Sunday, 3 June 2012

Peanut's Story - Part 2

Part 1 of Peanut's story can be found here.

Our previous experiences in trying to adopt a dog had dampened our initial enthusiasm so we took a couple of weeks to think about what we were going to do next.

I had a day off on my birthday and decided we should go to the RSPCA to have a look.

The RSPCA officer asked us a few questions - are we employed, what hours do we work etc. We told her we were interested in Jess, the Staffy that was featured on their notice board. She told us that because my husband and I had not owned a dog together before (we'd both had dogs before we met) and we had no experience in a bull breed before, we couldn't have her.

She took out a folder containing details of the 25 dogs that are suitable for re-homing and went through each one and then said.. "Ah.. here's one. She might be suitable." Just ONE out of the twenty-five! It was a black labrador. Two year old.. and dumped by her family because it didn't like the baby..(ARGH!!) We met it but she didn't seem keen on us.

The lady then said.. "We have puppies".  That's it..we have to see the puppies! You should have seen my husband's eyes light up!

So in the puppy area, there were lots that were already reserved but there were these three staffies in the pen..wanting to get out for a play. 

I was attracted to a brindled one, and I thought my husband had spotted the same puppy, but when the one he asked to meet was taken out of the was the smallest copper coloured dog with the super tongue! Her name was Medusa - probably because her tongue was like 20 snakes! She also had a very bristly chin which even penetrated thought my jeans! First, she ran the wrong way but then the lady called her back and she saw  all of of us waiting she ran up and the licking commenced :-)

MIL and I were very keen to adopt this puppy but my husband wasn't sure as we would have to house train it. We told the lady that we would think about it and call back should we want to adopt her. We discussed on the way back to the car. Will we be able to train her? Will we be able to deal with the mess before she gets house broken? 

Before we had even got into the car, we had made up our minds. We went back to the RSPCA and said, "Yes, We'll have Medusa please!" The lady at the reception laughed and said that was fast.

A few days later, someone from the RSPCA came to check our house and said every thing should be fine and said someone will call us back and we can arrange for a time to collect Medusa. In the mean time, I was busy reading Cesar Milan's book - How to Raise the Perfect Dog!

On April 14th, we went to collect Medusa who shall now be known as Peanut Butter! I will always remember this day. 

We took her out of the RSPCA, a big truck went past us and she hid behind our legs. Awww! We got her into the car and she was shaking! She hated the car. She sat on my lap and was on her way to her forever home!
Peanut Butter's First Day at Home

She's dog tired...


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  2. Hi Paws Pet Foundation!
    Thanks for your comments.
    Yes please! If you could publish this that would be great!
    Anything to help the dogs!

  3. Peanut Butter's a very cute staff indeed! I've got 2 staffs named, Cardnal and Rocket! Cardnal is a SBT and Rocket is a SBT X Amstaff. Cadnal is black and Rocket is brindle. I hate it when people say staffies are dangerous dogs, they're not! Any dog can be dangerous. Just because they were bred for fighting doesn't mean they're dangerous it's how they're raised! If you raise it right you'll see how friendly these dogs can be! Peanut Butter is so cute! Smiley face! :)

  4. Hi Rocket Roos Roos! Many thanks for your comment!
    It can be really frustrating sometimes isn't it?
    Peanut Butter has managed to change the mind of some people who thinks they are dangerous with her staffy smile and affection! :) One step at a time.

  5. Do you think staffies are the worlds friendliest dog breed? Cause' I do! Ps: I'll send you a picture of my two staffs if you want! See ya! :)