13 Days of Gratitude: Day 7 | Kasey


picture1-06812A New Life and a New Hiking Buddy

It had been about five years since I had a dog.  It was so difficult losing my Bassett that I wasn’t sure I would get another one, but persistent dog-owning friends kept reminding me of how much pleasure they brought to your life.  The last straw was when some young friends asked me to dog-sit their Labrador when they were on their honeymoon.

About a week later, I was at Western Hills Humane Society looking for a new dog.  I had seen one on their web site, but when I got there, I could tell that he was not the dog I wanted.

Rather than just letting me walk away,  Becky, the director, talked to me about what kind of dogs I had in the past and what I thought I wanted in a new dog.

Eventually, she said she knew the perfect dog and took me to meet Kasey.  She is a 2 1/2 year old white English Lab.  And Becky was right.  I came back three times to play with her and get to know her before Becky and I agreed this was a good match. I was impressed that they wanted to make sure this would be a permanent adoption, rather than only wanting to move their dogs out of the shelter.  It’s obvious that Kasey had some difficulties in her early life.  She is still scared of some types of people and she didn’t know what to do with a toy when I first got her, but that is all changing.

And Becky was right.

I came back three times to play with her and get to know her before Becky and I agreed this was a good match. I was impressed that they wanted to make sure this would be a permanent adoption, rather than only wanting to move their dogs out of the shelter.  It’s obvious that Kasey had some difficulties in her early life. She is still scared of some types of people and she didn’t know what to do with a toy when I first got her, but that is all changing.  It’s a slow process, but the reward is in seeing her become the happy, goofy dog she was meant to be and I couldn’t be happier with my new hiking companion.

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