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Thursday, August 23, 2012


This past Sunday I welcomed a new addition to my family.  I had been looking for a pup who would 'fit' for me.  I'd been looking at Petfinder for a little while and hadn't found that special pup.  Then Friday there she was - she was listed with her brother and sister.  I kept thinking about her and finally filled out the application and emailed it to the person listed. She responded that someone was supposed to meet with her that weekend.  If anything changed she would let me know.  I was sad, but I knew I had tried.  Then she sent another email right before I shut the computer down for the night. The people had to go out of town, and they don't hold dogs.  So I went to the vet Sunday morning to meet her - the three puppies had been rescued from a kill shelter in southern Illinois and hadn't been placed with a foster yet.   Her brother was getting adopted right before I got to see her.  She was smaller than her picture - I think her fur made her look bigger, and the rescue person told me she was 5 pounds according to her vet records, not the 7 she had estimated on the Petfinder description. She claimed me immediately, peeing on me, but it was her cuteness and personality that won me over.  She's been here four days now and is settling in rather well for a puppy.  She sleep through the night in her crate next to my bed with just a wimper when I first put her in and then go to the bathroom.  She poops outside but we're still working on the pee.  She has gotten a bit more 'bitey' since she's been here - the rescue person had commented as we played in a room at the vet's that she seemed more kissy than bitey...she's still kissy, but has discovered her teeth.  She's not been destructive, which is good, and I've been trying to correct her when she starts  mouthing something she shouldn't.  And of course she has a carpet full of stuffies she's been showing who's boss.  We start our puppy classes at Petsmart on the 2nd.  She'll be a work in progress for a while, but I'm sure she (and me) will figure it all out.  In the meantime, welcome Riley to my little family!


♥♥♥ The OP Pack ♥♥♥ said...

Oh, we are so happy for you. Riley seems like a little doll. How old is she? Mom says she looks a lot like her Muffin from many years ago. We wish you and Riley all the best together. Squeeeee - we are very happy for you, oh we already said that:)

Woos - Phantom, Thunder, Ciara, and Lightning and Mom

Khyra And Sometimes Her Mom said...


Welkhome Riley...

Woo always knew the one fur woo would find woo!


houndstooth said...

Congratulations! I'm so happy for you and Riley both! :) She is adorable. No wonder you fell for her!

Two French Bulldogs said...

Benny & Lily

Tweedles -- that's me said...

Oh kissy kissy to Riley!
She is adorable and what beautiful fur and those eyes!!!
We are so happy for you.
We cannot wait to hear all about"school".

Payton's mom said...

I look forward to reading about more Riley stories and seeing more cute pics! Congrats!

Golden Woofs! SUGAR said...

Woof! Woof! Oh finally ... Golden Happy you found Riley. What a cutie :-) and love the name Riley. Lots of Golden Woofs, Sugar

Mr. Pip said...

What wonderful news! Welcome Riley! She's beautiful!

Your pal, Pip

Mr. Coco said...

Congrats! She's a cutie!

Amber DaWeenie said...

This is wonderful and she's such a cutie pie! Can't wait to hear lots more about her!

Archie and Melissa said...

oh how exciting!
r-chee and i are so excited for you and riley!

we cannot wait to meet her and hear about your new life together as it unfolds!

m & a