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All is Well in Dog-Land

April 10, 2019

When I had to move out of my apartment, I could not find a place to live with my dog, Abbie Lynn. She was 60 lbs., she was part pit bull, and she was a feisty little thing. Just the kind of dog landlords are most likely to ban.

She was sure cute, though. Here’s a video of us from when she was little and I was skinnier.

I looked at some absolute dumps as potential homes, just because there was a chance we could live there together. But nothing worked out, and I was at the end of my rope. I was picking up Abbie at her daycare, Send Rover on Over, which was her favorite place on earth – far more than being home with me. I was telling them about striking out in looking for housing.

“Oh, we can take her,” said Shelbi, the manager.

Wait, what?

“We’ll let her stay here as long as it takes to find an excellent home for her. We love her, and this is something we have done for other dogs who were regulars here.”

Tears began pouring from my eyes. I couldn’t believe how ideal this situation was, and how kind the offer.

So that’s what happened. I dropped my dog off one day just like I could for daycare – but this time I left all her toys and bed and meds and a 6-page guide for potential new owners called “The Book of Abbie.”

We didn’t have a long drawn-out goodbye. She raced off to play with her friends, and I left and never returned. I didn’t think it would be fair to keep reappearing and then leaving her.

I did, however, check in via text message, and Send Rover on Over was kind enough to post photos of her on Instagram occasionally. She was always fine.


Bo races to play with Abbie Lynn.

But today there is news. Abbie has been living happily in a new home with a playmate from the daycare, her new brother, Bo. She has a family with kids and a big yard. And my girl is having a good life.

I knew she was happy at daycare, and I didn’t realize how much of a relief this would be. But it is. My crazy little mutt has a new life and a new home. I know I will sleep better tonight.


  1. Kyly permalink
    April 10, 2019 20:44

    Didn’t I tell ya?

    • April 11, 2019 07:25

      I have to worry through everything!

  2. April 10, 2019 21:48

    So happy it worked out. 💛

  3. byjane permalink
    April 10, 2019 22:27

    I’m happy that all’s well….I never understood why you didn’t take her with you on your adventures in the RV.

    • April 11, 2019 07:27

      1. Most RV places ban pit bulls.
      2. I didn’t want to leave her alone while I went out exploring for hours
      3. I worried about the temperatures the RV might get while not plugged into electricity.

  4. April 11, 2019 04:21

    Yeah she’s got a view and can play a little tennis too..

  5. April 11, 2019 05:46

    I get to work at 7:30 AM and have the whole office to myself for almost an hour. It’s a good thing today because I’m standing at my desk crying. I know this was a hard thing for you to do. But, man! Look at Abbie’s new space!

    • April 11, 2019 07:28

      It’s ironic that I can’t afford an apartment in Ventura and my dog has a ball court, but good for her!

  6. April 11, 2019 06:38

    While walking Pablo a couple days ago, I remembered the times we would occasionally run into each other while you were also walking Abbie. I was wondering how you were both doing, knowing you had allowed her daycare to keep her. Thank you for the update. So wonderful that this worked out so well! Kudos to Send Rover on Over!

    • April 11, 2019 07:29

      Yes, Send Rover on over is a true blessing. They took her during the fire too – I dropped her off at midnight and left her for a week. I didn’t even worry because I knew she would be happy there.

  7. Elvie permalink
    April 11, 2019 07:37


    • April 11, 2019 19:24

      Even if she did treat my sister badly…

  8. Patty R-G permalink
    April 11, 2019 13:00

    Wow. Sad and happy right now. You did good 😢😊

    • April 11, 2019 19:24

      I’m overjoyed she is in a good place.

  9. April 13, 2019 17:24

    It sounds as though you have given here an absolute gift, as much as it may have hurt. I hope you can visit her someday, but if you decide not to do that, you happily know that she is thriving. And what a gift from the doggie day care to do that for her.

    I remember when I was a kid, my sweet dog Samantha, who was a 50 lb black lab mix. My mom had a horrible time finding places that would rent to us, and generally we lived in shit holes because of it.

  10. April 15, 2019 09:55

    Oh I’m so happy about Abbie. And a little sad for you because … no goggie.

    “This dog also eats cat poop” is funny all over again.

  11. April 30, 2019 17:09

    Awww, lady, so glad you were able to find a solution that worked for you and your sweet pup! I’m so glad she’s got a solid new home and great new brother dog!

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