Love my doggie

26 Sep

About a month and a half ago, Travis and I adopted a dog from the Boulder Humane Society named Katy. She is a year old and is an Australian Cattle Dog mix (we think she could also have some Shiba Inu, Beagle and/or Hound in her).

The adoption was dramatic. Travis and I had been talking for several months about getting a dog. At first, we wanted to buy a purebred Golden Retreiver because we knew several people with them, they were great dogs, and were big enough to run/hike with but not too big. Problem was, we couldn’t find one cheaper than $800. Travis was willing to adopt a dog if I would do the legwork (since I was the one who wanted one the most) but after a few dead ends, I kind of lost momentum on the whole dog search.

My co-worker D loves dogs and would show me the pictures of the adoptable dogs at the Boulder Humane Society every once in a while. At the beginning of August, she sent me the link one day at work and it motivated to start looking more earnestly. I checked out a book from the library about dog breeds and read more about them online.

There was an Australian Shepherd 8-week old puppy available at the shelter–a male named Bob. After reading about that dog breed and hearing good things about them, we decided that we wanted to adopt Bob. I called the Humane Society right when they opened the next morning and put a hold on him. We planned to buy dog supplies after work and drive up to Boulder to meet Bob and take him home.

About 2 hours after I called and put a hold on Bob, the Humane Society called back and said that a couple had been there looking at Bob at the exact same time as I called. They had put a hold on him–as they were actually at the shelter, their hold trumped mine. I was so devastated that I started crying. I knew that dogs, especially puppies, didn’t stick around the shelter for long–surely the other couple would come back to get him. And I was convinced that Bob was the dog for us.

I called Travis and we mulled over what to do. There was a slight possibility that the other couple wouldn’t take Bob and that I would be able to go pick him up on Saturday. Because Travis would be out of town by then, we decided to head up to Boulder anyway, just to meet him so that we would know if we wanted him or not, if the call did come.

Since we were at the shelter anyway, we looked around at the other dogs. That’s when we saw Katy. Travis had been hearing good things about Australian Cattle Dogs from a guy at work who had a couple of his own. We decided that we wanted to meet Katy. With such a cute face, so much energy, and her petite size, Katy even won over Travis, who had promised himself that we wouldn’t leave the shelter with a dog.

We left with Katy.

Since she is a year old, she’s pretty much done growing, she was totally house trained, and she is pretty obedient to our commands. Best of all, she’s the perfect size to cuddle with me (which she loves to do!) and she’s strong (typical of her breed) so that she can still run and hike with us, once she is cured of her heartworm (a condition she had when we adopted her…but the Boulder Vet Clinic will treat her for free because we adopted her from the shelter).

Here are some pictures of our Katy girl. We love her to pieces.

OK Mom, enough with the pictures already.

OK Mom, enough with the pictures already.

Fine, just this one picture and we're done then, ok?

Fine, just this one picture and we're done then, ok?

Katy's favorite thing to do

Katy's favorite thing to do

A happy hiker

A happy hiker

Cuddling on the couch

Cuddling on the couch

Watching for squirrels

Watching for squirrels

Hugs!

Hugs!

Katy is such the perfect dog for us that I feel totally blessed by God through her. The thing that really showed us God’s providence in directing us to Katy was that the day after we adopted her, I got a call from the Humane Society saying that Bob was still available. God provided a great dog for us!

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