After much nagging, my husband finally caved and gave in to my repeated requests to add a second dog to our family. It was time; our Border Collie/Lab mix Petey was almost five, and our daughter was eight. We had plenty of room in our home and in our hearts, and our friend Mary had just started her own rescue with Annette, her partner in Aiken, SC. The timing was perfect!
Mary tended not to pull tiny dogs from the shelter in Aiken, but I asked her to keep an eye out for me. Within days, Annette had found a little Chihuahua mix and sent me these pictures. We fell in love with her sweet little face, and it broke our hearts that she was stuck in a shelter. It is a leap of faith to adopt a dog this way. What is she like? Will she like us? What kind of past did she have? Why is she in a shelter? After dozens of questions were answered by Annette regarding her temperament and behavior, we gave Mary the go-ahead to bring her to NH.
What followed was the longest week of my life. I actually became so impatient that I considered going to Aiken and bringing her back with me. Don’t get me wrong – Mary and Annette were going as fast as they could. Annette was fostering the pup in her home and nursing her through her spay and other vetting. Mary was fielding my frantic questions and trying to keep me from boarding a plane.
One day, a week before our dog was to arrive in NH, Mary called me and told me that she had managed to get our little pup on an earlier generic doxycycline transport, and that she was arriving the next day! We were overjoyed! And finally, on September 8, I went with Mary to meet the transport in a nearby town. Check out the pic of Mary snuggling Wi-Fi that night. This picture always makes me catch my breath and tear up a little. Mary is completely enveloping her, reassuring her, and Wi-Fi’s relief is obvious.
I know Mary as many things – friend, piano teacher, nature educator, dog guru and minister – but this picture defines Mary for me. This is Mary in her element…this is why she does what she does.
Wi-Fi has been in our lives for almost five months now, and we don’t know what we did without her. She is happy as long as she is with us, whether we are taking a walk or relaxing on the couch. She is a true cuddle-bug! Cassie is her biggest fan. They have a special bond, and we love to see how happy they make each other. Petey adores her, and even snuggles with her sometimes. We worried that he may not want to share us with a new pup, but he surprised us all by becoming an even better dog than he was before.
There are no words I could say that would adequately express our gratitude to Mary and Annette and all the generous people in between Deerfield, NH and Aiken, SC who helped bring us this lovely little dog. It is a noble, wonderful thing they are doing. It has been quite a journey, and we are lucky to have had them to guide us.