Thursday, September 23, 2010

Dog drama

After a month of emails and phone calls, reference checks and home inspections, it turns out that I will not be getting the cute little golden puppy.  

"It's not that I don't like you, because I do," the crazy rescue lady told me.  "All your references checked out and I can tell you're a good dog owner.  Still, I just have this gut feeling that something isn't right and I think it's God's way of telling me that you're just not the right family for Gracie.  I really do like you, though."

This would probably be funny if it wasn't so disappointing.  I knew it would be hard to replace Abbie, but this isn't the kind of difficulty I'd expected.  I'm trying not to let the experience bother me, but that's easier said than done.  

Fortunately, I've had a nice distraction of the canine variety.
This is my friend Carol's dog, Rasko.  He's been staying with us for the last couple days, and it has been such a treat having him.  During that time, he's played with Maggie,
comforted Ryan while he was sick,
and generally made everyone smile.
Oh, there's just no way around it--the Buxtons are meant to be a two dog family!

So I'm not going to let the crazy rescue ladies of the world get me down. I know there's a puppy out there with my name on it, and I'm going to do my best to find her.


  1. She must be out of her mind! "Gut feeling"? I'll give her a "gut feeling"... Oh well. There are plenty more pups in the world that need a fine loving home. If you lived closer to St. Louis, I'd hook you up with one of our rescues or shelters. Our Aussie rescue needs some help right now because they have too many rescues to put into foster homes.

  2. I think you should just keep Rasco - I'm sure Sally was his cousin.

  3. That's utterly ridiculous. I can't think of a better home for a dog. Oh well, if you had got the puppy she probably would have bombarded you with stupid questions and demands for the next 16 years. The perfect dog will be along soon.

  4. Unbelievable! I am speechless about this. I'm sure you're an awesome dog owner and responsible person, willing to give a puppy a good home. I'm sorry you were treated this way.

  5. What Laura and Carol said. 'Rescue Lady' is a hoarder in disguise.

    This weekend, drive down to the Springs and take a walk in the HUGE kennel at Pike's Peak Humane. It's a great place! Talk to Kathleen Jolly if she is you can. We have had two great dogs from there.

  6. I can't imagine that someone wouldn't let you have a dog! Good grief! Anyone can tell by the way you talk about your pets that you're totally devoted to them! I'm sure the right one will come along, she probably gave Gracie to a friend!

  7. Good grief... That makes me mad and sad at the same time. Jeez...


  8. Thanks for the support! Even though I *know* that I'm a good dog owner, it helps to hear it from someone else. Never in a million years did I think I'd be rejected by a rescue.

    Of course, there were a lot of warning signs. I saw the puppy on and all the early contacts with the rescue lady were normal and positive. In fact, at one point she told me we were exactly the type of family she wanted for Gracie.

    However, it wasn't long before things got weird. First she added $50 to the adoption fee. Then she kept putting off the date of transfer... You could see that it was going in the wrong direction, but I just thought if I tried hard enough, I'd end up with the dog and never have to deal with this lady again.

    Ordinarylittleart--your comment made me smile. She probably would have badgered me forever.

    Sian--I think you're on to something as well. I *strongly* suspect she's running her "rescue" out of her house. Gracie is still listed on petfinder along with one of her siblings. They've been up there for more than a month. I don't think Deb is trying very hard to place them.

    Laura--I have a brother in law in St. Louis. Maybe I should go visit him? I'm only half kidding. I love Aussies. They're on the short list of breeds I'm looking for.

    Mom--I don't think Carol or her kids would let me keep Rasko. It's too bad. He does fit right in here!

  9. Wow, I just saw this and I had to comment. Rasco looks almost exactly like my dog. The only difference is my dog has floppy ears and her body is mostly gray(She's old). Otherwse they could almost be twins. Exact same markings. Sorry, I just had to put that out there, it's so weird. Good luck on finding another dog, I know you'll find the perfect one with a little time.

  10. you can't fix stupid OR crazy. Try your local SPCA. They tend towards being less crazy than breed specific rescuers.

    Or the newspaper. Why not look for a dog that a family has to give up? Found my dog that way. I complain about him, but he's a nice dog, just a little more exuberant that I really wanted.

  11. Geez louise, another animal hoarder posing as a "rescue." I'm sorry you had to deal with these nutcases.

    I bought a purebred Siamese cat a couple of years ago and had to go through the same rigamarole -it's not just rescues, it can be anyone connected with animals. You'd think there were people lined up to pay lots of money for a purebred cat and then saute it for dinner. Then I discovered that the place I was trying to buy from, in addition to the litter I was looking at, had 50 "kittens" who were up to a couple of years old that they hadn't sold yet because no home was good enough. Finally I got lucky and found a nice normal person who called my vet and talked to him and sold me a cat all in the same day.

    And I bet this rescue has the nerve to ask for money and complain that it's hard to place animals.

  12. Oh - that reminds me - ask your vet for a nice dog. A lot of my parents' rescues came from the vet and were abandoned because their owners didn't want to pay for care. They had a lovely, healthy dog for years because the original owners didn't want to buy heartworm medication.

  13. I'm agreeing with the others.. sounds like a hoarder posing as a rescue, if not then someone very fishy. Definitely check out your local Humane Society. My current pup is thought to be a papillon/dachshund mix who was found as a stray. I got him as an adult, best dog Ive ever had.

  14. Yes yes! Visit St. Louis! The Aussie rescue people here are amazing, and have some gorgeous dogs right now: Or then you have the Illinois Aussie rescue who is also very busy these days. Then come visit me and Aerie Girl (my sheltie) and we can visit the town :) hehehe. I know, I'm a horrible horrible influence.

  15. I am sad you didn't get Gracie. As I have said before you are welcome to borrow our puppies anytime, I even deliever! Thanks for giving Rasko a break from our crazy puppy filled week. I have to agree, puppies from crazy people might end up being crazy with lots of issues.

  16. I've been reading along for awhile now and I have to say that lady is a bit crazy. It honestly sounds like you're better off without her in your life for the next x-many years.

    If it helps, I know where there will be a litter of springer spaniel puppies that will be looking for homes. They're due sometime this weekend. Drop me an email and I can give you the contact info of the owner if you want.

  17. "It's not that I don't like you, because I do," the crazy rescue lady told me. "All your references checked out and I can tell you're a good dog owner. Still, I just have this gut feeling that something isn't right and I think it's God's way of telling me that you're just not the right family for Gracie. I really do like you, though."

    We tried to adopt a Doberman a few years back and those were almost the exact same words out of the crazy dog lady's mouth. I can totally sympathize :(