Saturday, May 27, 2017

Welcome home, Allie!

My Life with the Critters welcomes....Allie!



No, not you, Allie Cat.  This sheltie is also called Allie.  That's what her previous mama called her. And now she has come to live with us.  Isn't she sweet?


I don't wanna hear this!

Dear Allie-the-dog,
Welcome to our family.  I am so very happy that Langley Animal Protection Society (LAPS) chose me for your new mama.

How fortunate it was that my friend Deb Strong of Cat n Mouse Designs brought you to my attention a couple of days before I was to transport some potbellied pigs to the mainland - perfect timing! She is so clever - did you know she matched me up with my very first sheltie, Belle, and later with Sadie too?

Ha ha, that's pretty funny.
I guess she's your official Matchmaker! 

And so began the very thorough application process:  a telephone interview the day before I left the island, a face-to-face interview and time spent with you while I was over there, a written application that included some interesting questions asking how I would handle certain scenarios, an opportunity to walk you on the trails through the woods on the shelter grounds, and  a few days later a phone call approving my application.  We weren't done yet, though - first I needed to return to the mainland to spend more time with you while you awaited your final vet visit. Two more days walking trails and relaxing in the meadow so we could bond, three more talks with their adoption counselors to make sure I understood your health issues, your temperament, and the recommended techniques for helping you feel secure.  And finally, this Thursday afternoon, we were on our way home to the island.   

However, there is a wee problem.  You see, there is already an Allie in our family - and she has been here for sixteen years, which is more than twice your seven-year-old age.  And while I know you lost everything familiar when your mama was no longer able to care for herself  and was moved to a care facility, I am about to ask you to also give up your name.  We shall choose something similar, and you and I shall take a few days to think about it.  

I know you  and Allie-the-Cat  will have some adjusting to do, but LAPS says you are good with cats.  Okay, that hasn't quite proven true as you do seem to obsess over Allie-the-Cat and chase her every chance you get (and, yes, that is why you are attached to my belt with a leash whenever you are both in the same room).  But I'm sure Allie-the-Cat will soon put you in your place.  In fact, she already tried, and I heard you yelp when she swiped you.  You do seem a little more cautious around her now. Don't fret,  I'm sure both you and Allie-the-Cat will soon adjust to your new family circle.
You've got to sleep sometime!

So let's take a few days to chill, to let you familiarize yourself with the house and yard, and then the town, and later you can gradually meet some of my human and canine friends. I know you are very timid around strangers and that you don't like dogs without manners, so we'll take it slow and build some confidence first. Maybe one day you'll be brave enough to go hiking!  

I like your garden -
can we hike in the garden?

So welcome, Sweet Sheltie Allie, welcome to your new home, your new life, your new family.  I am so very happy you are here.

Love, your Mama Jean
(and Allie-the-Cat, who isn't quite so happy). 

I don't know why you couldn't have just stuck with this guy!


Janice Gillett said...

hahaha loved the blog

Gayle in Memphis said...

congrats! and Sheltie Allie hit the jackpot -

Marie said...

Jean, I'm so very happy that Allie the Sheltie has come to live with you and Allie the cat, she's a perfect match for you and your home, congratulations from Sparkle and I...... :)

CarolineA said...

There was a reason your condo attempt did not work. Allie-dog needed you!
Selfishly I am looking forward to your blogs about new adventures, new name(wonder what you will come up with but know it will be clever), and a summer of bonding and love for the 3 of you

Welcome home Allie-dog. You landed in heaven on earth!

Jean said...

Actually, Caroline, the condo would have been perfect and their pet policy was one of the very few anywhere on the island that would have allowed me to have both animals. But, what is what is - the selling realtor screwed up big time and if I have to deal with her again I shall insist on another realtor being present when the offer is made. I'll hold off looking until fall now, or possibly next spring, so Allie-dog and I have a chance to become truly bonded. And, of course, now that I know the number and size of my pets, the search will be much narrower.

Sheryl said...

Congratulations on your new family member, Jean.

Happy trails!

(And don't worry, Allie-cat. We all know that Dogs Drool and Cats Rule!)

Mark said...

Lucky Allie dog has landed in the right place with you Jean, I'm sure she is going to be spoiled rotten.