For those of you who have been following our dog adventures - a little update. Yesterday, Jon and I attended a "happy hour" for dog owners at a local pub. The benefits went to Peppertree Rescue, where Jon and I got the big beasts.
When we arrived we were surrounded by friendly people who knew these two dogs - especially Indy. Several people praised us for having taken him in, and a few said they didn't think he'd ever get adopted and would be put down.
I also learned a little more of the circumstances of the dogs. Bella was originally named Edie. She came to Peppertree from Georgia with her sister Eva in November, 2005. She was adopted out twice and returned because of her many issues. Somewhere in there she was renamed Bella.
[Side note - you'll see in the photos that Bella loves having things in her mouth: sticks, kongs, bones. She'll wander around the house all day with her red kong in her mouth. If she were a human, she'd be a smoker.]
Indy was turned in to the Mohawk & Hudson Humane Society as a stray. He was found with a second dog, both of whose faces were covered in porcupine quills. The Humane Society was able to track down Indy's owner, but when they called to tell them that Indy had been turned in, the owner said they were through with Indy and didn't want him. Thus began Indy's journey in foster homes where he became an escape artist of remarkable feats (jumping over 6' fences, eating through plastic crates and tearing through screen doors).
It gives me some more perspective on what these dogs have been through.
I have to say, though, I am getting very sick of Bella's bad habits. She has two that are frustrating. First, she jumps. Second, she's not quite housebroken. If anyone has any tips on how to deal with these two problems, please share!