Tom & I set out looking to adopt a dog vs. purchasing one from a
breeder, because we know how important it is to give a deserving dog in
an unfortunate situation a good home. Our criteria for our potential dog
was pretty simple: we wanted an adult dog, medium sized, and one that
would be a good runner partner.
Heartland was probably the 6th shelter we visited in our search. When I
first saw Dixie , she was spinning in tight circles in her kennel. I walked
past, and Tom & I found another dog that was very cute, but after
consideration we decided she was a bit too small for us. The volunteers
at the shelter suggested we take a look at a different particular dog but
when we went to take a look at him, Dixie , in the next kennel, caught my
eye. She wasn't spinning anymore, but she didn't seem overly friendly
either. We thought she was a good looking dog though, so a volunteer
grabbed a leash and we took her outside. The minute she was off the
leash within the fenced in area, she took off running at top speed. It was
impressive, but definitely a dog we wouldn't be able to let off of a leash.
Just about the entire time we had her outside, she showed much more
interest in anything BUT us. However, when the volunteer put her leash
on and brought Dixie over, she did come up to me and let me pet her for a minute. As she went back into her kennel, we discussed what to do. We were interested, as Dixie is a great looking dog, but we didn't quite know if we could handle her.
We were given the opportunity to foster Dixie for a week to get to know her better, which we decided was a great idea. Between us, we were a bit suspicious of the fact that Dixie had been at Heartland for at least 9 months already, and we had been told that she had been adopted at one point, but returned. The week that we fostered Dixie had some highlights, but it was also a bit of a struggle too. It was pretty obvious that she was not used to being in a home. At the end of the week however, we decided that a home is exactly what Dixie needed so we decided to officially adopt her.
As part of her fresh start with us, we decided to give Dixie a new name. Dixie proved to be a great running companion, and so we renamed her "Boston " in honor of the prestigious marathon in that city. " Boston " also serves as a tribute to Tom's previous dog, Boomer.
Boston has turned out to be a great dog. She is fabulous with people, and does really well at loud, crowded functions such as picnics, football games, etc. She loves her stuffed toys, and pounces on them with playful excitement. Boston took such a liking to her cushioned dog bed, that we bought a second one so she could be comfortable both upstairs & down. We have noted that we have never seen a dog stretch as much as Boston does, but we view it as even more proof that she is an athlete at heart. Most importantly though, Boston has really come around to our affection. She is very sweet, loves being petted and has taken a liking to curling up on the couch with us. She has mastered her basic Sit, Down, & Come commands, and we are starting some obedience classes to work on some more advanced skills that we can't teach her ourselves.
We are very very happy to have Boston with us, and we have gotten many compliments on what a pretty dog she is and how well behaved she is. I am still amazed that she lived in a shelter for so long, and we are very proud that we have been able to give her a better life.