right size for our house and the right breed or combination of breeds for her nose! She filled out the adoption forms, cleaned up the house for a home visit from the Lhasa volunteers, and then finally met me!
The rest, as they say, is history.
This is me that first day on Randee’s couch.
The picture is not good. Mama took it with her phone.
The whole family fell in love with me on the spot. Within about 3 hours I was on my way with Mama and the boys to buy me a bed, water and food bowl and dog food. With the exception of vet and grooming appointments, it’s been paradise here!
As he was giving me a belly rub, Daddy told me that I was spoiled rotten!
How Are We Celebrating My Anniversary?
Mama started the celebration by making my every day food especially savory.
I’ve had a little wet canned food mixed into my kibble every day. OMD! It’s heavenly! I’ve also shared family cook out grub! I’ll just say one word – Hamburger!
To complement my new hair cut, mama got me a t-shirt. I think I look tough.
Daddy thinks I look tough too! Here I am greeting him at the door!
I love Daddy! And I kind of like my t-shirt too. I don’t try and bite it off like my Christmas sweater.
It suits me perfectly.
SECURITY! That’s what I am, that’s my job!
I’m the SECURITY DOG!
It fits my new MUSCLE DOG look!
Mama has also taken me to the dog park a few times this month!
Of course, I don’t wear my t-shirt to the park.
I don’t want to make anyone jealous!
At the park Mama took some pictures of me before I got down to the serious business of playing!
Then it was play time!
Here I am with my new buddy! I never got his name. His Mama was way at the other end of the park!
And here’s my other buddy!
I’ve had a great time at the park! I’ve even renewed some old acquaintances.
I love riding in the car with Mama.
Here we are coming back from the park on one of our many trips this month!
This is just a taste of the type of things that we’ve been doing this month to celebrate my anniversary. Mama says there’s more fun on the way. She mentioned something about a play date with Mo-mo – the poodle down the street. And I think there’s more time at the dog park on the calendar!
But the truth is…
I don’t really need all this stuff.
I’m happy sitting on the couch with my hu-brothers while they play video games or practice the guitar.
I’m happy sleeping at the foot of Mama and Daddy’s bed.
I’m happy pressing my face into Mama’s hand for a ear scratch.
I’m happy sitting on Daddy’s lap while he’s watching a movie.
I’m happy because I’m in my house with a family that will NEVER give me up!
We belong together.
If I have a wish for my anniversary (like a birthday wish!),
It is that every dog and cat can have a forever home where people love and care for them.
That’s my anniversary wish!
I may keep Mama and Daddy up all night barking at critters in the back yard.
I may chew on somebody’s glasses if they are left in my reach.
I may threaten the mail carrier every morning.
I may run under the coffee table when the grooming brush comes out.
I may even jump on the dining room table and steal a piece of breakfast bacon!
But I know I am loved!
I am an integral part of the family
Smell you later fellow pet bloggers.
Licks and Sniffs,