November 18, 2012

I just adopted a sweet dog


One more thing to be thankful for — we just adopted this sweet girl from Puget Sound Rescue. She's a lovely, quiet, gentle soul who is settling into her new home with grace and calm.


She was a stray in a high-kill shelter and was in the "back room" waiting to be euthanized before the rescue team stepped in.


I'm a little concerned that she hasn't made a sound yet — no barking, no crying. It's a little odd. She's been through a lot in the past week what with being transported to Seattle from California, getting groomed, spayed, etc. She's got a veterinary  appointment on Wednesday, and I'm curious what the vet will say about her silence.


Now we just have to name her, but my husband and I can't agree on a name. So far we have Callie (Calliope), Fiona, Olivia, and a couple of others. Please help by suggesting names! I need to teach her what "come" means and it would be a lot easier if I could teach her her name first!


Happy Thanksgiving!

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  1. OH, such a sweet face - yours too! I think it's wonderful. I suggest calling her by every name you can think of and see if she responds to one.

    Happy Thanksgiving to you too! We'll be with the same folks as usual so you can picture it - NOT at our house this year though. We are already planning the menu!

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    1. Thanks, Claire. So far, she responds to every name we call her. I don't know why I have so much trouble with names.

      I still fondly remember the wonderful thanksgiving we spent with you — I always wished I could do it every year. Say hi to Bill and Renée for me, and Jules if he's there.

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  2. Happy Thanksgiving and bless:

    Name her Eudora... for Eudora Welty who wrote a wonderful book entitled" Where is the voice coming from" about Medgar Evars. (not applicable but still a lovely name for her)

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    1. I like that! But my husband says it makes him think of email. He's making the name selection harder!

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  3. Oh my gosh, so cute! Our rescue dog has been the best dog ever. I hope you have many years of joy together with her :)

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    1. Our last dog came from a shelter and she was wonderful — it's hard to believe these were throwaway dogs heading for euthanasia.

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  4. Congratulations on your new sweetie, Andrea! She looks SO sweet and is super adorable. I get such a warm feeling when I hear someone adopted. :)

    Olivia is a cute name and it stood out for me, for some reason.

    Emma was very, very quiet for quite a while after we brought her home. After a week or two, though, her personality really came out. Does she seem to be able to hear okay?

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    1. Thank you! She hears VERY well. And she seems able to see well also. Yesterday she wouldn't eat any of her dry food nor would she drink water. (She did eat canned food, though, when I finally gave her some.) This morning she ate her kibble but still won't drink anything. I think she needs to settle in, though she doesn't seem frightened and is very affectionate. The foster mother said she had been very quiet at her house, too.

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  5. Yay!! So happy for you both! She looks totally sweet and adorable. Not a puppy, right? (So she may already know "come"?). In any case, Elsie was silent for the first 6 months we had her. Then--boom!--we couldn't shut her up! ;-) I think I like Callie the best of the names you have so far.

    What a great Thanksgiving gift--for you, and her! :D Hope you have a wonderful holiday. xo

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    1. She's estimated to be about two, but we'll see what our vet has to say. I'm not sure what she knows as far as training goes, but she's very eager to please so she starts doing what she thinks I want. And she seems to "know" more today than she did yesterday. Yesterday she wouldn't even drink water or eat kibble, but today she did both. I had no idea Elsie was silent for 6 months. Thanks for telling me — maybe my girl will speak some day!

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  6. What a sweet little face! And you look so excited to be holding her too! That is a very lucky pup. I do like the name Callie. She looks like a Callie!

    Happy Thanksgiving! Have fun with your new buddy! :)

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    1. She's a wonderful dog so far and we're already in love with her. My husband likes "Callie" best but we're still undecided. I kind of like Fiona.

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  7. Ah what a darling! She looks like a little lamb. Congratulations on your new family member! I'm so glad she was rescued! I think she looks like a Callie too.

    We recently adopted a new family member too...I'm trying to get a post up, but it's slow going.

    Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours Andrea!

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    1. Callie seems to be in the lead, and my husband would agree, but I still like Fiona. Congratulations on your new family member — can't what to see him/her. I wonder if it's a dog or another cat. I tried to convince Ken we should adopt two dogs but he felt we should start with one.

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  8. omg.. how cute is she! i cant imagine her on the euth list.. CA is ridiculous. she should be her usual self in some time with some TLC:) hopefully not too rambunctious.:)
    We used to foster death row dogs, who flew in or were driven from CA. Some of them took some time to open up, esp the ones who were driven for 3 days locked up in a crate. the first one of the lot we fostered, we were very concerned coz he dint ask for food, bark or show any emotion. but after 2 weeks he started showing some personality, esp after meeting more and more dogs on walks and stuff.
    All the best. Happy thanksgiving! rescue dogs are the best!

