I drove three hours to New York specifically to adopt Kelly (now Sassy). When I got to the SPCA I was disappointed at the crowd (although great for the animals!) that was waiting to adopt the available puppies and figured I wouldn't be high enough on the list to be able to adopt her. I waited for almost all those other people to go in to see the puppies and hoped that it would work out. Finally, I was able to go in and Kelly was still available...I was so thankful! There was just something about her picture, she looked happy and a bit mischievous. I took her home that day and was able to make it back to Pennsylvania fifteen minutes before my son got home from school. You should have seen his face when he saw that little puppy at the front door waiting for him, wagging her tail and bottom (as that's the way it seems to work)! It is an understatement to say that he was thrilled!
My husband and I adopted a Black and Tan Coonhound from North Carolina (while visiting friends) about 14 years ago. She was what I term a "dumpster dog" and ate trash and drank water from the ditches in the farmland. We took her to the vet there and then took her home to Georgia with us. She was the most wonderful dog. She passed away this past December and our hearts were broken. We really wanted to get another dog and I, especially, wanted another hound dog. I just love them.
Anyway, my husband was away at a conference when I adopted Kelly (although he saw her online and knew of my plans) and didn't get to see her until he came home on Sunday night at 12 midnight. I think he fell immediately in love. It was rather comical!
We have decided to rename Kelly "Sassafras" and we call her that and Sassy. I was a little worried she might be confused by a name change, but she seems to be doing fine with it. Sassy is such a wonderful dog and she is very entertaining! She is very verbal and makes these "little piggy", as my son calls them, noises when she is getting comfortable or you scratch her belly or she wakes up from a nap. She cries when she is hungry, needs to go out, wants attention, is tired or one of "her people" leaves the room. She is getting really comfortable with us and the house and is kind of opening up with her puppy play. She especially loves running flat out in the backyard. Just like our last dog, she can run really fast and turn on a dime. She has already learned "off" and "sit" so we will work on "come" next. We plan to get into a puppy obedience class, hopefully soon, as it has been a long time since we have trained a dog. I'm confident she'll pick it all up very quickly.
All I can say is...I already really love this little puppy. She is such a joy and has really filled a void in our lives. I am so happy we were able to adopt her and so grateful there are people out there, like you all, who take such great care of these valuable, but unwanted, animals. We are so fortunate to have her. Attached are a few pictures of our "Sassy girl".
Thank you again for your dedication and caring.
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