|We had put the word out that we had room for some girls, and our faithful facebook friend, Kathy J, didn't let us down. She found 2 girls stranded in a remote shelter in northern California. Transport was going to be a challenge, but the shelter was extremely cooperative and easy to work with, so we gave Kathy the go-ahead. Within 2 days, Kathy had reached out to her contacts and had travel arranged for the girls! She never ceases to amaze us!
UPDATE 5/9: The girls are out of the shelter and on their way to Crossroads in Rialto, over 3 hours away. Lorayne, our first driver, says the bigger one should be Laverne (she's a little crazier), and little one Shirley (a bit calmer). Nothing crazy just excited. Perfect in car. We decided to take Lorayne's suggestion and have named the girls accordingly.
A long, but successful day for Laverne and Shirley. They had the most wonderful ladies to get them on their journey. Thank YOU all so much for taking time out of your lives to help the pups that so need and deserve it! Went off without a hitch. The bigger girl (Laverne) did throw up on leg 3 (sorry, Jess) but she was fine after that (she was the more excitable pup). Rena Loraine Whitson, love you for putting the transport together. (She even bought extra leashes for safety and stayed online all day with us thru transport.) Thank you to Lorayne H, Colleen U J, Jessica H and Cindi C -- they handled two pups and did an amazing job! If you are old enough to remember the "Laverne and Shirley" show and the theme song.... it was "MAKING OUR DREAMS COME TRUE!" And thanks to all involved, including our own facebook angel, Kathy J, we are a step closer to making the girls' dreams of a forever home come true.
UPDATE 5/19: The girls have arrived in Phoenix!
The girls rode quietly in our transport vehicle and were anxious to get back onto solid ground once arriving in Phoenix. They will be given time to settle in, after which we will begin the separation process. Shirley, the younger of the two, is much more reliant upon Laverne than Laverne is on Shirley. Laverne is outgoing and people friendly, but appears to have no training (we will explore that in the coming days as we get to know the girls). We don't know how long the two have been together, but Shirley will definitely mature and learn to reach out once we limit her ability to fall back and allow Laverne to run interference for her.
The girls are spayed, up-to-date on shots and will be microchipped prior to adoption. They will be given the next 2 weeks to rest and recover from their surgeries (done on the 14th and 16th), after which they will be available for introductions.
UPDATE 5/21: The girls are settling in quickly and learning the routine in their temporary foster home with one of our staff members. Laverne is definitely the bolder of the two, while Shirley hangs back and lets Laverne lead the way. We are trying to encourage Shirley by pairing her up with one of our own personal dogs (she did very well), but she's going to need socialization and training to become the dog we know she can be. She's very sweet, just hesitant to venture out on her own ... yet.
Adoption fees to be determined.