As many of you know, we lost our 12 year old bichon frise, Emmy on March 18th. She was a gorgeous dog, purchased from a renowned multi-champion breeder, with a solid champion pedigree, but in many ways she was weird. She hated other dogs! She hated going for walks! She also hated to be groomed! Now, with some breeds that wouldn't be a problem, but with bichons, they require constant upkeep. Every month since she came to us, I would groom her and every month since she came to us, she would fight the grooming like the devil. She bit me and scratched me! She hated it! I hated it! Bichons are supposed to be loving and cheerful! Not Emmy! I bought her to show and to breed. Wrong again! I had her with my breeder/handler for 5 months in 2000 and she only got to 1 point. She hated the ring! I hated the fact that I spent so much $$ for nothing. Then, on top of it, because she hated other dogs so passionately, I couldn't get another one to keep her company and to make our lives more fun. I was stuck! I had her spayed! No way was I going to pass on her personality to some poor puppies. 12+ years I lived like this and when it was over on March 18th, I felt as though I gave her a great life, and surprisingly, I did miss her. But, and it's a big BUT, I didn't want another dog like that!! What to do?
Well, last Saturday, was a cold, miserable, rainy day here. It was the PERFECT day to visit a rescue shelter just for lack of anything better to do but possibly take afternoon naps. Hubby and I were both excited since we discovered that this shelter was known for their love of bichons and since we're over the showing/breeding stages of our lives, we thought we might find an older/in need dog. Well......we (or I should say, I) found the perfect dog alright, but it was never what I expected............lookie:
Have you ever seen anything so cute? I was in love! He's a 9 week old poodle/maltese mix. Problem was that I hadn't filled out any paperwork, nor been "checked" out by the owner and/or staff. Let me tell you that adopting from a shelter is probably as involved as adopting a child. I filled out paperwork for that other rescue a while back, but not this one. And the adoption papers were only online, not at the shelter. Besides, did I really want a puppy? Actually hubby wanted two at once. That might have been why I was hesitant.
So yesterday, after I talked DH into getting one dog at a time, we called the shelter and POOP, that baby has already been adopted. I'm sooo bummed! So now what? Should I settle for a litter mate? One's a boy and the other is a girl. We've never had a boy dog.
Or, should I keep looking? I think I'm ready for a new baby in this house before I'm too old to get one. What do you think?