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.