Friday, June 29, 2012

Meet Rosie

We have a new family member! Meet Rosie, an adorable miniature pinscher mix who captured our hearts last weekend at Pets Alive, an animal sanctuary in Middletown, NY. I'm happy to report that everything is going great, even with Henry and Pip, the cats. We were nervous to adopt a dog after our last try (blogged here), but we learned so much from that experience! We knew what to look for this time.

We went to Pets Alive so we could meet lots of different types of dogs. It's an amazing place, and all the animals look happy to be there. We knew we needed a mellow, not-too-big dog to fit in with the cats. We spent a few hours meeting dogs, walking them, and getting to know them. We met Rosie (then called Carmela) and knew she was a good candidate: sweet, quiet, friendly, easy to walk. We slept on it, came back the next morning, and we knew she was ours when she gave us a shy little greeting and climbed into our laps. She's been a blast to have around: a great cuddler, goofball, lap dog, walking partner, and companion. We are so lucky!

We learned a bit of her backstory. She came from Puerto Rico, where Pets Alive has another location. She was found abandoned on the side of a highway with her three puppies, who were very sick. Pets Alive rescued them and nursed them all back to health. Rosie came to New York, where she had a better chance of being adopted.

A few pics. You might notice that I made her a kerchief to match my blue roses dress. We looked mighty snazzy walking around town, if I do say so myself.



Many more pics to come, I'm sure. Welcome home, Rosie!

58 comments:

  1. Aw, what an adorable dog and an adorable adoption story. I wish more people would consider adopting rescue animals, they often make the best pets.

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  2. Rosie is perfect! I too have a min pin and also a cat. They both weigh about the same and get along well, sometimes they even play. I think you will be very happy with your new addition. They are such charismatic dogs.

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  3. She's adorable, Gertie. And I know she's proud to wear the Blue Roses scarf.

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  4. So adorable. I bet she's proud to wear the rosy scarf.

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  5. She looks so sweet! Congrats on finding your forever-pup. :)

    Your prior dog post was so heartbreaking... I'm glad you were able to meet Rosie and provide her with such a wonderful home after all her struggles.

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  6. you won't regret this. She is amazing! I have a Min Pin mix too and have had a another one in the past. love love love xxx

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  7. Aw, Rosie is totally gorgeous. I can't wait to see many more pics of you both in your coordinating outfits.

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  8. Oh congrats on your new pup!!!!

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  9. Adorable pup (and puppy parents)! Rescue dogs are amazing and need the love the most. Hope she'll have long and healthy life with you!

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  10. She is very adorable. And, I love how the blue roses scarf suits her lovely complexion!

    I have told so many people about your other dog story and it's left them with tears in their eyes. I confess that the tears have been happy ones, though.

    Rosie is all yours, though, and boy does she look happy about that!

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  11. Congrats on the new addition! Great name :-).

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  12. Welcome to the family Rosie!
    :)

    Stef (http://stefpulls.wordpress.com)

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  13. yeah, sure, cute puppy, but can we please talk about what a total babe your husband is?

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  14. Yay!! :) Congrats! More Rosie pics, more Rosie pics!!

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  15. Aw, what a sweet story. Lucky you and lucky Rosie. I wish I could have seen the two of you strolling along in your matching outfits!!!

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  16. hello gertie!
    i read your blog with great interest and congratulate you on your new dog. do you and your readers know about the snuggles project (snugglesproject.org)? i
    have been making mats out of scraps and donating them to our local animal shelter. they use them to line the cages but the animals like to play with them, too.--anne

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  17. A very sweet dog - hoping she becomes your best (animal) friend.
    They are so loyal.
    I mean dogs in general, I've never met one like yours. We have a border collie (f).

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  18. Oh she's a pretty puppy! I love these happy stories. Thanks for sharing!

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  19. Congrats on your doghter :-) Smaller dogs are great--less intake, less output (if you know what I mean!). We have an 18-pound beagle lady, also a rescue, who joined our family a month ago. I'm grooming her to be my sewing room buddy. First step is to make a snuggle bed a la the one you made for Henry. (I think Rosie will need one of those beds, too!)

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  20. Oh the cuteness! Wonderful for you and for her!
    One of my dogs had a similar street survival story, trying to nurse pups while scavenging for food. Really heartbreaking, and I am so glad everyone survived.
    Congratulations to you and your new family member!

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  21. Congrats on your new furkid! She's a cutie-pie. I rescued a corgi-boy and he is just a delight. Well, except he chews the buttons off of shirts - very efficiently, I might add. We pick up our clothes now, so all good. LOL Never thought the dog would teach us to clean our room. :) You learn a lot from dogs.

