Hi. My name is Sharon and we adopted "Stella", now Abby on Aug. 3. I promised I would send an update and got pretty busy so better late than never. :) Don't know if you'd remember but we drove from Sterling Heights up to Midland to get her. One of the best trips I've ever made.
I have never adopted from a shelter before so I didn't know what to expect. I think we hit the jackpot. Abby is amazing. She is so sweet and loveable - we are blessed to have her. She was pretty shy at first, basically laying on the loveseat for 3 or 4 days only getting off when we called her to go outside. Surprisingly, she knew her new name the same day we got her so we wondered if her name wasn't something similar. She answers to Abigail, or Abby and when we call her she does a little "Abby dance" (happy dance). When we leave we are greeted with her smile and dance upon our return. She is soooo happy. Her coat is nice and healthy and she has put on a little weight.
Abby gets along great with our cat and our 1 1/2 year old golden, Molly. At first it seemed she didn't know how to play with Molly or anything such as a ball or stuffed toy. She would shy away when we would throw a toy or ball and also for normal noises such as dishes clanging, people walking or doors closing - normal things dogs would experience and every once in a while she still does. It seemed as if she didn't understand what "playing" was, or going for walks, or for rides in the car. She never even barked for over a month and we were beginning to wonder if something was wrong. When Abby barked for the first time, she ran and hid. Now, she barks, though not a lot, and she has her toys - her favorite is her nylabone, and will sometimes participate in play, although she still seems somewhat apprehensive. She shyies away from men but in no way has ever been aggressive towards them or anyone or anything else.Her favorite thing to do is to lay next to us and have her stomach rubbed or her head patted. She has come a long way and still does something new every day. Today, Abby was chasing Molly trying to get Molly to play with her. It had always been the other way around.
I don't know if there will ever be a dog sweeter than her. I almost feel bad for whoever lost her, however, if it wasn't for that we wouldn't have been able to adopt her. I do know if we would have lost her we would have looked forever for her. She is that special. Our whole family loves her so much and she is a wonderful addition to our family. When our 11 year-old golden passed away in July, we thought we'd never find another like him. Although Abby is not Bailey, she helps fill in the void that was there with his passing. Her loving personality is very much like his. We knew Bailey was dying, but tried to hang on to him as long as we could and when we had to let him go, we found Abby. So maybe things do happen for a reason. I know that we found a little girl that will always have a place in our hearts. So thank you for that!
|Stella (right) with her sister Abby|