Thursday, April 11, 2013

Knowing She was The One

When I was finishing up my senior year of college, I began my search for a pooch.  I don't know what made me want a dog - I never wanted one before.


So I began the search for the perfect dog to live with in my apartment: medium-sized, short hair & low-shed, non-barker, good with people, non-pitbull.  Not that I totally bought in to the pit bull-hype (okay, maybe a little), but I was a renter and knew that at the very least a pitbull would make renting more difficult.

I looked at dogs at least once a week in person and nearly everyday online for almost three months.  There was always something not quite right.  Too timid. Too hyper. Too small. Too big.

One day while looking at a beagle-mix named Coleman at the Humane Society, a small pitbull on medical hold barked and barked at me.  I thought she was cute, but she had two strikes on my list!


Coleman didn't turn out to be the one for me and I found myself back at the Humane Society the next week.  The little pitbull was of medical hold and still barking at me.  I decided to take her out and visit with her even though she didn't fit my requirements.

Oh, how wrong I was!  As soon as I got her in the visiting room, she climbed into my lap and licked my face.  I was immediately in love.

As it turns out, she was everything on my list: she's a medium-sized dog that doesn't shed; she's barked a dozen times in 3 years; she loves people; and most importantly she is a pitbull.


How did you know your pooch was The One?

16 comments:

  1. I love hearing stories about how peoples pets came to be "the one". I truly believe that most often, the pets choose us and not us choosing them. Lovely story...and beautiful pics of Tess!

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  2. I am convinced that one way or another, they find us! Melvin was love at first sight, Jake was love at third sight!

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  3. Aw, what a sweet story. I love how she changed your mind about what you wanted. That's awesome.

    I knew Boomer was the one when I held him in my arms, out of the 10 other puppies he melted into me. And, Dottie was just the sweetest little bundle of puppy wanting to be loved and held, which is what I needed at the time, she was scared in the shelter even with her siblings.

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    1. Aww, how cute! I love that she changed my mind, too - and has made me an advocate for pitbulls!

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  4. How sweet that she knew you were the One before you knew she was the One.

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  5. We were "just looking" and took our other dog with us and he knew before we did. They made the choice for us.

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  6. I know exactly what you mean...I walked into the ANNA Shelter just to see what exactly they were all about. Knew they were there but never ventured into their facility. I walked in and saw Olympia (now Sophie) and it was like my heart exploded just seeing that sweet face! Long story short - I brought back my other dog for a meet and greet and Sophie has been with me going on 2 years. I would not have changed a thing. Out of all my other dogs in my life time - she truly touched me heart and I can't explain how or why but she did. I love that crazy mutt!

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    1. Tess has been the same -- such a special dog!

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  7. I tell the story all the time, but let's just say I ABSOLUTELY knew Hades and Braylon were ours from the moment we met them. We knew we wanted a "pit bull" and when we saw Hades he fit the short and stocky build, plus he was super happy and loving and had piercing eyes. And Braylon's sad story and sweet face grabbed us immediately as well. They've truly completed our family!
    Did Tesla have puppies before?
    Good idea on the name change ;)

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    1. I'm sure it's somewhere on your blog...I'll have to find it! I agree - can't image life without them!

      She did - the vet said probably just shortly before she was picked up as a stray. Breaks my heart to think about it!

      Yeah...Pearl just didn't seem to fit...

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    2. Mama dogs are my favorite of course. (Being that our little lady was a mama herself.) One of our fosters was also a mama at about the same age as Tess would have been. I will always have mama dogs for my female dogs I think. :)

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  8. That's an awesome story! To be honest, I'm still not sure Kaya is "the one" as she drive me crazy, but she is endlessly entertaining and I wouldn't trade her for any dog now. Norman, I knew it the second I laid eyes on his photos! You definitely made the right choice getting a pit bull over a beagle! Also, Tess looks so much like Kaya's sister!

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    1. We have been endlessly questioning Ed, too, but we couldn't be happier, now (check the next post!)! Tess was instant love, too!

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  9. I love this story! :) Tess is the cutest! Funny story, I got Rufus when I was a (very poor) senior in college and one of my "requirements" was that I wanted a very small dog that didn't eat a lot because I didn't want to pay a lot for dog food. Ha... random.

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