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  22. Aw, that actually made me a little teary. I'm just so glad I have mine. It's amazing to think as a dog becomes indispensable to you that anyone ever could have not wanted them. I have a dog that is half min pin and half german shepherd. (crazy mix I know!) But he is just the sweetest thing. Congrats to you and congrats to Rosie on finding her people.

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  23. So happy for you all! Blessings galore!

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  24. Yay! Congrats to all of you. Rescue dogs are the BEST.

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  25. Awwww...Rosie is such a cutie! A big warm welcome to her!

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  26. What a wonderful organization!

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  27. Congrats on the adoption! Rosie looks like a little sweetie!

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  28. Rescue dogs are the best. I have a basset hound who is spoiled and so loved that it almost makes up for the awful first 8 months he spent with monsters who beat the howl out of him. I've had him five years and he has only howled a few times - and then in his sleep. I'm glad you have Rosie. I bet by next week you won't know what you ever did without her!

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  29. What a happy story! And what a lovely family you all make.

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  30. I adore you even more, Gertie! There's a special place in my heart for all who take in rescue pets. Rosie is sooooo frickin' cute! Enjoy your new family member!

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  31. awwh she's cute! I love min pins! That's a wonderful story and really cool about it being from Puerto Rico, the animals there do have such hard lives...

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  32. Yea!! Happy day :) Pets Alive is a wonderful group.

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  33. What a happy girl! Congrats!! I just adopted a girl dog, too, and she's absolutely stolen my heart! So sweet!

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  34. Aww, what a CUTE DOGGIE! And I'm a CAT person! I love pointy smooth-haired black dogs;(I would LOVE a rescue greyhound, myself...Well one of these days, maybe!) Welcome Rosie, soon-to-be-best-dressed dog!

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  35. Congrats! That is so exciting :)

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  36. I'm normally a cat person but she is gorgeous!! Lovely addition to the family, looking forward to seeing more of her! XxxX http://thesecondhandrose.blogspot.co.uk

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  37. Congrats on Rosie! So, is she bi-lingual?

    Enjoy!!!

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  38. Rosie is certainly a cutie. I have a Yorkie named Lacey she likes to sit behind my sewing machine and look out the window while I sew!LOL Enjoy her they certainly are alot of fun!

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  39. thank you thank you thank you for adopting a rescue pet. As a volunteer with a rescue (I help with cats, mostly), the things I see are heartbreaking. I am so happy for Rose to have a wonderful new home. This has been a terrible week in kitty cat land, so I really appreciate your happy story!

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  40. I also wish that more people would adopt a rescue animal. They make lovely pets and sometimes the change in them is miraculous when they have had a poor start in life.

    I can see winter clothing being the next on the list for Rosie.

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  41. Congratulations - this is wonderful news. Hope you all have long, happy lives together xx

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  42. Congrats, Gertie - what a doll! Terrific that you got a rescue dog... love the scarf!

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  43. Oh wow, she's so cute! And I definitely prefer her new name. Loving the matching neck-tie!

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  44. Please give Rosie a hug and an extra treat from our rescue pup--R2. He is walked every day by my hubby who is called D2 so I have a Star Wars duo R2-D2 in my home. R2is a rescue hound and we wouldn't have it any other way. Congrats on Rosie choosing you two (and the cats).

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  45. She's adorable!! Congratulations. The current issue of Real Simple has an account of one woman's trip to Puerto Rico to bring back rescue pups - maybe Rosie was one of them!

    Here's the link to the article - http://www.realsimple.com/work-life/life-strategies/inspiration-motivation/cathi-hanauer-00100000081866/ The writer also has a dog named Rosie from PR!

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  46. Congrats!!! I have a Min Pin named Penny! She's a rescue, (taken from a hoarding situation) and is the best dog ever. She loves our kitties and the puppy we adopted a couple of months ago named Sheldon!! Your Rosie is just adorable!

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  47. You look so happy!!!

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  48. So lovely. Congratulations to all.

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  49. Congratulations! And thank you for adopting instead of buying!

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  50. Congratulations on being a Mommy (again) to a fabulous new little fuzz-nugget, Rosie. Yeay!! I'm hanging out with my frenchie, Pooper, today on our July 4th day off, wearing matching red,white and blue (my hair is blue, his custom made ascot and mini top hat are red & white), eating holiday hot dogs, deviled eggs and watching all of your sewing lessons on you tube. :))

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  51. I admire you all the more, not just for your sewing skills, but now also for adopting your dog Rosie! Thank you for adopting!

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  52. Rosie looks so happy and she looks quite cute in her Blue Roses scarf. I have made our Sheltie, Duncan, neck kerchiefs but with all his fur they kind of get lost. I am sure there is already lots more love in your home already. Dogs rule!

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  53. Hey
    This has brightened my day! Never have thought in that way before! I really appreciate you for posting such a nice and useful post.

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Thanks for your comments; I read each and every one! xo Gertie

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