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    1. I doubt she'll be too rambunctious, but you never know. She's very friendly and loving but I'm sure her personality will evolve as she becomes more secure. She doesn't act afraid or shy, but is just very quiet. She runs to greet visitors and is gently outgoing, but I know she's been through a lot so far in her short life, so I'm letting her adjust at her own speed. Yay for rescue dogs and cats!

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  9. Aww, she looks very sweet! Kudos to you for adopting her. Our dog was also rescued from death row just in the nick of time. He has been moved around so much and was traumatized when we got him, but it wasn't long till he got comfortable and felt safe here.He has been a wonderful companion. I know your little cutie will be as well. Happy Thanksgiving!

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    1. I want to adopt them all, but my husband is more of a one (maybe two) dog person. I'm glad things worked out well for you and your lovable boy.

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  10. Oh Andrea, you are an angel for adopting this sweet thing. And I got a little teary when I read she was about to be put down. You have saved two lives.

    I think you should name her Renée--which means reborn in French. Bless you for your kindness. And belly rubs to your new sweetheart, Whatever you call her, she is so lucky to have you. XOXOX

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    1. Thanks, Dynise. I love your name suggestion and I'm trying it out on her.

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  11. What a sweet dog! She looks like Callie to me! Happy Thanksgiving!

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    1. Thanks. There's a good chance the name will be Callie!

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  12. I like the name "Scooter" for a cute doggie! Best wishes with your adorable new doggie! So awesome that you rescued her!!!

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    1. That's a cute name! I'll run it by my husband — he doesn't like any names except Callie and Fiona. :(

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  13. She is beautiful.. she looks like silver or ice...

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    1. Thanks. Silver would be a great name. I still like Sparkle, too.

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    2. Sparkle is really cute. I'm so glad she found her forever home. She will be a great companion for you. :-)

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    1. I like Mia, too. Grumpy old husband says no.

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  15. And a superbly happy Thanksgiving to you, your family, and the absolutely ADORABLY Callie/Fiona/Olivia. 89 was really quiet when I first got her. She hadn't been through as much (although I suppose being "returned" to a rescue is a lot), but now she's a big mouth. In fact, I just ran out of the shower soaking wet because she was in the bedroom barking frantically at the ball she surely must have mistaken for an intruder. In other words, she'll settle into your home in no time at all. All the best with her; keep us posted!

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    1. Thank you. I knew you'd appreciate seeing my new family member! I've been hearing from so many people that their new dogs were very quiet. I don't necessarily want a barky dog, but I would like to hear just a little barking.

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  16. She's beautiful and you two are awesome for giving her a permanent home. I'm sure she just needs time. Our dog Vee is a bit neurotic and it took him a long while to even be comfortable enough to nap soundly during the day for the first few months we had him.

    xo
    kittee

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    1. Poor Vee must have had a rough time before he found you. I'm glad he's more trusting and relaxed now. Callie is ultra relaxed, and I'm trying to teach her how to play and have fun. She likes when I run around with her but she still has no idea what to do with her toys. At least she's decided to eat kibble and drink water!

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    2. If you don't know about clicker training already, I think it will help you lots and lots.

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  17. What a beautiful dog - and a great thanksgiving present! I hope the silence is just a temporary thing while she settles in

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    1. Thanks! I hope so too but we'll love her no matter what.

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  18. This little darling seems to have such a big heart, you can almost see it in her eyes. She looks so huggable. Hopefully she settles in and realizes this is her forever ever after home.
    My heart breaks for what she may have been through, the fear, the sadness.
    I was watching Anderson Cooper the other day and he was talking how people are getting vets to sever the vocal cords of dogs.I think this is a barbaric inhumane practice. Hopefully this didn't happen to this dear dog. Hoping the vet check will have a good outcome.

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    1. She's a sweetie, all right. She loves to snuggle and hug. So many people have told me that their dogs were silent for weeks or months — even a year — that I'm going to trust that nothing like that happened to this sweet girl.

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  19. She's so adorable! You've probably thought of something by now but I do like Calliope. She does look like one to me. It took me awhile to figure out my first pup's name. We called him different things for several days before something stuck.

    As for not making much sound, our first pup also didn't make any sounds for awhile and I was concerned he was debarked. Then finally he started howling and barking once in awhile. He actually only learned to bark at certain things from another dog. I've noticed even though dogs seem very adaptable, animals sometimes take awhile to really transition and feel completely comfortable, especially if they have had some trauma in their past. Sometimes it can take a full year or two to really see them completely thrive. It just depends on their personality too.

