Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Who Rescued Who?

We knew that picking up and moving 8 hours from home wouldn't be easy, but I don't think we were prepared for how difficult it would be.  We knew no one in Little Rock (other than the people who recruited me... and our real estate agent).  Let's also add on navigating licensure in an unfamiliar state and starting my residency. (Keep in mind what the first few months of your career were like- pretty rough, right?) Then there's also the house in constant need of fixing, which we generally enjoy. Most of the time.

I think I've painted the picture that the last few months have been... stressful.

Last Saturday, I was on-call, so I had just come home from the hospital. We were going to kill some time before tailgating for the Samford (my alma mater) vs. Arkansas game.  What better way to do so than by going to the humane society and looking at the dogs? Yeah, in retrospect, it doesn't make a whole lot of sense to me either. 

Nonetheless, away we went.  Grant had seen a golden-lab mix named Calista on their web page, so we asked to meet here and were shown to her pin.  She came over to the gate, and I stuck my hand in.  She rested her face in my hand, and it was a done deal: she was coming home with us.

This particular pup had been part of a litter of 7 who had been dropped off with their mom.  Eventually all were adopted.  The older couple who adopted our girl brought her back because she was chewing on things. (Shocking. A puppy who chews.) 

So Callie came home. With us.

She runs with me every morning, greets me at the door, wags her tail when I say her name, and lets me hug her when I've had a bad day.

Already a Tennessee Volunteer fan!

So as much as I like to think about how we gave Callie a home, a yard, and a family who loves her, I think she's giving us something foreign in our new life so far: comfort.

And as for how Cookie likes Callie...

... I think she's adjusting just fine.

Welcome home, Callie!

Seriously? Too cute.

Here's to having dog hair on the floor and loving it!


I hope that you'll consider adopting a pet in need.  Click here to find animals in your area that need families.

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