Anna’s Special Visitors

As I briefly mentioned when I was catching you all up from my blog hiatus, we got an application for Anna! After three long months of crickets, we seemed to have hit the jackpot. The applicants had an American Staffordshire Terrier for 10 years before they lost her to cancer. They have no other pets, no children, a fenced in yard, and didn’t seem initially deterred by Anna’s ‘issues.’ So, after the rescue approved them during a home visit, we set up a meet and greet for Anna.
anna_1Saturday was the day. We had cleaned the house, cleaned the dog, and sent Nola to hang out with her BFF Payson for the morning. I think Anna could feel how important this day was to all of us. But I am not going to lie, I was nervous. I tried not to get my hopes up too much, Anna can be a handful and I was nervous once they saw her get overly excited in person they would change their minds.
anna_5When they arrived we discussed everything we could think of that they would need to know about Anna. We didn’t want to scare them, but we felt like we owed it to Anna to be honest. Is she very reactive on leash? Yes. Does she have a bit of separation anxiety? Yes. Does she know her name, or have any recall at all? No. Does she like to jump fences? Yes. Did they seem deterred by any of this? Not at all. And how could they, because Anna was her usual love bug self. At one point she sat on the gentleman’s feet and laid on her back for a belly rub. How can you not fall in love with her? You can’t.
anna_4It was hard not to like the applicants too. They showed us their photo album of their dog Indy. She and Anna look very similar. There were photos of her hiking with them, snuggling and all around being happy dog. It was hard not to smile. Not to be out done, the Mr. then showed them our album of Nola and we traded stories of the joys of raising a puppy. Then they said the one thing I can’t get out of my mind. They had lost their dog just this past October and they said although it may seem quick to adopt another, their house just doesn’t feel like a home without a dog. Bring on the goosebumps!
anna_2So an hour and a walk around the block with Anna later, we answered any last minute questions. We traded phone numbers and said we would be in touch with the rescue to finalize everything. I got a call from the adoption coordinator about a half hour later telling me they had sent her a text right away saying they definitely wanted to adopt Anna. We chatted about how great it went and then I left it in the hands of the rescue to officially approve them.
anna_3And they did. Anna is officially, 100% adopted!

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17 thoughts on “Anna’s Special Visitors

  1. AHHHHHHHHH!!!! You had me thinking that they weren’t going to adopt her until the very end!

    This is such amazing news! Way to go Anna! I hope we get to hear some updates on her progress in the future =)

  2. Yay for Anna! It’s always a little scary telling potential adopters about things a foster needs to work on, but the right owners aren’t deterred by a few quirks. I love seeing dog blog fosters’ adoption stories. It’s the a rewarding and heartbreaking part of fostering all at once.

  3. Congratulations! Your love and hard work paid off. She’s a beautiful girl and who among us doesn’t have a few issues ;o) Anna was very lucky to spend her time with you and I’m so happy she will be home for the holidays. Hip, hip, hooray! Have a very happy holiday. I enjoyed meeting both of you and hope to see you again in the future.

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