October 29, 2013

White Dog and the rest of the Army sat around me as I filled out the adoption application. Steve went about taking the photos requested of the house, the yard, where the pups ate, where they slept and the dog door.
We answered all of the questions about our lives and our family and what we would do in certain situations and pressed the "Send" button.

"No problem," YoYoMa said, "they will LOVE us and Tiny White Dog will be reporting for duty in no time." He was right about the "in no time" part. It took less than 15 minutes to get the rejection email. "We do not adopt our dogs into households with other dogs who are not spayed or neutered." WHAT!!!! was the universal reaction from the WDA.

In filling out the form, we had answered truthfully, that Puff was an unfixed female of 15years. In the comments section we very carefully and completely explained that Puff was a survivor of Heart Worm + Stage 3 and had suffered severe pulmonary damage, bronchial scarring, and a collapsing trachea as a result. We explained that our vet given her medical condition and age had strongly advised against the surgery.

Tears were flowing now as I stroked Puff's head and tried to be at peace that apparently TWD was not meant to be part of the WDA. "You are a GREAT momma, momma," White Dog said, "You and dad made the right choice for Puff." "i know Baby Girl, but rules are rules, I guess."

My computer chirped telling me I had a new message, not unusual since I get lots of them. I took a deep breath and clicked as I was still cuddling WD. "Look!" she pointed. It was a second email from the rescue. In it Lori, the foster mom, apologized and explained that she had not read the comments before sending the rejection. If, she wrote, we still wanted to continue, our explanation was a valid reason to ignore the spaying rule.

Did we want to continue? Heck, yes! Tails wagged and Taiko ran out to tell Steve that we needed to upload photos pronto! By the end of the day, we received this response: "Bella would love to be a part of your pack!!"

This is her adoption photo, our first glimpse of Bella, now Bella E. Premuroso (beautiful and caring, in Italian)...the White Dog Army's newest recruit, Tiny White Dog. We are all driving to pick her up and bring her home on Friday and in the meantime WD has ordered the Army to make ready and get things in tip-top order. Oso, our Little Man is TWD's stand-in as the Army makes sure all is properly adjusted for a little one's comfort. The Big Boys, YoYoMa and Taiko have volunteered to chew all the treats down to a more petite size for our soon-to-be new girl. And Puff is very excited that she will have an ally who shares her earlier life experiences. "I hope she likes us," White Dog whispered as the others hurried off to assigned tasks.

"Me, too, Sweetheart. Me, too."


Agnes B. Bullock said...

She is gorgeous- her name is perfedct too!

Noodles said...

I was so upset when I read the words - rejection! It is one of my pet-peeves with pet adoptions - the seemingly silly rules. I understand the reasoning behind the rules, but there should be room for exceptions, such as yours. I wanted to adopt a pug from a rescue but could not because at the time my daughter was under 9 years old and they said no. That is why we ended up getting Noodles from a breeder (we researched them very very carefully). It was not necessarily the lesson I was looking to teach my daughter.
Love Noodles's Mommy #2

Noodles said...

Oh, but I am sooooo glad you have a happy ending and Bella is coming to live in your happy home.
Love Noodles, again.

Random Felines said...

glad for the happy ending, but our hearts skipped a beat when we read "no".... mom does enough applications that we have seen bad ones, but we would send you any animal. :) glad they took a second read and got back to you. can't wait to help you welcome Miss Bella!!

Brian said...

Such wonderful and happy news!!!

♥♥♥ The OP Pack ♥♥♥ said...

Thanks goodness they took a closer look - no way could anyone say NO to your offer.

Welcome to Bella.

Woos _ Phantom, Ciara, and Lightning

meowmeowmans said...

My heart sank when I read that first response. But then ... THEN your story took the best turn ever. Congratulations to Bella, and to you all. We are over the moon!

The Slimmer Pugs, Kitties, and Mama said...

Thank goodness the happy ending was there and the adopter read your notes. I agree with the rest who posted...that my heart just skipped a beat and ached when I read the first "rejection." So glad that the second e-mail arrived quickly enough to make the day a Grrr-eat one!!
Much Love,
Mama Mindy & The Slimmer 4-pack
George, Toby, Lily, & Mimi

KB Bear said...

She's so cute, and she's definitely going to love you!

I'm so glad that they reconsidered. We have found that we are continually rejected by traditional rescues because we don't have a fenced yard. Our reason is that a fence doesn't keep out predators... so take the dogs out for potty breaks on leash and give them good romps every day. No rescue has ever listened to our reasons and accepted us...

So, I'm very glad that they listened to you.

Welcome, TWD!!!!

Francesca Villa said...

Congratulations!! Bella รจ bellissima!!!