When my precious dog Thomas passed away three years ago I wanted nothing to do with a dog. I didn’t want to replace him. Living things cannot be replaced. I mourned and I mourned deeply for him. He had been my best friend and secret keeper for 14 years. He had taken care of the kids when a coyote came in the yard. I trained him so that he only went to the kitchen when it was time for him to eat. Generally, he didn’t leave the yard. He was my everything (Not including my husband and kids).
And so I’ve been Waiting for Godot. For those of you unfamiliar with Waiting For Godot (most aren’t) it’s a play or book that has 2 characters waiting for this person, Godot who never arrives. This was required reading in one of my college classes. Recently, I got the itch for a puppy. One I could train again and lavish with love. I had a picture in my head. I have never paid for a pet, we’ve always rescued. I was adamant about this though. I had a name “Dot” because it reminded me of “Waiting For Godot”. I knew what she needed to look like and so the search began for an English Bulldog with a dot.
What I found on the internet horrified me. Do you know how many people are running “puppy scams”? Puppy Mills? Almost every site I looked at was a scam and they were asking for thousands and thousands of dollars for puppies. This really dashed my hopes and dreams of finding my “Dot”. I started saving photos and searching them through Google and found that many of the puppies were featured on multiple sites and many were now a couple of years old. These people would use anything to get people to send them money, including saying they could ship your puppy and you would have it next day. Then there were hard luck stories but what really amused me most is that most of these websites didn’t use proper English. Why? Because they are foreign scams.
I am not a Craigslist type of person but I decided to look there and maybe find a puppy local that I could go and see. I didn’t haven any luck. Every one I contacted referred me back to one of the scam sites. What these crooks have going is pretty elaborate. They’ve put a lot of thought and effort into this. If they worked that hard on something more honest they would do well.
As a last resort I hit up the classifieds and even pulled up the Grand Rapids classifieds. I live 4 hours north of Grand Rapids but I figured that was my best chance. BINGO! I called and spoke to a very kind woman who was Amish. She explained to me that her puppies were 3/4 English Bulldog and 1/4 Beagle, a Beabull, because it helped to eliminate many issues Bulldogs have. The problem, she was 5 hours south of us.
I decided if I was meant to have this puppy then I had to make it happen. The next day I threw Quinn and Ian’s Girlfriend, Allison in the car and we drove south. We arrived at the most beautiful Amish farm I’ve ever seen. We met a very nice farmer and he showed us the puppies. 2 boys, and they were little monsters. In the few minutes I was there they fought over a boot and ripped it in half. I was disappointed. When I had spoken to his wife she had said she had 4, 2 girls and 2 boys. Someone had adopted one of the girls eariler but he brought out the other. She was EXACTLY what I had literally dreamed of. He charged me more and I didn’t care I found my Godot!
So now we have welcomed Dot into our family. We’ve had her since Thursday and she is smart, funny and a little loveable doll. The CATS! The CATS! You say? Yes, wow what an adjustment. They’re afraid of her including Princess Feral Kitty, who put her seal of approval on Dot with a lick on the forehead. There has a been a little misbehaving but nothing like I had anticipated. We are all adjusting and there will be lots of furbaby posts coming!
What does this have to do with my “How Journey”? I’m learning to be happy again and Dot has brought much happiness in her short time and 4 lbs to our home.