New Pup Why and When ...(Fiona).....My lab of 15 years had cancer and crossed the bridge in October of 2006. I had been thinking of getting a new baby and if I did what breed I would like to have....I knew that I did not want to have another lab, probably for sheer comparison purposes.
Working in Vet Med, I see various breeds and also am aware of the typical health issues that come along with them. I also see the typical personality of them as well....I had decided that when I take away first the small dogs (I am a larger dog person), take away the one's that typically dont do well with children, and dogs with long coats, ones that were really to large for me to consider as an indoor baby...then I was left with a very short list
The top of that short list for me was a Boxer....even knowing the health issues that come with them and their general shorter life span compared to other breeds.....I decided it was the one for us.....Their personality, love of children, goofy oddball and fun...besides they are wonderful looking!
I went on the search...specifically for a female and flashy fawn.... and it was tough, because I did not want a puppy that someone was letting go home at 6 weeks....also during the time I was looking we had a severe parvo outbreak in our area, so I did not want to buy one from anyone local and of course I was looking for something a little more then (an ad in the paper)..........It took a while and I finally found Fiona she was 12 weeks old
I have always had a special place in my heart for older dogs.....It is hard for me to understand how someone can love a dog or have one in their home or their life for years and then just decide one day that they are no longer needed....I know circumstances happen such as deaths, divorce, moves, new children and the various reasons that you hear....but the eyes of a senior dog have so much understanding and love in them and when they are in a shelter they seem to always be saying "I dont know what happened to me"......so I had decided some time ago that I wanted two boxers....I always felt they did better in pairs
I wanted my baby...my puppy....and we found that in Fiona.....but, I knew that once Fiona reached a year old that I would find a special senior to give a home.....
Everyone probably already knows the story...but.....Cassie was a breeding dog and her owner decided she was no longer needed...to old....she had some tumors coming up on her legs...and her face has turned grey....so she was going to be sent to the shelter.....a rescue took her in and the person from the rescue brought her into the clinic to be checked for heartworms and to schedule her to be spayed.....I did not intend to bring (Bubbles) aka Cassie home when I first met her....it was not until I spent time with her on the day of her surgery. I was going to wait 2 weeks....then a week....that turned into her coming home with me......I certainly did not plan Cassie or go out looking for her...she just happen to cross my path and.... Now I know we happened for each other, she will spend the rest of her time in a home that she will feel loved, because she had so much love left to give!!!!!!!!!