    So happy for you!

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    1. We really also like "Gracie", but I have a thing about not giving animals the same name as people I know (and who are my fb friends) so I think Gracie won't work. Callie means "beautiful" and seems a fitting name. And I don't know anyone personally who has that name.

      I've been hearing a lot about dogs not baking for a long time. Last night I showed her a youtube video of a dog barking and she seemed really fascinated, but she came from a foster home with lots of dogs so I guess she's heard plenty of barking. Just doesn't feel like it right now. That's OK. I just want her to be able to bark if she ever wants to.

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  20. Oh my goodness, what a sweetheart! I can tell with just a glance that she has very loving eyes. Congrats on your new addition!

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    1. Thank you! I think you're right.

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  21. Oh Andrea--I am so happy for you! Congratulations on the new family member :-) She is adorable. How old is she?

    I have not yet gotten another dog, but I will admit I have been thinking about it. It has been 2+ years since my dog died, but I still tear up when I think of her! I am pathetic. I just can't decide if I am ready for a new dog or not!

    Good luck at the vet this week--I hope everything checks out okay!

    Courtney

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    1. Thank you! It's been almost one year since Buffy died, and four for Starr, but if it makes you feel any better, I sobbed the whole time I was filling out an application for the rescue group. And I almost lost it on the way to meet her. But I'm so happy to have her I haven't cried once since she's been here. Except maybe now...

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  22. What a sweet, darling dog. Welcome, little gray one!

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    1. Thank you! She has stolen our hearts.

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  23. Such a little sweetie! I'm sure she'll come out of her shell once she gets settled in. My vote is for Callie, she just looks like a Callie to me. Happy Thanksgiving! :-)

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    1. She's making great strides but still not a peep. We've been calling her Callie, but I have such a hard time with decisions.

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  24. To me she looks as a "Grace" (from Grace Kelly) she has some "grand-Dame" look :-)

    Enjoy

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    1. Interesting that you say that because Grace was the name we decided we liked along with Callie. But I have a friend named Grace and I feel weird having a dog with the same name as someone I know.

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  25. Wait, what?!! I can't wander away from your blog for a week only to discover that you shared such an exciting development as this?! :-) Congratulations, that's really wonderful and she's so beautiful! Hooray you guys for saving her life, and giving her a perfect home. This post just made my Thanksgiving - this is what it's all about.

    I saw in your newest post that you've pretty much settled on Callie, so I won't bother suggesting any. You'd know best anyway what her name should be. Has she said anything yet? Probably too busy taking it all in and pinching herself!! :-)

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    1. It was kind of sudden. I saw her on Petfinders Thursday and filled out an application. I heard back Thursday night. We went to meet her Saturday and brought her home. There was something about her eyes that spoke to me. And there were no restrictions against young children in her profile.

      I'd still be interested in hearing names.

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  26. Well, okay... here are a few ideas, then!

    She's silent and gray, like the fog, but that doesn't make for a good name. So how about Cloud or Misty? Or you could name her Sylvia (like I named my silver bike!) :-)

    She looks, to me, like a Chloe or a Lacey. One of our new neighbors has two daughters named Belle and Macy - we love those names, but BW said they sound like they should be Border Collies! LOL Anyway, they'd make nice names for your girl, too. Something old fashioned and dignified. But cute, too! :-)

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    1. All good choices. I like Sylvie. I also like Gracie, but someone I know is named that. Ken has already vetoed Lacey. I like Macy. Belle makes me think of Bella and vampires. :D The problem is Ken only likes Callie.

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  27. Well if Ken only likes Callie, then perhaps this is an effort in futility! :-) Does Callie seem to respond to that name? Tessa chose her own name. She came with the name Grace, actually, which did not fit her at all (she's terribly clumsy!), and she didn't really acknowledge it. But shortly after bringing her home, we were reminiscing about a border collie we'd met in Scotland named Tessa, and every time we said that name, "Grace" perked up. So I asked her if she wanted to be called Tessa instead of Grace, and she wagged her tail and whined! So, Tessa it was from that that day on.

    How about Sophie or Sophia? I love that it means "wisdom," and everyone - human and non-human - that I've ever known with that name has been delightful. Your girl has a very "Sophie" face, I think!

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    1. She seems to like the name Callie, best. But i think it's really hard to pick the right name — I like so many.

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  28. Oh, I'm so glad that you adopted Callie! I hate to think of her in that back room. You are lucky to have each other!

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    1. It's hard to imagine how such a wonderful dog like Callie ended up on the streets.

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  29. I am so far behind in my blog reading, but I just needed to stop in and say that I absolutely loved this post. Your new family member is so precious!

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