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Happy Gotcha Day!!

Discussion in 'General Dog Discussions' started by ignitethis, Dec 8, 2013.

  1. ignitethis

    ignitethis Good Dog

    Back in December of '09, I had been searching for a new dog after my old one had passed. Went to three different shelters, and on the last visit I found the one- Roxie.

    I had gone in expecting to bring home an AmBully called Diamond. She had been born in the shelter, returned twice, and then stayed in there for three years. She was a sweet dog, the website said.

    However, we stumbled upon a little brindle bully breed puppy called Hope. My little sisters wanted to take her out, cuz OMG PUPPY. I did NOT want a puppy at all. As to be expected, Hope was a little fireball and my dad said, "NO WAY!".

    After we saw Hope, I was ready to bring Diamond out. That just wasn't our fate. One of the shelter workers was talking to us, and convinced us (yes, even me) to take a look at this little dog they had to keep behind the counter.

    They warned us that this dog could not be kept in a crate, because she would break out- that's why she wasn't in the kennels. She would spin and scream and turn her tail into a bleeding, boney stick. Nobody wanted her, because while in the kennel she was absolutely crazy.

    This dog would need to be an only dog, too. Unfortunately, the last home had a Lab who attacked her- she fought back. Luckily, the Lab got away just fine... Roxie had scars on her face. Not really visible unless you look hard anymore, but all the scars from all the dogs who have attacked her are there.

    Roxie had been through 7 other homes, they told me. Aside from the last home- the one with the Lab -they didn't tell us why she had been returned.

    Aside from all that, Roxie would need to be fed a few times a day because she had lost a lot of weight (she is now 40lbs, had been 30 when we adopted her). None of this was a big deal for me. "Let us see her", I said. The shelter worker led us into their indoor meet-n-greet room, because it was getting late and too cold to go to the outdoor one.

    In comes this nervous, pulling little tiger of a dog. She was nervous, but so, so happy to see new people. I decided the second I laid eyes on her, that I would be bringing her home. It didn't take much convincing... although, I think my sisters were a bit miffed because Roxie kept coming back to me- licking me, trying to hide away in my arms.

    "She fits. She fits. She's perfect" I said.

    "She's so cute!" said my youngest sister.

    "This is gonna be a family dog, right?" Asked the middle child. I think she was a bit worried that I wouldn't share her (I was possessive of my last dog, Buddy, because she was my first dog ever). Well, to her disappointment, Roxie didn't wanna be shared.

    My dad left the room to go sign the adoption papers. Unfortunately, there was a basketball game that the rest of my family wanted to see... didn't end up happening, because we had to take Roxie home that night- they would not hold her long enough for my parents to get her, since they worked the next day.

    $100 later, and I was in the van with a shorthaired teacup tiger on my lap, and my little sisters trying to get her to go into theirs. 4 years later, and I still have my 40lb Chihuahua-wannabe in my lap. Thankfully, Roxie isn't so glued to me that she can't pay attention to my little sisters anymore.

    Roxie will be a whole 5 years old next year (1/2/14). You sure wouldn't think it, though. While she has calmed down a lot, she will always be a youthful dog. At least, I hope so!

    I never thought I would come across such an amazing dog. She's like a limb to me. I can't imagine not having this little dog in my life. We've gone through a lot together and fought hard for eachother.

    I may be the only one who can pet her without getting licked, but I think she might have even grown on the rest of the civilized world.

    Roxie, Happy Gotcha day. It's been an excellent journey so far! :)
     
  2. innoko

    innoko Big Dog

    Aw, great story! Happy Gotcha Day, Roxie!
     
  3. lizzie13

    lizzie13 Good Dog

    So sweet! Lucky girls you both are :-)
     
  4. ignitethis

    ignitethis Good Dog

    Thanks, guys! Yes, we're both very lucky. I could never have hoped for a better dog :)
     
  5. Tiffseagles

    Tiffseagles GRCH Dog Premium Member

    Happy gotcha day!
     
  6. PocketPal

    PocketPal Big Dog

    HappY Gotcha Day!

    go git your's!
    -j
     
  7. ignitethis

    ignitethis Good Dog

    Thank you, guys!! :)
     

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