We have been dogless for 8 months now.................It's been a long 8 months.
We have missed having a dog.
Well we are officially becoming "dog people" again. We just don't know which dog it's going to be. Lisa found a great "rescue" organization in Austin that deals specifically with Labrador Retrievers. It is called Heart of Texas Labrador Rescue. You can visit their website at http://www.hotlabrescue.org/ We have been going through the "adoption" process and it is very intense. We were fortunate enough to make it this far. One of the directors told us that they turn down 60% of the applicants. I guess that means we aren't so crazy after all. We officially met 3 great dogs today. They were Cheerio, Madison, and Elle (the kids call her Ellie). Cheerio is an older yellow female (6 yrs old) and has the heart of a 2 year old. She is very "active" and loyal to her foster mom. Madison was a very laid back 2 year old. She wasn't too interested in us and we really didn't "click". We crossed her off the list pretty quick but believe that she has a great home waiting for her with someone. The last one we "officially" met was Elle. She is a beautiful yellow female. She too was very laid back but took to the kids right away (i don't think she had a choice as both kids used her as pillows and were playing tug of war with her ears).
We really had a hard time choosing which dog to "request" to join our family. I fell in love with Cheerio due to her Lab qualities, size, coloration, and activeness. The kids and Lisa fell for Elle (Ellie) right away. She really is a great dog and would make a great family member for us. We should find out tomorrow which dog will be joining us for a lifetime of memories.
But wait.........I've been talking about the three dogs we were "officially" introduced to. You see the directors of HOTLab were so impressed with Cheney and Chandler and their "obedience" (we threatened them on the way to the house) that they wanted us to "interact" with Lance and see how he acted around kids. If you visit their website you'll find out that Lance was used as a "bait" dog for a pitbull breeder and was thrown into the fighting ring. Well somehow Lance "escaped" from that hell and fell into the hands of this loving organization that spent lots of money and love bringing him to how he is now. He came in and I immediately thought that he would be a great dog for us too. He is one of the most handsome black labs I have ever seen. You would NEVER know of his history by the way he acts. He's a great dog.
Well we "officially" told them that Madison was NOT for us and that we would love to adopt "ELLE" (or ELLIE). If Ellie is not available, we told them our next choices would be Cheerio, then Lance. Yes, we put Lance on our short list.
We should find out tomorrow.
This is Lance.