and said, "I love you already, take me home".
At the time, we lived sort of out in the sticks on a horse property with lots of room and no horses of our own. We had one energetic dog, Domino, who would like a romping partner. After we told the Humane Society that we'd like to adopt China, they discovered there'd been a mistake. China was already going to another home.
BUT, a couple of days later, they called me.
"'China' (not her name at the time) didn't work out with that other family. Do you still want her?"
"Uh... yeah", I answered.
"Okay, but we're going to kill her later today, so you'd need to get her before 4pm". Not the EXACT words, but that's pretty much what she said.
"Great, we'll be there", or something like that.
I hung up the phone and thought CRAP! How we gonna be there by 4?!? Magnum was at work, Meego was wandering around in diapers, Wolfgang and Chaco were little elementary school kids. Did I mention we lived out in the sticks?
I don't even remember now how we did it, but we did. We even managed to get Domino there to make sure the two of them would get along. Snatched from the jaws of death!
We don't know the story of her origin, but she'd clearly been abused. She was afraid of all men, she has a large scar on the back of her neck, most likely from wearing a collar long past having grown out of it. When I first took her out on the leash, I could tell that was a new experience for her. She was afraid of everything.
But she's the sweetest dog, so eager to please. Soon we gained her trust, and she stopped freaking out about everything for the most part.
As with a lot of dogs in the boonies, ours lived outside. We had a barn with a fenced in area just outside. They slept in the barn on cold nights and cooled off in there on hot days. When we moved here, Magnum put up a dog run with a cozy "hide" for shelter from sun and cold.
A few years ago, we lost Domino to the cancer. China was noticeably sad, as we all were. We started letting her into the house.
We had a crate for her that she took to right away. She's never even attempted to get on any of the furniture. I've put down large towels and blankets for comfy padding. They've just ended up bunched in a wad.
Yesterday, I was at the pet store getting some "frozen dinners" for King Reese the snake and decided it was time that China had a proper bed. I brought it home and put an extra cover on it and slapped it into the crate.
When she entered, she was a bit hesitant, like "Can I still be in here??" I assured her that it was her bed, just like for a real pet.
|"It's about damn time!"|
Magnum says, "She's never going to come out now". I must say, she does look even more content than before.
Like maybe I should have a padded room too.