You knew it was bound to happen, a post about the newest member of our little family, Baylee.
Many of you have been asking about out little pup and how she came to be with us. You’d think with a house full of renovations, we’d want to get some of our long list of unfinished projects, finished. We admit it, we are a little crazy, but look at her! Could you really say ‘no’ to that sweet face?!
Baylee came to us on Saturday from a rescue shelter in Georgia. We had no idea this little pup was going to come into our lives until last Thursday. Justin and I both grew up with dogs, and hoped to adopt one of our own once we owned a house. We were throwing around the idea of looking for a pup this spring/summer when the majority of our house work was finished (when I say that, I mean what we hope to finish this season. The renos will continue for a while…). With the “idea” being thrown around, we were instantly addicted to “browsing” on Petfinder and Adopt-a-Pet for adoptable golden retrievers.
With our newfound obsession of perusing the above named sites, last Tuesday I easily fulfilled my “day of snow” and came across Baylee’s picture. I e-mailed Justin her picture, as well as the director of Nick of Time Shelter, Lee, and she informed me immediately that Baylee was already adopted. To be honest, I figured that was the response I was going to get. A sweet, house trained, potty trained, golden retreiver mix puppy who is good with people, kids and dogs, still available? Doubtful. I continued searching for the “perfect” pup and went on with my day.
Wednesday afternoon I received a very short e-mail from Lee which read: Cleo (her name before us) has been unadopted, are you interested?
My immediate response was yes, even before I had talked with Justin. Curious as to why she was no longer being adopted, Lee informed me that her almost adoptive parents were foreclosing on their home. I called Justin immediately and his response was just as excited as mine. Lee sent along an application and closed her e-mail with, “We’ll be coming north Saturday.”
A little stunned this was all happening so quickly after only a few days of looking for a pup, we decided to roll with the punches and see what would happen. And boy, are we glad we did! 🙂
On March 12th, Baylee was scheduled to be euthanized. She was recused by Nick of Time Rescue, and put up for adoption. When we picked up Baylee, we met Lee, who was driving an old catering van. Baylee rode the whole way from Georgia, over a two day period, in a small kennel. I honestly can’t tell you how many times she was let out or where she slept in those two days, and really, I’d rather not think about it. She came out of her kennel to greet us and was covered with sawdust. She was in desperate need of a bath and had matted fur behind her ears. It was instant love.
Our first hours with Baylee consisted of a bath, food and sleep. She has impressed us tremendously by how quickly she learns. She is so responsive to us, and really only wants to snuggle. She has come such a long way since Saturday, believe it or not, and we could not be more proud of our anxious and nervous little girl!
We are excited for her to continue to learn and grow, and meet our family and friends. We are also forever thankful to Lee and Nick of Time Rescue for saving this pup from the kill shelter and bringing her into our lives. And yes, for making me into an already crazy, obsessed, dog mom. 🙂