Breed: French Bulldog
Current Location: Dennison TX
Adoption Date: March 23, 2019
Adopted by: The Carr Family
If I can have your attention for a moment I would like to tell you a little story about a dog named Clairee.
She was rescued from a mill auction and she had no life experience, she was reactive with some other dogs but not all. I’m a stubborn old gal and I really don’t like slapping label on a dog and say “she needs to be an only dog” Dogs are more complicated than that but the problem is finding the right fit, the right “other dog” in the house, the right people who can listen to advice on how to make it work and follow through on that.
I asked for application from local adopters, people who lived close enough where we could help, advise, counsel and demonstrate.
After I posted that we received an application from someone who wanted to give it a try. She had a 15 year old Grandson she has raised, she has a female Dachshund named Izzy that she said is very good with other dogs. Izzy is very bonded to her and her Grandson was so hoping for a dog to call his, that would sleep with him and love him because Izzy is a mama’s girl and doesn’t love anyone else like she does her mama.
Laura made them jump through all of the usual hoops, we don’t waste our time with an applicant until they get glowing recommendations, until they have answered all the questions we have, until they get through Lauras phone interview and we view their home from a home video.
They passed all the criteria so this was the plan….Come out to the Ranch where Clairee was staying, bring Izzie and allow me to talk to them about what we will be doing. I told her to leave Izzie with me at the Ranch for several hours and Clairee and her will be introduced as any other dog who was staying at the Ranch.
She did, and off they went not to return for a few hours..Izzie was pretty nervous about her mama leaving and this nervous behavior presented to Clairee is unbalanced behavior so she attempted to correct her for it. In turn I corrected Clairee, but the best thing was that Izzie did not respond negatively to Clairee correcting her..This is key, if Izzie was to come back at Clairee to defend herself then you would have a dog fight and this would not work..
This happened a couple fo times and when Clairee tried to correct her she was corrected by me and Izzie just trotted away.
After a couple of hours of them being in a pack of 30 dogs all together there was no further negative interactions. I the took Izzie and Clairee alone into the lounge by themselves and waited, there was nothing, they were bored…
Next step is the family returns, we spent about an hour with Clairee and Izzie together in the waiting room, counseling them on what they are looking at. We encouraged them to sit on the ground and give affection in order to create bad behavior. Clairee postured several times although subtle, the family was able to identify it, correct it and redirect it. We went over all of the things to watch for, and how to handle it if it did. Once we felt comfortable over time we asked if they felt they were ready and they said yes. We took an adoption picture just in case but we knew it was just a trial home and we would see how things went..
That night we got an email that they loved her and so far so good but we weren’t ready to announce It until they were sure..
Today we were notified of this:
She will never have another home than ours …….
WE LOVE HER 💖💖💖💖💖
She luvs my granddaughters so much 💖💖💖💖💖
Her name will be Sugar Bear 🐻💕💕…….
Her forever family is the Carr family from Dennison Texas and as you can see by the pictures, life is going to be very good for all of them.
The conclusion to my story is labels are unfair, and situations can be worked out, when you have a village as big as ours we are fortunate enough to put out the information on what kind of home we are looking for and let the universe bring it back to us..
Thankfully Clairee does not need to be an only dog and now has a family of her own..
This funny girl is one of the mill mamas we rescued at an auction in February. We had our anonymous bidder take five mamas out of that hell for a chance at a new, healthy, happy life. We will have her vetted and give her plenty of love and care at the Sanctuary.
Welcome to your new life, Clairee!
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