We adopted our sweet dogs from the Idaho Humane Society in July of 2009. **Updated 1/15/2017 – Our sweet Penny girl crossed the Rainbow bridge on December 17th 2016
Godiva & Penny
I went to the Idaho Humane Society with my Aunt (another pet lover) with the plan to just get ONE older medium size dog. We walked down the aisles of the kennels and saw all the adorable faces of available dogs. I went in one direction and my Aunt in another. I found the cutest sweetest most adorable little puppy. The minute I saw her my plan of getting an older dog went out the window. How could you not fall in love with a face like this?
I went to show my Aunt this adorable labradoodle ( Labrador Retriever and Poodle Mix)puppy I found and she had a found the perfect dog also. Brandy (as she was know at the time) was a 10 year old German Shorthaired Pointer with the kindest personality. All she wanted to do was sit right next to you. She had mastered basic commands and was house broken. Most importantly you could tell she was patient, kind, sweet and had a calm caring personality. You could just tell by looking at her she was going to be a wonderful dog. If you would pet her and you stopped she would nudge your hand to motion you to continue giving her attention. She still does this but now a days she has added grunts in her older age. It is important to consider the age of your pet and their activity level to make sure they will match your life style.
I was torn between these two great dogs. I couldn’t decide which ONE I wanted so I just decided to bring them BOTH home! It was the best decision I’ve made as they have been best friends since the day they came home. We were truly blessed to have found such great dogs to adopt. When I was doing the paperwork to adopt the two girls the adoption coordinator told me the puppy was one of a litter born in the Humane Society. Penny (formally Brandy) was named this because if you look at the picture below you will see a big brown spot on her side which reminded us of a big coin. We also wanted to keep the same ending sound so she wouldn’t be to confused with her new name given her age.
Godiva got her name from her rice dark chocolate color. Penny needed to loss some weight as she was a plump doggie. From the moment they came home Godiva was always hoping around Penny and following everything she does. This would later make potty and crate training a lot easier. They would keep each other company and love on each other for years to come.
Our girls love going in the car for rides. When they first joined the family we lived on a large piece of property with a lot of acreage. We didn’t have fencing for dogs (since it was so big) so occasionally they would take themselves for walks (run off). Penny is a hunting dog and once she got the scent of a bird she was off running circles in bushes. Godiva would simply just follow her as if she was learning something really cool. I would have to open the garage door and turn on the car to get them to run back to the house. The girls have always loved going on car rides so the sounds of the engine would bring them back running. Our new home has a big fenced backyard so they enjoy running around and eating all my vegetables in the garden these days.
Did you adopt your pet from a rescue? Do you have a similar story about how your pet joined your family? Did you get your cat or dog from the Idaho Humane Society? We would love to hear your story about how your pet joined the family.
*Lulu became part of our family in the Summer of 2010
We had talked about getting a bunny but just hadn’t gotten around to it. In the Summer of 2010, the Eagle area was hit with a wild fire destroying many homes and hundreds of acres of land. We had been looking on craigslist and saw a lady who has lost her rabbit hutches due to the fires. She was able to get the rabbits out in time but not their homes. It was a sign it was time to get a new member of our family. Lulu is a small mix of Holland and Dutch rabbit. She is so friendly and loves to be held. If you haven’t owned a rabbit before you might not realize how smart these beautiful little creatures are. Lulu loves to get belly rubs, run around the house (we always watch her) and enjoys time outside.