Meet Joey (middle name TBA).
I found Joey (Caroline's pick for a name; do you think she will be happy now??? LOL!!) at a rescue shelter on the internet. Actually, he looks like a Joey, kinda like a little tough, muscular feather-weight boxer! He is as cute as a bug, reminds me a lot of China's momma-dog and Ali's lady-love, the late, wonderful Mai Lin. His dark is blacker where she was brindle, but the markings, the face, yes... a dear and sweet reminder.
Joey is another rescue dog. He was in a rescue shelter in OK, along with a little female who is pregnant. They are obviously very attached to one another. It was hoped that they could be adopted to the same home because of their bond. The shelter can not keep him any longer because he is ready to go; keeping him excludes another dog that needs a rescue, and it would raise the expenses on him, making it more difficult to adopt him out. However, his little lady hasn't had her puppies, and must stay on until they are born, weaned and she can be spayed. The woman who runs the place knew she had to go ahead and let Joey go, and she had no "bites" on keeping them together by taking him now and coming back for the little girl later. The good thing about this shelter is the dogs are spayed/neutered, have all their shots, heartworm testing, and can be microchipped before they leave!
OK, now you all know I'm a pushover. Don't even pretend you didn't think this would happen! Yes, I agreed to take Joey now and come back for the girl in a few weeks when she is ready. Yes, I know it is ridiculous to make two trips like this. But I couldn't stand the thought of separating them. I know how Ali has grieved Mai Lin, and I don't want two bonded dogs to be pulled apart.
However, with China's health, I couldn't come right now, a 9.5 hours trip one way. That's a long trip for me, let alone her in the condition she is now. I tried to find a sitter to enable me to come, but it wasn't to be. Then, I jokingly said to Caroline that I would buy her gas if she would come for a visit, and before I knew it, we were meeting half-way with Caroline picking up my new little boy! So the arrangements were made and here we are! Caroline got to meet the little lady, too, and says that she is as adorable as Joey. I can't wait to bring her home, too!
He is getting along extremely well with the other dogs. They have all met and said their howdy's and don't-sniff-me-there's. He romped for a short while with Max and Sam, and China joined in with them, too! Ali is a bit more distant, but I expected that. I think he is not feeling good, too. His back legs are really weak and wobbly, and I think he is uncomfortable. Joey chases the ball AND fetches it back! I can't wait to get him home and have some fun!
China and Joey.
The sweet Joey.
China, Sam and Max.
Max and Sam.
The ever vigilant Sam with Max snoozing.
OK, Sam isn't always vigilant!
China seems to think the new boy is OK.
OK, Sam is only vigilant when humans are moving around!
And the handsome Ali at rest.
Tomorrow morning we leave for our respective homes. It will be good to get home, but I'll miss Caroline. Again. :(