Sunday, February 12, 2012

Welcome to the family, Ginger!

I've shared that several weeks ago we began the progess with the Retreiver Rescue of Colorado to adopt a second 4-legged family members. The process was intense: online application, several phone calls, family/home visit, getting set up with a matcher, then, we waited. We were matched with a beautiful golden retriever last Saturday, and were thrilled to set up a meeting with her for this weekend.
But, eventually, after several days of back and forth with the foster mom, we decided to move on. She was extremely unkind to our family, passing untrue and unkind judgements about our ability to care of a second dog. As much as we loved what we had been tolk about the dog, we really didn't want to subject our family to meeting the dog only to be rejected onsite by the foster mom. (the rescue allows the foster family to make the final decision)
The most frustrating part of the situation was that everyone else in the organization agreed that we were a great match for the doggie. However, with a very heavy heart we did eventually move on. Which ended up being such a blessing. The very next morning we were matched with our darling Ginger. She had not even arrived at her foster family yet, but we were already smitten. Ginger is a family release due to finances. She previously lived with a family with young children and a black lab (sound familiar).
We immediatly recieved her photos and put a hold on Ginger. After a great conversation with our matcher and her foster mom, we met Ginger yesterday morning.
Jason made the grand declearation that we need to "be objective" when meeting Ginger. It took our entire family about 5 seconds to fall in love with her. She is so sweet and loving. Emery immediatly wanted to take her home.
The previous night we shared with Emery that we were going to meet a doggie and if we loved her, we could take her home. She pretty quickly told us she didn't want a new doggie, she wanted Carley. You can imagine how that broke my heart. I would love to have Carley back too...
It made me so happy that Emery so quicly fell in love with a new doggie.  She is just like her Mommy, a doggie lover.
Jackson was excited too! He literally tore into the house to meet her. They were both a little nervous, but it seemed to go really well right away. After about an hour we signed the contract and took Ginger home. She immediatly go a new bed and kong toy.
Ginger quite literally spent the afternoon on the couch, mostly in my lap. We did have a couple of furbaby growing pains and snarls, but nothing major. This morning they seem to be eager to get out and play. We are planning a nice long family walk for today.

We can't wait to continue to make her feel like a member of our family. She is so kind with Emery and is crazy loving with us.
Isn't she fabulous?!

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