Susan Hiland: Meet Our New Puppy
After waiting a year and a half and then searching for several months, we have finally found a little girl to adopt. She’s an adorable 8 pound Maltese/Poodle mix puppy!
When I lost Checkers a year ago, I knew I would want another rescue dog in a couple months. Then I got engaged and knew life would get hectic. A wedding, moving, a new home — not the environment for a new puppy, so we decided to wait. It was a long wait!
The day we got back from our honeymoon, I was on Petfinder.com, a website where you can see available pets at rescues and shelters across the country. We were looking for a small female Maltese mix, which is difficult to find. But searching had a lot more ups and downs, than I anticipated. We’d see an adorable pooch, get our hopes up, call and she’d already be gone. This happened several times — sometimes they’re gone within hours. I called about one dog that had been on Petfinder.com a couple hours and someone was already filling out adoption papers!
We looked all across the country and that’s when we saw this picture and fell in love!
She was a rescue in Phoenix.
The Citizens of North Phoenix Strays say they pulled her out of a local shelter a day before she was scheduled to be put down.
Since Checkers was named after the famous political “Checkers” speech, I wanted our new dog to be connected somehow. After some research, I found Checkers’ Mom was named Boots, and one of Checkers’ litter mates was named Bootsie. However, her rescue name was Bellerina, and my husband likes Bella. I like both, so now we’re not sure. Any suggestions?
Bootsie is about a year old and is very shy and skittish. She’s very sweet and loves to be held. She’s already made a lot of progress, and still has a way to go, but I think she is settling in nicely in her new home.
During this process, I met some wonderful and dedicated animal lovers at local shelter and rescue groups. They work hard to rescue and place pets in homes 24/7. Since many rescue groups don’t have an actual shelter, they are always in need of foster homes. If you’re thinking about a furry friend for the holidays, please look at adopting from a shelter or rescue. They make the best pets!