Saturday, May 3, 2014

This should come as no surprise

Ok.

Where we last left me, on the edge I live on and frequently sew from, I was volunteering at a dog refuge shelter.

Well.

Yesterday afternoon I brought home this two year old poodle Schnauzer mix. Her name on her cage said Heidi but the family quickly figured that since Miss Heidi at home is heavily invested in the Terrible Twos and painting her body with stuff you shouldn't use for that and trying to make rules for things like who gets to open the doors or else - many events that prompt "No Heidi!" that this would be counter productive.

So since this new dog likes to stop and smell the flowers Miss Scarlett has phoned in the name Daisy, which is who she is now. And she doesn't know she has a name anyway.

The thing is Miss Daisy was abandoned after her time in a rabbit cage at a puppy mill. She was picked up and sent to be euthanized but ended up with the group that tries to save those dogs, and ended up being walked by me.

These puppy mill dogs really have had a hard time. The ones I have tried to walk won't, they have never been out of cages and don't know how to do it. These are animals that often have not walked on grass, played, being patted, or even had names. 

This little dog really loved to walk however and was the only dog I ever have seen who actually stopped and smelled the flowers. I was told to expect that she would stay in her crate for a long time and I would need patience.

This is a long way from Mr. R the terrier chutzpah king.

But I figured I wasn't going to go home and leave her behind not knowing what would happen to her.

So we came home and she did hide in the crate. She looked at a ball and didn't know what it was. She doesn't know what Good Girl means and looks worried when we say Come. I still have not heard her bark.

But I took her out for a walk and we walked and walked and she was so happy. And she ate so well and I felt her bony back and wondered how many meals it would take to fill her out.

The sound of the dishwasher, the washing machine, the beep of the iPhone, the sound of garlic being chopped at the chopping block startled her.

And last night she was put in her crate but started to fuss and when she came out she tried to get up on the bed. 

And she slept all night, quiet and relaxed, between us.

We will see how we go.

She is a good girl. 

Just doesn't know it yet.



38 comments:

Deb said...

This post brought a tear to my eyes. All our dogs have been rescues (we have two Huskies at the moment, both from shelters), and it breaks my heart to think how many there are out there that are in need of a home. So pleased Miss Daisy now has a home she can be safe and comfortable in, hope she adjusts quickly and learns the pleasures of being a family pet.

Mary Deeter said...

Seen that one coming, but that is a wonderful thing! I wish you many happy years together. Congratulations on your new family member!

Pattyskypants said...

I think she knows it, but can't believe anyone else does! Good girl!

Jane M said...

What a cutie! Welcome, Daisy. She's another lucky rescue dog and I hope both of you enjoy many miles of walk in the years to come. Just thrilled for all of you.

Nana said...

Congratulations! She is adorable and will never replace Mr. R. Daisy is sure to fill a void and be as special as if you had paid a million for her. Enjoy the walks and smell the flowers with her. Life is Great!

Kathie said...

oh, Barbara! I hoped you'd find one to bring home. She's a lucky, lucky girl.

Julie Culshaw said...

I knew you wouldn't be able to resist. She looks great, congratulations on your new addition.

Pam from South Australia said...

Well, your loyal followers had no idea this was going to happen. NOT!! What a wonderful story. Welcome to little Daisy. May you bring much joy to each others lives.

LyndaSewing.blogspot.com said...

Like everyone else, I saw the writing on the wall. She looks adorable!
I also have a rescue, a tiny black Cocker Spaniel who loves to smell the flowers! It took me a while to figure out what she was doing.
She was so bony her 25 pound body was down to about 18 pounds and our Vet was worried she wasn't going to make it! Ten years later, she's still going strong, but still jumps at certain sounds too.

Enjoy your new puppy. Sounds like she's already found a home

annie said...

Well, clearly we all knew you would do it. How lucky Miss Daisy is. I think you are too. Life can be a good thing more often than not.

Tillie's Mom said...

Good for you! We have a rescue too. She loves us to pieces. So happy for you.

ElleC said...

