We have been talking about getting a dog for a while, but just in the new year decided to start actively looking for one from a rescue company. It turns out that the rescue companies are all very hard to get a hold of! I get that they are all run by volunteers and don't have a lot of resources, but we sent (long!) applications to multiple places and didn't get much back from them. It was a bit discouraging! Then, we went in person to the SPCA. Did you know that the one in Surrey doesn't actually have dogs there?! Nor did we! They sent us to the Surrey Animal Resource Centre, where we ended up meeting Mr. Chucho there.
Now, we had thought we wanted a small to medium size dog that shed minimally. We basically figured an Odie look alike would be perfect!
|Odie - from the photos taken by my cousin Gina to put into a book for my mom for Christmas. They are awesome pictures!! (and Odie is pretty darn cute)|
Charming came right up to the door of his kennel and shoved his whole body as much as he could against it so we could pet him. Then he'd switch sides. This went on for quite some time; he clearly was so lovely and just wanted to be petted!!
After doing this for a while, we were sold! We took him out to the yard for a bit, played, and the girls told us more about him. We then filled out a form and were approved to adopt "Charming!" (the shelter had named him) He had been picked up in South Surrey about two weeks ago wandering the streets. They think he is about 2 or 3 years old, and is a cattle breed cross with maybe some German shepherd. They scheduled an appointment for him to get neutered the next day, and then we could pick him up the following Wednesday! (which we did, and we also went to visit him on Tuesday night at the shelter)
|In the car right before leaving the shelter to go home|
|Chucho with his "grandma & grandpa" - hahaha :)|
|Chucho & Uncle Pants (Pants is getting some kisses here)|
It is amazing how easily it is to fall in love with a dog once you meet it in person. This is how we ended up with a 55 pound shedding dog! (definitely not an Odie duplicate)
|This is where he sleeps at night. We clearly underestimated his size and need to get him a bigger bed!!|
|Neighbourhood watch. Although, we have only heard him bark a handful of times.|