a little over a month about 3 months since we brought home a new addition to our family, Audrey. A one year old Australian Kelpie mix. We adopted her from the Humane Society of Broward County, the same no-kill shelter we adopted our Macy from many years ago.
Audrey came from San Juan, Puerto Rico and was only at the Humane Society for one day when we came to adopt a dog. Not too much is known about her history except that she was found as a stray and from looking at her immunization records was at the Sav-A-Sato shelter for a few months before being brought to Florida. The Broward Humane Society works with the shelter in San Juan and they get dogs from there about once a month. She is about a year old.
The older two kids had a dentist appointment in the morning and Ally stayed home with Corey. While I was waiting for the kids, I was texting with Corey and told him I was going to stop at Chik-Fil-A for lunch and surprise Ally with it. And I get a message back, why not pick out a pup and surprise her with that instead? I was a little taken aback by that since he’d been adamant about not getting another dog. The kids and I had been wanting to get one again even though I was still on the fence. Conner, Ash and I ended up going to our local PetCo which has a small adoption center from the humane society but as it happened, it was closed that day. A friend had shared pics of the cutest puppies the day before… bummer. So, off we went to another local shelter, one that I had never been to and for some reason felt a little unsure about. I had heard murmurs about the place (not good ones) but nothing concrete. When we got there, a few cars were in the parking lot and a few volunteers were walking some pooches. One of the volunteers, a nice young gentlemen, approached us and told us that the shelter was closed to the public that day. Again… bummer.
I was going to call it a day and possibly try again the next day but we were close to the Turnpike and the kids were game so we headed south to the Broward County Humane Society. Conner started searching for dogs on his phone and found Audrey right away. He had his heart set on her from then on. When we got there, I was very pleasantly surprised by how clean and welcoming the place looked. I had never been there and always think of shelters as dingy, sad places. We went through the process of picking out a dog and walked through the kennels. Conner found Audrey right away and she came right up to the glass partition. He was smitten from that moment on and didn’t care to look at any of the other pups. I walked through and stopped at pretty much every kennel just to say a kind word to all of the pups waiting for their forever homes. I think for me, that was the sad part, knowing I can’t take them all…
We finally settled on three dogs to look at and were told to go wait in one of the little meeting rooms. They brought Audrey out first and the rest, as they say, is history.
She’s been such a great addition to the family and every time I get mad at her for doing what dogs do, I just have to remember the joy and laughter that she’s brought to the house. Ally loves to play with her and the belly laughs when she does are contagious. I can’t help but smile. Audrey is such a love, she loves to snuggle and be close to one of us at all times. She definitely followed me around the most in the beginning and would barely go near Corey but now loves to snuggle and play with him so much. She’s come out of her shell and has blossomed since we got her 3 months ago. She’s also showed her crazy, hyper side (something we are actually quite happy to see since she was so timid the first few days) and I’m grateful we have a big backyard for her to run in. She loves to chase after the squirrels and ducks and has chased a flock of Ibis into the lake before. I have a feeling she’ll join us in the pool once it’s warmed up a bit more. I lovingly call her Audrey the destroyer since she’s gone through a few stuffed toys already. She very patiently sits and rips them apart until all the stuffing is out and spread around the house. I don’t mind too much since she hasn’t destroyed any shoes and such. As long as she sticks to her toys, I’m ok with it. She does occasionally run off with a pair of socks left unattended but we have so far caught her right away.
It’s definitely been a bit different getting an “adult” dog and not a puppy. I have to say, I don’t mind at all. She’s had a few accidents and isn’t 100% house-trained but all in all it’s nothing like it was with a puppy in the house. She seems so grateful to be with us and I think, we all just love having her around.
Please, if you think of getting a dog – ADOPT, don’t shop!