So, we added a new member to the family on Saturday. No worries, I'm still pregnant.
Ever since we had to put Jasper down in October, I've really missed having a dachshund. Yes, we have Titan, and I love him and he's wonderful, but there is something about a dachshund that is like no other dog. So I've been talking to Jake about it, and he finally said that we could get one. But I knew that I wasn't going to get a puppy, or a dog off of Craigslist. I knew I wanted to adopt one and save it from a life in a shelter.
After pouring through Petfinder, I narrowed it down to three dogs. Jeter (6 year old male black and tan smooth), Penny (same coloring as Jeter but a 1 year old girl) or Pamela (4 year old long haired dapple dachshund).
I filled out the application online for Jeter, and heard back from them later that my vet reference checked out with flying colors. They wanted me to come meet him that night, since someone was coming to see him on Saturday and they thought I'd be a better home. So we took the kids and Titan to go meet him. Unfortunately, it was a no go. He was very stand offish (no big deal) but after a few minutes, he growled at Titan and nipped at Arielle, so we said good bye to Jeter.
On Saturday, we planned on meeting Penny and Pamela. But I got an email from Penny's shelter that she went on a home visit and wouldn't be back until Monday. So off we went to go visit Pamela.
The adoption center was crazy with barking dogs, but I soon spotted Pamela. We met her and another dachshund, a smooth coat dapple. Both were sweet, but Pamela really was interested in us. There was a red long haired dachshund that melted my heart, but he looked so much like Jasper that I knew I'd never be able to separate the two, and each dog needs to be it's own, not a replacement.
So they bathed her, we signed the papers, and she came home with us. I gave her another bath when we got home. I originally thought she was all black hair on her body, but after a good bath and shampoo, the prettiest patches of gray showed up. I brushed her out, gave her a trim, and she settled right in.
I do have an appointment for her today at 2:30 at our vet. She has an ear infection or something going on with her ear. And her breath is awful. I looked at her teeth, and she's missing most of them. All four across the top are gone, and almost everything from the canines back are missing. The couple she does have in the back are gray and horrible. The rescue said she was about 4 years old, but I'm interested to see what the vet thinks. Usually it's much older dogs that have this much decay.
But, she's so sweet. Financially it probably would have been a better decision to pick the other dapple (who was only a year old). But this one was older and needs to lose some weight. I just felt like the other one, being a puppy, had a better chance of being adopted by someone else. My heart still breaks for the red dachshund, the Jasper look alike. I'm praying he finds a home soon.
We've renamed her Lily. She's so sweet, just wants to be in a lap at all times, or sitting right next to you. Let's hope the vet doesn't tell me it's going to cost a bazillion dollars to get her healthy and perfect. Fingers crossed!