I knew I wanted a baby puppy; I prayed, asked for prayer, then looked and looked for one. I had my heart set on a dog that would be a sweet angel, that would be a blessing to all who knew her. I knew for sure that a goldendoodle would be just that, and if not a doodle then maybe a wire haired hound. Pricing those spectacular pups changed my mind. $1,000 or more for a puppy shocked my system. If I spent $1,000 or more on a dog I could never relax. With Don’s whole hearted agreeance, I decided on a pound puppy.
I searched the Burlington Animal online animal shelter every day or maybe even lots of times each day. Till finally the day came when I found a litter of baby puppies available for adoption. Lab mix brindles. How cute!
That very morning I put the pet carrier in the car and went to the shelter.
Although it was horribly loud in the kennel because of the the dogs barking echoing off the concrete walls and floors, I found the Burlington Shelter nicely kept; the people are friendly, it’s clean and they seem to take good care of the animals.
I was allowed to go inside the cage of the puppies, it was pretty long, maybe 10 feet, divided by a concrete step to make two sections. Their raised bed was on the on the other end of the cement floored kennel. All the puppies came over to meet me, the visitor; I chatted with them for a few minutes, gradually, all but one lost interest. One stayed behind, sitting quietly right by my feet. I left the cage for a minute, on returning all the puppies came to greet me and again, they all lost interest but the one little girl, she parked herself at my feet. Her shelter name was Candy. (Sounds sweet)
I took Candy outside to get to know her better. We visited for a bit, she stayed close by me, even laid her head on my chest. Here is a picture of Candy and I getting to know one another. You can tell I might be already smitten.
I sent pics and a video to the family and heard back from Benjamin and Elisa, I gladly received a – go ahead.
I paid the shelter (minimal charges, great deal) then put her in her animal carrier.
With a happy song in my heart, Joy and I left her past behind and drove to her new life.
First stop, pet shop. Got puppy shampoo.
Next stop, took her by Elisa’s work and got a second sight approval.
Then came Peter, he was holding out for further investigation.
Lastly, but most importantly, Joy was approved by Don.
She is now part of our happy nest.
Joy, about 6 weeks old
You will make known to me the path of life; In Your presence is fullness of joy;
In Your right hand there are pleasures forever.