WE GOT A DOG a year and a 1/2 ago
Here's the story:
Occasionally I'll peruse the local animal shelter's website. I'm not sure why because while having a dog was always something we wanted to do in the future it's not something that we thought was going to happen anytime soon.
I found this guy:
I showed Chris. We both fell in love instantly. I thought it was great that he was 3-4 years old so I didn't have to housebreak him or deal with puppy stuff, yay! Soooooo we went to check him out.
our very first meeting at the shelter!
We took the kids and they were very excited. We couldn't find him at first but then asked someone and he took us to him. The guy there let us take him out of his cage. Chris had him on the leash and the kids got to pet him. He was very calm and interested in what was going on around him. We also learned that he wasn't 3-4 years old, but 3-4 MONTHS old..... there goes my no puppy perk! Before we left we impulsively put an application in for him. He already had another app in for him which made us sad. They typically wait a couple weeks or until 3 applications are in on a dog until they make a decision.
Part of the application asked about a fenced in yard (which we don't have) and kids (which we do have) and other pets (which we do have) I listed our cat who mostly lives outside/garage. They also asked for the cats vet info which I provided. We haven't taken our cat to the vet in years.....
We left the shelter hopeful but the more we thought and talked about it the more worried we became. We were already so invested in this dog. The thought of not getting him was heartbreaking.
We put in the application on a Saturday and the next Thursday (during a newborn session) I got a call that we were chosen to be his family! I can't tell you how giddy I was receiving that call! I called Chris and the kids right away, ran to target to grab a few necessities and met them at the shelter to pick up OUR DOG!!
10/11/12 --on our way home!
At the shelter his name was 'Smiley' because of the "smiling" he does when he greets people (which we later learned is a sign of submission). We quickly changed his name to Sergeant (and in Sgt. Pepper) and left Smiley as his middle name :)