I'm sorry to report that our Circus Spectacular FAILED the interview at Houston Shaggy Dog Rescue. F-A-I-L-E-D.
It took me MONTHS to talk The Strong Man into getting a dog. Then it took MONTHS to locate a dog that met his specifications on Petfinder.com. (His SPECS include: house trained, low-shedding & low-maintenance coat, doesn't bark and is no more than 30 lbs. You know, something straight out of Hitler's regime.)
I locate such dog. I fill out the online application. I buy Barnum and Bailey each a squeaky toy to play and interact with the puppy on "Visitation Day." The Strong Man takes off of work and we drive an hour to the Rescue to meet said dog.
I am by no means naive to the fact that I am the mother of two young boys. YOUNG BOYS=LIVELINESS, MISCHIEVOUSNESS, ROUGHNESS. However!!!!, Barnum and Bailey were on their BEST behavior!!! Calm, somewhat reserved and totally uncharacteristic.
The owner of Houston Shaggy Dog Rescue had previously stated to me that the particular dog we were interested in was on "HOLD" as a lady was flying in from Chicago to look at him. "Fine," I said. "Just contact me afterwards to let me know."
Never heard, never heard so I send an email. Her reply, " She did indeed chose the other dog, however, blah blah blah two young boys are too lively, blah blah blah I think such and such dog would be better for you."
My reply, "If it is okay with you, we would really like to try said dog. He is the one that fits the criteria that we are looking for, he got along well with the children and he is the one that lead us to your rescue. Of course, his needs are very important to us and if at any time the boys prove to be too much we will bring him back immediately."
NO RESPONSE. Houston Shaggy Dog Rescue was never to be heard from again. Our application, DENIED. FAILED.
I have since then located 1 other precious angel from Basset Buddies Rescue of Houston. (Who have proven to be a delight!) Unfortunately, The Strong Man is off of the bandwagon. NO MORE DOGS. WE TRIED IT. IT DIDN'T WORK OUT. IT's OVER.
Devastated and Dogless,
The Bearded Lady