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24 Hours With Abbie Lynn

January 12, 2013

My friend Nancy and her daughter Carolyn helped me pick up Abbie Lynn yesterday. Huge animal lovers, both of them. We got to the shelter and it was chaos. The shelter worker brought Abbie Lynn out and then they couldn’t find her paperwork for a couple minutes.

Abbie was insanely happy to have two new friends in Carolyn and Nancy. She can wag. And wag. And wag wag wag. She immediately climbed up on Carolyn’s lap and stood there, then stood on top of the coffee table.

There was a mom with five kids under the age of 10 in the waiting room. They were there to decide on a new pet and the screaming was incredible – jet-engine loud, high-pitched, paint-peeling screaming. They were fighting over who got a cup of water from the dispenser, then one of them spilled water all over the concrete floor.

Meanwhile, several shelter workers came out to say good-bye to Abbie Lynn, one shy skinny tough-looking kid looking sad as he hugged her and she put her front paws around his shoulders.

On the way to the car, she escaped the collar – the one I had gotten was just a leeeetle too big – and gave me a heart attack. Fortunately, she ran over to another shelter dog who was being walked by a volunteer, and we recaptured her and crab-walked her over to the car.

The trip home was uneventful. She stayed in the back, looked curiously out the windows, was quiet. When we got home, she ran into the house like she owned the place. She was delighted by the box of toys and spent some time tossing them up into the air and playing with them.

She ate and drank and went outside to do her business – all very normal, yay for being housetrained.

When I went to bed last night, I dragged the dog bed in beside my bed, but she declined, instead choosing the big red chair. I awoke about 1 a.m. and went to check her. She began wagging as soon as she saw me, then came in and climbed up into bed with me and spent about half an hour nuzzling me, licking my hair and trying to smooch me. Then she slept for the rest of the night.

This morning she did not want to get in the car to go to Grandma’s. I figure she’s freaked out by so much change in such a short period of time – being lost, found, taken to the shelter, fostered, brought back to the shelter, spayed and adopted – so I didn’t blame her.

She charmed my mom by being sweet and smoochy and gentle and curious. I went to the grocery store and she climbed up in Goldie’s old spot on mom’s leather couch, and fell fast asleep.

She seems exhausted. I got her out for a walk down the block and back, but she was timid and scared, not ready to get far from home. When we came back, she leapt to the front door and begged to go in, eager to be in her house again.

She’s been sleeping in the red chair ever since. I climbed up and put my arm around her and she snored contentedly.

Not a bad first day. I’m canceling all other weekend obligations, just spending my time bonding with her. She deserves to be able to relax and feel like she has a forever home.

  1. January 12, 2013 17:32

    Man, poor girl, she so clearly loves being in a home but has always followed that up with being booted out. No wonder she’s afraid every time you leave the house. I’m sure that a couple more days of visiting grandma will go a long way toward soothing that ache. Of course, having had Emily for 13 years and her never getting over being abandoned I wonder if it’ll ever go completely away. So glad you found her and that you guys are spending the weekend snuggling.


  2. January 12, 2013 19:10

    That breaks my heart a little that she didn’t want to get in the car. She’ll probably figure it out pretty quickly, but a little part of her will maybe always be skittish about What Is Going To Happen Now. At the same time, she sounds like she’s OMG SO HAPPY to have a home, which is the best, the absolute best. I’m so happy for you guys.

  3. Gretchen permalink
    January 13, 2013 08:25

    What a sweetie. That chair will never again not have white dog hair on it!

  4. January 13, 2013 11:45

    I just love being able to follow the first days of Abbie Lynn. It’s almost like I’m there.

  5. January 13, 2013 23:00

    Please read this message to Abbie Lynn:
    Many years from now you will have many great memories of your time living with your new mistress. She chose you, you lucky dog, to be a real part of her busy life. You will have such good times together. Take mental notes, and go forward with each day as it blooms in front of you. Protect her, snuggle with her, obey her simple commsnds. And, just think, you get to spend some precious time with her Mom, too! Bruce.

  6. carolyn permalink
    January 14, 2013 09:24

    She’s a beauty. Congratulations. I think you’re a little farther north than I am, but I hope you’ll take a look at the LARPBO facebook page. We are the Los Angeles Responsible Pit Bull Owners and our goal is to have all pitties and mixes trained to be good citizens. I think you might get a kick out of some of our group challenges.

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