Friday, June 24, 2011

Happy Ending: Evie

This happy ending is particularly special to me as Evie was one of my fosters!

What a blessing Evie has been to our family! She has filled the void left by our last dog whom we had had for 16 years.

On March 6, 2011, Sarah and Jen from OBG came to visit our house with Evie. It was a rainy, snowy, sleet-filled Sunday afternoon. When Evie arrived she came bounding into our home and immediately acted liked she belonged here. We had dog toys in a basket in our family room and she found them very quickly and started to run around the room with them. By the end of the two-hour period she was snuggled in my lap just wanting lots of cuddles.

Ready for cuddles.

Evie had just come into the OBG system so her foster mom was not too sure what her real personality might be except that she was good around other dogs and was very friendly toward people. In the weeks since she has come into our lives she has made herself right at home; she has slept with us at night in our high king-size bed since day one. She jumps up on it with no problem and loves to run around on the top of it before she settles down for the night.

Snuggling into bed.

We go for walks 4 to 5 times a day, walking between 3 to 5 miles per day. I tell everyone that I have a new personal trainer who really keeps me in shape. I've lost 4 lbs already with all this walking.

Who could resist that face?

Evie loves our 16 month old grandson and lets him hug her and tumble with her on the floor.  There also isn't a dog she doesn't like to greet when going on our walks. My niece, who is really afraid of dogs, fell in love with her the minute she met her and carried her around the whole day while we were together.  Evie loves going to visit my parents in Culpeper, VA, and running around on their 30 acres of land.

On the lookout.

She has started obedience training to help refine some of her manners and reinforce some of the training she already seems to know; this training though is mostly for me so I can learn the proper commands and behaviors to encourage from her. Hopefully as smart as she is and as quickly as she has learned house rules, we can pursue training for Evie to become a therapy dog in the near future and share Evie's love for life with others.

Thank you again OBG for all you do for these dogs.  We feel that Evie is truly a ray of sunshine in our lives.

To a wonderful life, Evie!

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