At this time last year Riley and I were living alone. Our house was always clean and for the most part quiet. Who would have thought June 29th, 2017 would be the last time our house was boring! I was at work when I received an alert about Bailey. The moment I saw her photo I knew she was the perfect fit for our family. Unfortunately she was surrendered with Rufus and realistically the shelter wanted them homed together as Rufus was a difficult case. I really did not want to have 3 dogs. They outnumber you and don’t even get me started about the vet bills!
As Riley and I waited to hear back from the shelter last year we didn’t get ourselves excited about the idea of bringing home two rescues as we didn’t know if we would be approved. We didn’t buy any supplies. We didn’t tell anyone that we might adopt two dogs. When we got the call we hopped in the truck and headed to the shelter. Riley was so excited to meet the “Big Dogs.” His enthusiasm has worn off over the last year as he has aged, but he is still curls up with his Bailey for morning naps!
I had no idea what we would be getting ourselves into with Rufus! Paperwork at a shelter is not always reliable. I literally brought home two wild animals. Rufus and Bailey had never lived in a home before. They had no positive human interaction and had to learn everything from sharing to walking on a leash to not humping the neighbors! The first time I tried to set down dog bowls resulted in the bowls flying and dog food “raining” through my kitchen. Our first ride in the car was the drive home from the shelter. Rufus cried and howled the entire 90 minute drive. Bailey tried to sit in the driver’s seat and chew on the steering wheel. We have come a long way in a year and are looking forward to the next chapter!
Tonight we are celebrating the Big Dogs Adoption Anniversary! I am busy prepping steak and chicken for a Fajita Bar. Rufus is helping as usual! Riley and Bailey are saving their energy for the party! If you have the time, the resources, and the energy I highly recommend going to your local shelter and giving a dog a second chance at life.