New Dog Blues?


Isn’t he cute? That’s August or, as we usually call him, Augie. Yes, that’s right, you’re already-busy editor and her family have accepted the challenge of a new dog! What are we crazy? Yes, probably. But, I ask again: Isn’t he cute? Well, yes, he is!

Augie is an American Brittany. We found him via the American Brittany Rescue. Now, while having him join our family has been a challenge—we all have to adjust to the new rules and needs—he’s a marvelous dog, full of energy, loving, and a barrel of laughs. Adopting any pet always guarantees an adjustment period where emotions ride the Screamer and we ask ourselves what the hell we were thinking. Still, I think it’s more important to say what a great experience it is to adopt a rescue pet. All the minor troubles and oogy dribbles will pass into memory. Really, they will…

We have three cats—two of them are elderly—and two children (none of them elderly). I can’t stress enough how essential it was to find a dog ready for that environment. In the past we’ve gotten shelter dogs—and with great results. But things were a bit dicier this time.

Rescue dogs are thoroughly checked out by the rescue group, fostered in members’ homes, assessed by veterinarians, and loved. It’s a great way to adopt! Don’t get me wrong, choosing a shelter dog who might be euthanized if not adopted is important, too, but there are many rescue dogs out there—some purebred, some mixes—waiting for homes. If your family has special needs or you’re looking to adopt a senior dog, you can’t miss.

We’re grateful to the ABR and its network of wonderful foster families and volunteers. Augie is too! And even if you’re not in a position to adopt, there are rescue groups for nearly all breeds, and they need your help. If you can’t adopt, please donate!

4 thoughts on “New Dog Blues?

  1. Margaret says:

    I’ve been thinking about you and wondering how your new family member is getting along. Can’t wait to meet him.

    And yes, he is cute!

  2. Louise says:

    So, the Famous Farter gets his picture here! :)

    “What have I done” reminds me of when I brought Mimsie home. She went ballistic, yowling and running around and I really thought I’d made a dreadful mistake. Thank goodness I didn’t do anything about it, because she was the loveliest cat and spent an all-too-short fifteen years with us. Now she messes with my head over There by hanging out with Sheba. They’re both tuxedo cats and almost identical …

  3. John O. says:

    My wife and I met Augie last week. He’s a sweetie, very affectionate and relaxed, totally unlike our beast.

    BTW – Dawn, it was great to finally meet you in person, with no electrons between us. I guess five years was long enough to put it off. Suzie and I enjoyed the visit with you and Paul and the girls very much. Thanks for your hospitality, and be sure to stop by if you make it to Urbana.

  4. admin says:

    Aww, thanks, John! Augie enjoyed meeting you too–almost as much as we did! Yes, five years was too long. Look forward to getting together again and talking writing, pets, and fairies!

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