Once upon a time, in a trailer park in Alabama, a basenji met a husky and they had the most adorable, but nearly ill-fated puppies. Ever. Running amok and left to die by the husky’s “owner”, two of these puppies were rescued by a team of wonderful people. There was the woman to call for help. There was the woman who physically rescued them. There was the family who loved and fostered them. There was the amazing organization who advertised and found homes for them. There were the men who drove the puppies from Alabama to New England. And there were probably many other heroes and kind people along the way. The details are murky at best, because what matters most to my family is what came to be.
I think it was the SAME DAY, in which two different men were looking online for puppies to love. Both fell instantly in love, because if you look at the above photo, it would be hard not to fall in love. The man who wrote first wanted the female dog and had to wait a few agonizing days to see if he could adopt her. He could! He waffled a lot on taking the male puppy too, because it’s hard to split up such a tight unit.. He decided on just the female puppy and kept that secret from his family.
The other man initially fell in love with the female dog’s photo, but was told she was adopted and that her brother was still available. He accepted. These two big-hearted guys, both in Massachusetts, drove nervously to Vermont one morning to claim their new dogs. One pup went to the city, one went to the country, but most importantly – they both went into loving homes.
After many months of seeing each other’s puppies grow up on Facebook, we got together with Athena’s brother Levi and his owner, Ross, over the weekend. This was after the incident in which I locked both kids in the car with the keys so if I hinted at having a pretty wonderful day, despite that, this is why. The cute little puppies got to get together again.
We were all nervous and we were all dying to know what was going through their heads. Did they remember each other? I’d like to believe they did. They do. They went through an insane rescue and then foster home family experience and then long transport together. They were separated, but we have plans to get them together often. It’s a good thing.
Levi’s owner, Ross, showed genuine patience and interest in Scarlet’s house tours and toys. He even kept a straight face when seeing her “Kitty Surprise” and “Puppy Surprise” which even SHE has called “C-section Stuffed Animals.” If Des had any trouble waking up from a nap and seeing a man he’d never met, as well as an extra dog, milling around his bedroom, he showed no indication. He was happily in Ross’ arms within minutes. That’s what happens when someone is a warm, open and REAL person. The dogs know. The kids know. And our dogs and kids are genuinely happy souls, and everyone can see it.
In the beginning, we took the dogs on a hike through the woods and came across a random llama! I guess it’s not really random, because we live near a llama farm but this one was at the edge of the woods, and the others were fenced in.