Friday, June 4, 2010

I'm A Mom Again!

Well, in a way.  After all, very few grandmothers actually become mothers again.  But, we have a adopted a sweet little Maltese named CiCi and have just gotten her home today.  Bless her little heart, she was found wandering down a very busy highway and even after repeated advertising, she wasn't claimed.

The rescue agency where I try to help with pet portraits for fund raising was the rescue who took her in and it's estimated that she's about 4 to 5 years old.  It's assumed that she was a back-yard breeders bitch who was no longer producing and was turned out to fend for herself.  They don't think she was from a puppy mill  as she does have some social skills.  However, all of her teeth had to be pulled as they were all either loose or almost rotted away and she was a little timid at first.

Fortunately for us, she's not a rambunctious little ankle-biter but is very laid back and calm - exactly what we need in our household.

I know, I know - I said we weren't going to get any more animals but she needed us and, well, we needed her even more.

The decision to adopt another dog came about when my husband took a trip to Florida to see his mother and attend his niece's wedding.  These were plans that were made before I lost my beloved Bonnie.  I hadn't planned to go since I thought I'd be needed to stay here to take care of Bon.  Bonnie died just a few days before my DH left so I had no time to prepare to go with him.

During the time he was away, I got really lonesome - lonesome to the point where I "borrowed" a wonderful Golden Retriever from a friend for a night!  When my husband came home, he was full of stories about playing with his niece's dog and stated that we really needed to get another one.  I had to agree!

But, since our last dog weighed over 70 pounds and sometimes got so arthritic that we had to carry him outside to use the bathroom, we decided that a small dog was in order this time.  My friend who lent me her Golden put the word out on her rescue grapevine and it wasn't half an hour after sending her email that possibilities began to arrive in her email!

Little CiCi was the first picture to arrive and I fell in love.  My DH was wary but when we actually met her, he was more entranced with her than I was!  But, that's a story for another day as this is getting too long as it is!

I'll keep you updated on how CiCi is doing and the incredible changes in my husband because of her!

8 comments: said...

she looks adorable, so fortunate that you have found each other, :-)

Christine said...

How wonderful that you've got CiCi home now! You are both blessed to have each other. I love a good ending to a sad story. :)

Anonymous said...

Awwww she is so sweet Jan and I am sure you will have lots of happy times with her.

"JeanneG" said...

Great to see you have another baby to keep you both company and to keep you busy. I don't know how I would have managed this past two months without my two.

Dors said...

What a lovely story Jan. Once you have had a pet... life is so empty without them.
CiCi will be so happy and so will you and your DH.
Isn't love just wonderful. xx

sue said...

I'm just playing 'catch up' Jan and was so pleased to read this post. I'm sure Cici will be great company for you - she is one very lucky dog. How sad about her teeth - do you have to feed her pureed food?

Jan said...

Thanks so much for you well wishes and comments. CiCi has already made a difference in our lives!

Teresa said...

Oh, Jan... good for you and the hubby! Cici is just adorable! That sweet little expression... I can see why you couldn't resist her. I'm sure we'll be seeing some portraits of Cici soon? :-)