Susie in our bathroom (Photo credit: Jen Bush)
Many of you know the story of our puppy, Pippa. Short version: Jen was driving home one night from her class in New Richmond and she saw a small dog walking along the highway. She stopped and found that the dog was friendly and so she took the dog in her car to the nearest farm to return the dog to safety. Jen discovered that the dog, Susie, a 2 year-old Corgi, had recently birthed a litter of 7 puppies, and was probably taking herself for a little walk to get a break. The family was obviously overwhelmed. This was Susie’s second litter of puppies, having mated with the family’s male black lab both times. Jen was offered her pick of the litter for returning the mama. At the time we were not looking for a puppy, instead we had been thinking about adopting a rescued adult dog. But since the pups were newborn, we had some time to think about it. After a while we realized that they were going to have a hard time re-homing that many puppies; and we accepted that one of these puppies could be the rescue dog we had been looking for. So when the family had weaned the pups, Jen and I visited and brought home the female runt, who became our Pip.
A couple weeks ago I was driving home from delivering the Holiday Baskets, when I saw Susie out on the highway again. I stopped and brought her back home. In my conversation with the teenage son, I learned that they still had one pup left. That week chance encounters helped us find a home for Pip’s sib, a stout little male pup, who was christened Kip. Then last week, Jen got a phone call. It turns out that they decided that they could not keep Susie, and they thought of sending her to us. Jen went right away, having bonded with Susie when she first interacted with her. When Jen got there, the situation was clear. Going into the cold part of winter Susie was outside, because the lab was inside, and they did not want anymore puppies. And she was going into heat. She needed a warm place away from male dogs, and ultimately a place where she could be spayed and live inside with a family.
We are not that place, although it has been fun having a little pack of dogs with us now when we go for walks. Susie is sweet, quiet, and loving. She is active and playful, but also has the mellow nature of an adult dog (contrasted to our puppy Pippin!). She knows how to walk on a leash and is potty trained. She is essentially a perfect dog in need of a home. Let us know if you are interested in adopting her.
We are hoping that now that the source of the puppies is in our possession that there will be no more pleas from us to consider adopting a puppy. We are not intentionally running a rescue. Really.