When we got there, the dog that we had been looking at was away at some training classes. The people there were so friendly, and they encouraged us to go to the West LA Animal Shelter and look around. We thought we'd go ahead and "just take a look." Is there such a thing???
Immediately, when we started to look at the dogs, I was greeted, by this girl. As I walked by, she jumped up on her kennel to get my attention and smiled at me. I walked over and crouched down to get a better look at her, and she stuck both of her paws out from under the door as if she were trying to hold my hands. She started trying to lick me through the door, and I turned to mush. Did we need another dog? Did we want another dog? Was this the best time for us to get another dog? Was she the right dog for us?? We took Daphne, that's her name, to the side yard with one of the volunteers to play with her. She was a big, energetic ball of love. She just wanted to play and give us lots and lots of kisses. I lost it. I burst into tears at the thought of leaving this sweet baby there. My husband wanted to take her, and she obviously wanted us to be her new family. So, we adopted her. As we were finalizing the details, the volunteer mentioned that Tuesday was Daphne's last day at the shelter. She had been there for too long, and if she didn't get adopted, that was it. That made us even more certain that we were making the right decision.
There was a little uncertainty about how she would get along with Batman, our French Bulldog, but as soon as we introduced the two of them, they hit it off. They have been great together, and Daphne has gotten along very well with everyone (on four legs and two) that's she's met so far. That's not to say that there hasn't been some adjusting, and some potty training that's needed to happen :o), but that's to be expected. She's worth the effort.
So, we are now a family of four, two humans, and two wonderful doggies!