If you are a regular reader of my blog then you will remember from my previous post dated May10, 2011 titled “Animal Rescue… Remembering Betty” that we started our Pet adoption process through Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Rescue USA.
It didn’t take very long for one to become available that sounded like a perfect match for us. Located in Delware, just a 2hr drive from us. Here is the description that caught my eye!
” Charlie is an absolutely adorable 3.5 year old Tricolor boy whose owner wanted him to have a better life than she could give him under her changed circumstances.
He would like you all to know he is the “whole Cavalier package” – beautiful, friendly, playful, snuggly and very eager to please. He enjoys his toys and Nylabones, but he adores retrieving tennis balls above all else in life and will make a point of bringing one to you and dropping it as if to say, “Well? I’m waiting!!” You will be tired of the game before he is for sure. He can give you a very good “high five” and consistently comes when called. He does have a few, well, very minor mischievous traits — wastebaskets are fair game – and his foster family has learned to push the dining room chairs in close to the table, since if he can get up there, that’s where he will be exploring. A firm “uh-uh” will bring immediate obedience – until the next time! And you have to love being kissed, because Charlie simply has to let you know how much he loves you!”
I made contact with the regional representative informing her that we were interested and crossed my fingers and waited.
Thursday May 12th I received a telephone call from Denise, the Regional Rep and had a telephone interview… she said that I should expect a call from Charlie’s foster parents for a 2nd interview. The telephone rang not 50 mins later…by this time the children are getting very excited!
Diane, a wonderful volunteer foster mother invited us all to go and meet with Charlie as soon as it was convenient for us all… that included Barney of course. This is the most important part of the adoption process!
Well, Monday May 16th was the earliest we could go and after school was out, we loaded in to the car for a Road Trip to DE.
After a successful visit with us all, we immediately fell in love with him. Barney not so much, but he liked him!
Tuesday May17th Charlie arrived HOME, in exactly One Week from filling out the Adoption online… AMAZING.
We are loving having him in our home, as you can imagine the 1st day with the “Boys” was very restless, neither dog would nap and they just followed each other around. 4hrs later they were still cautious of closing an eye. It was as if Barney was making sure that Charlie wasn’t eating when he was sleeping! Charlie was worried that Barney was going to get more kisses!
PICS DAY ONE
Day Two was SO much more relaxing. After a walk around the block and dropping Alannah at the Bus stop, they just took a nap. The wet weather is causing lack of outside playtime, Barney dislikes the wet and refuses to go out with Charlie.
3 walks yesterday and Barney is exhausted! He has been trying to keep up with Charlie, but Charlie alot younger and more agile is running rings around the tubby Westie!
I look at Charlie and wonder who could have ever let such a love go, he is everything that the Rescue Description said and more… he can’t love us enough and he needs to show it.
I am however very thankful they did, otherwise we would not be able to soak up all this love he has for all of us… with there being 5 of us, that’s alot of LOVE! It must have been very hard for them.
Diane and John the wonderful foster parents of Charlie, do a tremendous job in finding little ones like our Charlie a wonderful forever home. Before they had even left my house during there visit to drop off Charlie, they already had another rescue assignment.
I am seriously thinking about volunteering my time to this wonderful organization. Whether it be just to help with Transportation!
Charlie is just ONE in so many Cavaliers that need forever homes…
If you are interested in adding a new pet to your home, please think about Rescue rather than buying a puppy. I know that we all love puppies…but remember they are not puppies very long!
CavalierRescueUSA is where we got Charlie… there are many other BREED Specific Rescues out there.