Sunday, September 13, 2009

APPLICATION DENIED

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

7 comments:

  1. Seriously? A loving, able family wanted to adopt a dog and you were turned down? I appreciate that these rescue places want to find the pups a good home, but this instance sounds more like they prevented what could have been a wonderful adoption. It's a loss for everyone, including the dog. I'm sorry to hear you're devastated and dogless!

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  2. You must try again!!! You cannot live without a little joy bringer. (Granted, you have kids, so I am sure you are filled with endless joy.) Can you imagine a life without a little Pudge? He misses you and send lots of licks. Well, he doesn't lick. He sends LOTS of sniffs!!!

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  3. Oh WOW!!! That's crazy.... I remember all the hoops we went through to get Izzy, they came to inspect our house for crying out loud! You have to get Danny to come around again. It will teach the boys responsibility, give them a pal for life, etc. etc. I know you, you can come up with some good reasons and change his mind :)

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  4. Girl you dodged one!! You have been saved a TON of work!!!!! You can have my pets if you want them :)

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  5. What I can't figure out after pondering this is, WHY WOULD A RESCUE ORGANIZATION DENY A DOG TO A FAMILY WITH CHILDREN THAT WOULD LOVE, PLAY WITH AND PROVIDE ATTENTION TO A HOMELESS DOG???????

    Come on!!! Guess she's not too concerned with the homeless dogs at the city pound that she could rescue by giving that cutie-patootie to your family. Sorry to have jumped on that bandwagon, but I just can't understand someone in that position pulling something like that.

    Tell the Strongman I said to just give in and give the kids a dog...kids playing with the dog = more time to watch football. That's bad isn't it??? :)

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  6. You are hilarious! I am sorry it didn't work out though. Remember Amelia is your airhart???

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  7. That is so sad. Dogs need kids and kids need dogs! Although I will say sometimes I feel like I don't need anyone else to have to feed and take care of - toddler, dog, cat, and baby on the way! Maybe you can try again when the boys are old enough to "help".

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