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She’s Heeerrrrreeeeeee!

CuteFINALLY!  Miss Stella is here in Maine!  We arrived at the pick up location bright and early.  There was a van out front full of dog crates…I didn’t want to go look in.

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We stood in line with all the other anxious dog Mom and Dad’s and watched people get matched up one by one with their new furry friends!  Some of the dogs were clearly very scared, anxious, but that is to be expected considering the ride up from down South.

A few of the dogs were bouncy and were wagging their tails….and then in came Miss Stella….although her previous name was “Leila”….we changed it.  She bounded right into the room, tail wagging and full of that happy puppy energy!  Love at first site!  I don’t know who was happier, her or me!  She drew alot of “Awwwwww!”‘s from the crowd.

We loaded her into the car and Rob drove us home!  Yay

We probably did just about everything they tell you not to do with a new puppy.   We had a very active weekend!  Company in town….a cookout at the house Saturday night….sensory overload for most puppies in new surroundings, but not for Stella!!!

She LOVED it and loved everyone!  She was remarkably calm given what she’s been through.  I can’t say enough about the people from Golden Retreiver Rescue Lifeline, Inc. in Biddeford.  They made this whole process of adopting so easy.  They are hard-working volunteers who go above and beyond to save dogs like Stella, who as a Southern dog would have been put to sleep if not adopted from the shelter in a few days.

We didn’t know what to expect with a dog that we had never seen in person.  Rob was a little nervous about that aspect.  What did we get?  As far as we can tell…..a very sweet, intelligent, gentle and adorable beyond words puppy!

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She liked riding in the car, we took her for her first trip into PetCo.  The worst part of her day was a trip in the afternoon to Planet Dog for her first “Brazilian”.  She’s a long haired dog, and has had a little “intestinal issue” which is common for her situation.  Long hair….and puppy “squirts” don’t mix.  Rob paled at the thought of having to clean up her little butt.  So I drove her off to Planet Dog for her first “Sphincter Shave”.  Whhhhhhheeeeeeeee!!!

“Welcome to Maine Stella, now hold still while this nice lady takes an electric razor to your butt!”  She didn’t even flinch…..I would have been screaming to the heavens.  They are super nice at Planet Dog and the groomer was very gentle with her and gave Stella lots of treats!

Back home we went….feeling a littler fresher and lighter!  She was well behaved with all of the company we had!  She had more visitors on Sunday when C&G stopped by to check her out!

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Plenty of kisses for everyone!  Lots of snuggling, treats, presents and tummy rubs!

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It was commented that she looked so “at home…like she’s always been here!”.   You couldn’t really ask for more.

In trying to keep with not making some of the same “mistakes” I made with Sadie…..we are going to crate her while we eat.  Sadie was a champion begger and was not shy about letting you know she was under the table waiting for you to give her something.  We’re also trying to keep Stella off of the furniture.  I did catch Rob letting up onto his lap while sitting on a chair.  “Bad Rob! Bad!”

We’re also not letting her sleep in the bed with us.  Sadie was an excellent snuggler, but a phenomenal bed hog.  We’re keeping Miss Stella in her crate at night.  She did really well.  A couple of little whines, but nothing like the screeching and howling that we expected.  When we come down in the morning there she is….all nice and quiet just wagging her tail.

We’re still not sure what she exactly is.  Definitely a schauzer mix….mix of what we don’t know.

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She’s 23 lbs, has hair instead of fur….and has long, long legs!  She’s all black, but in the sun you can see red highlights underneath the black….she’s got a little patch of white on her chest….and a teeny bit of white on her front right paw.  It’s like she dipped her paw in paint!

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She looks bigger than she actually is.  All of that hair covers a skinny little frame.  She’s got long legs, but is not even as tall as my knee.  She has her first vet appt tomorrow and maybe he can tell us more.  We know nothing of her life before she went to the shelter and was rescued.  The woman at GRRL said the previous owners didn’t know they would have to “brush her so much”.  We look at her and can’t believe that someone gave up such a beautiful, smart, loveable dog!

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She walked around the Blvd with us on Sunday and was very well behaved.  Later in the day Rob and I walked her around the “hood”.  She loves to run around the house with her stuffed toys….and follows us everywhere.  She (and we) were exhausted after a long weekend of playing.

We’re so happy to have her with us!  Not that we don’t still miss Sadie, but this makes it hurt less!  Rob said yesterday, “There are babies (what we call her stuffed animals) ALL over the house!”  I said, “I KNOW!  Isn’t it awesome?”

We love you Stella!!!!!

Stella&Mama

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Countdown to Stella!

StellaWe are eagerly awaiting the arrival of Stella!  She’ll be here in two days.  We’re adopting a rescue dog from the South.  Why?  About 7 weeks ago we had to put our wonderful Sadie to sleep.  She was our beautiful, fabulous 13 .5 year old Black Lab.  We were devastated.  I miss her every day.  Much sooner than I thought would be possible I felt ready for another dog.
The house was too quiet….my heart too broken…. I searched petfinder.com for hours….days…searched and searched. Not for a replacement for Sadie….because there is none, but for another dog in need of some love. Last week I found “Stella” and fell in love. She’s not Sadie…..never will be Sadie….Sadie was the best dog ever.
Rob wasn’t quite ready….maybe my hysterical daily tears and moping around the house pushed him over the edge?

Rob didn’t seem to be able to bring another black lab into the house. He very clearly shot down my dream of a “Bassador”….he deemed them “freakish” with their short little legs.

It’s been a long time since I went through the “puppy hell” phase of owning a dog. Sadie was 6 months old when I got her. I got her from a woman who just didn’t have the time for her. I lived right next to the beach…had the time….I adopted her. The first time I saw her….I sat down on the floor, she was all legs….and climbed into my lap and slurped my whole face….love at first sight. Except for a vacation here and there…we were together for 13 years.

Out of the HUNDREDS of dogs that I looked at online….Stella was the one. Something about her eyes and her cute little face said she had to be ours. Rob fought it….wasn’t sure about a dog we never met in person.

We’re adopting Stella through a local rescue organization, but she is actually a Southern dog. She’s in a foster home down in Louisiana. In case ya’ll didn’t know…..down south…they don’t tend to neuter/spay their dogs….and they keep them outside most of the time…..when they are done with/tired of/can’t care for/can’t be bothered with them… they turn them over to a shelter….which unlike in New England are high kill shelters. Meaning that if they are not adopted within a few days….they are put to sleep. Perfectly good dogs…put to sleep….some purebreds…others just confused mutts just wanting to be loved.

Also taking into consideration the “black dog syndrome”….go ahead…google it…..I felt an even greater need to get Stella. To save her….and in a way to save me.

We (me) filled out the paperwork….spoke with the woman who heads the rescue and we were approved to adopt her!

This Thursday, they will load Miss Stella (in a crate) into a van full of other rescue dogs and start the trip to Maine. It will take them until Saturday a.m. to get here. We will be at the designated spot waiting for our new four footed furry friend.

She is a schnauzer mix….8 months old…23 lbs and they call her “sweet”. I am hoping she doesn’t eat our furniture….chew all of my shoes….or destroy Rob’s favorite hat. Sadie’s first years were “trying”. She ate a hole in the sheet rock of my apt., chewed the woodwork and furniture, ate shoes, shredded magazines….chewed the labels out of my clothes…..hopefully Stella is a little calmer??

There you go. It’s “only” been 7 weeks since we lost our girl, but it seems like forever. I will love Sadie forever, but am excited to welcome Stella into our lives!!! I think Sadie would approve.

I’ve never blogged before, but I thought I would give it a try!

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