Lucky Miss Daisy won the dog lottery, and you can tell her I said so. Congratulations to all of you.

I am not surprised really, but I am surprised you only adopted one, said she who lives with five dogs.

How much longer will you be there?

AJW said...

She is a very lucky pup and a real cutie, too. Good luck to both of you -- it looks like the start of a wonderful adventure.

Mary said...

She looks very selfish contained and happy in her new home. Welcome Daisy!

TinaLou said...

Yay!!!!!

Janine said...

She is a lucky girl and you Barbara are a very good girl and I hope you both know it. I think Mr Rascal would also be very happy and approve . Lovely story.

truedogs said...

Oh congratulations! Lucky Daisy! Lucky you!

Anonymous said...


Good for you. I am sure that she will blossom with you.

Terry

Judi Pinkham said...

I think you are keeping her forever aren't you? She is going home with you isn't she? She'll need her passport!!! I'm shedding happy tears for you and Daisy!!!

shams said...

How wonderful, Barbara.

Jacq C said...

That is so wonderful - she is a lucky pup :)

Anonymous said...

Your post is just lovely! Good wishes to you all.
Anne

mssewcrazy said...

Our rescues are the most pampered over indulged pets ever and we love them (yes there are multiples). This story made my heart smile.Daisy is so cute and it is so wonderful that you saved her. Mr. R can enjoy life at the bridge in the meanwhile since he won't be sad that you are alone.

Janet said...

Congratulations. Enjoy the journey. What a good girl!

Anonymous said...

More than one good girl in this story, I think!

Always a good sign when they are comfortable enough to sleep on the bed with you....

Is Miss Daisy house trained? So often puppy mill dogs are not, but quick to learn.

Ceci

Anonymous said...

Oh, I'm in love! Hello, Miss Daisy. You are about to have the most glorious adventures and misadventures your mischievous heart could desire in your mistress's sewing room and the Nova Scotia snows. I send you my best wishes and hope for much scratching behind the ears.

me said...

Good for you. I knew at some point you'd find the right one. She's adorable
Marciae

Ann said...

Congrats on adopting Daisy. She will adjust quickly to her new life. Have fun with her and she will soon know her name, commands, and all the new sounds around her.

Anonymous said...

Ria from Melbourne, Australia said..
Lucky Daisy. Good luck to both of you. I have a rescued cat, who is much loved.

Laceflower said...

Lucky you, lucky Daisy.

Jodie said...

Congrats.! No I'm not especially surprised. I hope for many flower smelling walks for the both of you.

Tracy King said...

There are tears in my eyes and I feel so happy and grateful for this little pup who had such a hard start in life. I thank God that there are people like you in the World.

SewRuthie said...

Oh Fantastic. I am so pleased for you both.

Anonymous said...

Such an expressive and soulful face. Now that she's had a chance to step out into the world--literally and figuratively--I bet she blossoms into her new name. Elle

Anna Christina said...

She looks very sweet and reminds me of the Bouvier that we rescued from the street. She was very skid dish around men with black shoes and did not know how to play, but she was very loyal and loving. Congratulations on finding her. Too bad the puppy mills continue.

Sharon said...

Daisy does look like a very good girl and what a terrible life she has had so far, she will get there, time and socializing makes a huge difference. I was very happy to see this post.

Nancy said...

Congratulations! So glad that you and Daisy found one another. You made me tear up, but with joy for both of you.

Leigh Wheeler said...

Such a sweet face she has. I could not do the volunteer thing at the shelter. I would be bringing one or two home every single day. I rescued a little corgi boy, and it took nearly a year for him to be a 'real dog'. It also takes that long to 100% replace their coats. He had stiff crimpy terrier fur when I got him and lux soft normal corgi double coat a year later. He also worried about sounds, flags waving, new things. I thought he walked so well on a leash! Well, it was because he was afraid of things, so he stayed close to me. After a year, we had to start working on walking politely as he was more confident and would pull. It took a long time for him to figure out toys too. I'm glad Miss Daisy has found her home.