My goodness Ive been gone forever! Its been NUTs around my house hold - anyway, Way over due for an update...
So, good news Keona has a good, new home
I cannot believe how fast and fortunate we were.
heres the semi-short version:
I found Southern Siberian Rescue
and got in touch with them, they basically said they were full but would help me look for a home for her, and they would post her in various places, however, I obviously was responsible for most of the hunt. But they would give me a list of good questions to ask and such.
Well I asked around and a friend of a friend turned out to be looking for another Sibe Husky puppy. And my goodness I drilled this girl with questions about her life style, her home, her dogs, family, knowledge of huskys, vet reference, home visits.. . She was totally understanding though, I talked to her vet and her groomer, and a lady, Gale, that she adopted one of her other dogs from, she has fostered huskys in the past so I asked her who she fostered through, I got some names and numbers, unfortunately they never returned my calls, but I got good reports from Gale, vet & groomer, and then my friend Charles also, said he would trust her with his own children and that Alison (Keona's new mama) was in love with her dogs.
Alison came to my house and brought one of her dogs, Bandit- her 7yr old husky, and her son. They were really nice, and the dog, while older and didnt really play, accepted Keona and tolerated her puppyness as well as Milah's. I explained to her how things were going to need to be taken slow with Keona, because she was so skittish, and took time and patience.
A day later I went to Alison's house and Keona met her other dog 1yr old Luna and her daughter, Hubby was out of town. They had 3 acres of fenced in yard, so lots of room to run. Keona and Luna will take some time getting used to each other, Luna was a lot bigger and wanted to play but Keona wasnt sure.
Anyway, I talked with Alison and made out a contract, talked with her vet, Keona is scheduled to be spayed on Feb 2. I had her make the appointment and then I called to confirm it before even thinking about making a final decision. Alison agreed and signed off on that: 1) if Keona doesnt work out, they will bring her back to me and we will keep her and 2) if she fails to get her spayed I have to right to come and collect her.
I had taken Keona to my vet and had her checked out and gotten her 2nd round of shots, so she was as up to date as she could be before I let her go.
After a few tears I took Keona to her new home, about 30min away from mine, on Monday afternoon. I took some blankets and some of the food & treats we had been feeding her and a toy, we had bought a collar for her so I left that as well.
It was harder leaving her than I thought it would be...
But I have been keeping up with Alison, she sends me emails pretty much daily. The first night Keona ended up sleeping in their bed, and has been on the couch the rest of the nights. She doesnt leave Keona alone with her other dogs just yet, which is a good thing, as they still need to slowly get used to each other. Keona steals their socks and runs to the gate when the kids get home from school, scratches at the door when she wants out or in, shes wagging her tail and finding her voice around new faces.
I feel really good about it. And I love that we are keeping in touch and she is so close. I do plan to visit.
Oh and she did pay us for her - No there is NO Such Thing as a Free Dog! She paid us $100, what we got her for. Rewind:
The rescue group didnt really have many leads for me that were in my area. I talked to them about Alison, told them the info I had gotten from my friend - as a reference - the vet and groomer, as well as the lady she had adopted from before. They didnt have any reasons for me not to go ahead with the adoption, so I just went with my gut. And so far things seem great. I hope we helped Keona trust humans more so that she will warm up even faster to her new family. Because she was a pretty scared little one when we brought her home. : /
Milah is bored and pouting. We are doing our best to entertain her.
And I know that we are still on the hunt for the perfect 2nd addition to our home.
Yeah, so much for the short version! On to read up on what Ive missed around the forums!