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The Abbie Lynn Backstory

January 9, 2013

Yes, there it is folks. I have a new dog. Almost.

Sit right down and you’ll hear a tale…a tale of a fateful trip.

There’s a local dog rescue organization that I have donated to, CARL (Canine Adoption and Rescue League). They just built a no-kill shelter out in Santa Paula, about 15 miles from here.

On CARL’s website, they showed a dog that needed a foster home. A dog named Magic. A dog that was a big blonde half-greyhound, half lab. A dog that looked like this.

Goldie’s twin. I had to go take a look. Couldn’t hurt, right?

So I googled the shelter and got 2 results, one for a CARL pet care center, which seemed to be a boarding and grooming place out in the countryside, and a no-kill shelter near downtown Santa Paula. It made sense that the actual adoption place would be near downtown, I thought, so I went there and looked at dogs.

Magic was not there. About 20 of the 25 dogs were massive pit bulls.

I asked “Is this the CARL shelter?” and no, it was not. It was a different no-kill shelter. But that didn’t make any difference, because by then I had fallen for a sweet little wiggly pooch named Abbie Lynn.

She was found wandering the streets and taken in by a kind man. The man had medical issues that sent him to a nursing facility, so he brought her to the shelter. A family tried to foster her, but they have chickens, and apparently little Miss Abbie Lynn is a chicken-chasing dog.

So that’s all we know about this girl. She’s a mutt. They say Staffordshire/Cattle Dog mix, which looks about right. She weighs about 35 pounds now but isn’t done growing – she still has some baggy puppy skin. She just finished her first estrus, which is why she’s still at the shelter, not here in my neighborhood with roving, off-leash, intact male dogs. NO PUPPIES FOR ME.

She will get spayed today and come home Friday, full of wiggles and kisses. I have met her three times and have been charmed by her each time – she’s the kind of dog who starts wagging furiously as soon as she sees you. She’s completely different than Goldie, which is probably a very good thing.

She’s curious and totally ADD and will flop down any second for a belly rub. She needs some training, but don’t we all? I think she’ll be a great little dog.

Stand by for Adventures in Dog Walking.


Me and Abbie Lynn

Sue and Abbie Lynn

  1. January 9, 2013 07:08

    You’ve got experience with the prey drive, she needs you! And she’s so cute. I can’t wait to get to know her.

    • January 9, 2013 07:45

      Yes, Goldie had the prey drive in spades. Even when she could barely walk anymore, she still loved to hunt.

  2. January 9, 2013 07:21

    Congratulations to both of you!

  3. January 9, 2013 07:21

    She has such a sweet face! Congratulations!

    • January 9, 2013 07:46

      She does. You can’t see in most of the pics, but she has a cute brown spot over one eye.

  4. January 9, 2013 07:37

    Aww, she’s gorgeous. And your smile is contagious, lady. 🙂 Congratulations to you and Abbie!

    • January 9, 2013 07:47

      She’s cute. I never thought I’d get a white dog – especially considering how much black I wear – but life had different plans.

  5. January 9, 2013 07:57

    I am very very happy for you. She looks like a beautiful animal. I hope she brings you as much joy as Abbott has brought me. But may she come with less puddles on the floor. Oy.

    • January 9, 2013 08:16

      They claim she’s housebroken. But you know how that goes. I have my own floor and carpet steamer, just in case.

  6. January 9, 2013 10:08

    Reading the backstory, I immediately thought of a Yiddish word: bischert. It means “meant to be” as in God-ordained and is typically used when referring to a human couple. You and Abbie were bischert.

    • January 9, 2013 11:02

      I hope so. She is a doll. Check back with me after she eats my socks.

  7. January 9, 2013 13:33

    I can’t wait! She is adorable, all wiggles and wags and puppy-kisses. This? THIS is gonna be good for the both of you.

    • January 9, 2013 14:29

      I think so. She’s gonna keep me very busy for a while. Goldie was such a quiet old lady, sleeping 23 hours a day, and Abbie Lynn is practically a pup.

  8. January 9, 2013 14:40

    She’s adorable!! She is definitely going to keep you on your toys. I think you made a great decision to get a dog who is very different from Goldie. I think part of the reason I still haven’t been able to get another dog after Leo is my inability to think about getting a dog that is like-Leo-but-not-Leo, you know? Going completely different is smart. Plus, you’re going to have such a great time with a Staffie mix pup! Can’t wait to see the beach pictures! 🙂

  9. avengingophelia permalink
    January 9, 2013 14:41

    WordPress ate my original comment…

    Anyway, I just said congratulations and she’s gorgeous. I think you’ll have a great time with a Staffie mix pup!

  10. January 9, 2013 14:46

    I’ve been feeling your pain over the loss of Goldie, and it looks as though a cloud has lifted. A happy dog is a dog whose tail looks blurred in photos! 🙂 Congratulations and I wish you a long and happy life together, hopefully free of puddles and with no socks harmed in the process!

    • January 10, 2013 10:54

      I’m supposed to keep her quiet for 10-14 days after her spay. I just do not see this happening.

  11. Bruce S. Swasey permalink
    January 9, 2013 19:05

    Gosh, Sue, do you know you are savijg the world one dog at a time? There’s something special about you that cute canines catch onto constantly. Could it be your smashingly caring ways which attract animals and humans alike? Last night C.C. told me you had a new pet – a pretty poochie – in your life. You are such a neat, loving person. I am happy for you and think Abby Lynn is one fortunate playmate.. Bruce.

    • January 10, 2013 10:56

      Thanks, Bruce. If I could save all the dogs, I would! There are about 4 others at the shelter that I would love to bring home.

  12. January 9, 2013 22:20

    Just, yay!

  13. mar permalink
    January 10, 2013 05:37

    She is super-cute and you look super-happy. Best wishes to you both! It’s hard to resist that much adorableness. Can’t wait for more adventures

    • January 10, 2013 10:55

      Wait til you see her whole face. Brown eye patch. So darn adorable. I can’t wait to take some hikes.

  14. January 10, 2013 07:39

    “A happy dog is a dog whose tail looks blurred in photos! ” as croixblanches said!!!

    She looks like a sweetie! I love the brown spot on her rump! Happy happy you!

    • January 10, 2013 10:55

      Maybe someday she and Jack can meet.

  15. January 10, 2013 12:50

    I love this so much. All of it.

  16. January 10, 2013 12:53

    What a lucky day for you both!

  17. January 10, 2013 20:09

    I’m so happy for you! And I’m happy for Abbie Lynn, too; she’s lucky to have you.

  18. January 11, 2013 06:14

    Happy to hear you’ve found a new love. I, too, adore the spots. She seems to have a happy spirit and is so very lucky to have found such a good home. I was gone ten hours yesterday, so when my pups saw me last night they were excited. Just couldn’t show me enough love. After a sucky day it was fantastic- they were cracking me up. Everybody should get a greeting like that. I hope all your days with Abbie are the same!

  19. January 11, 2013 14:09

    She’s gorgeous. I can’t wait to see the Adventures of Suebob and Abbie Lynn

  20. February 6, 2013 11:17

    “The Abbie Lynn Backstory Suebob’s Awesome Brain” was indeed a terrific post, can’t help but wait to browse alot more of ur blogs. Time to waste several time on-line lol. Thanks for your time ,Elvira

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