Sure, you see those ads for eHarmony and Match.com all the time. I even know real life couples who met online and are happily married, but I never thought I'd make a love connection on the 'net.
And yet, I'm here to confess I found a true love on the internet. Since it's our anniversary today, I thought I'd share our story.
A long time ago we adopted our sweet girl, TASHA from a local animal shelter when she was about a year old. She was stubborn, physically strong and loved to run away....like on the morning of my sister's wedding when I had better things to do than go traipsing through the woods to catch her. But we loved her.
One day, when she was eleven, she suddenly fell ill. When I took her to the vet, I asked about the possibility of getting another dog to help keep Tasha young. Sadly, Tasha passed away the same day she got sick. :-(
But my vet and his wife had already decided they had the perfect dog for us....so TEDDY came into our lives.
He was four years old, only "spoke" Korean, and didn't respond to his name (Indy, at the time). He wasn't the friendliest of dogs (except with me). I found out a year later that he'd rejected everyone else the vet tried to get to adopt him. Eventually he warmed up to almost everyone....almost....
Teddy ruled the roost for five years.
But I really missed having a big dog and Long Suffering was kind enough to indulge me, so I began a search for another dog, hopefully one who could accompany me on my walks and runs. (I do half marathons so they're not your usual walk around the block.)
I scoured Petfinder.com for months. We visited the shelter we'd adopted Tasha from. We visited the local rescue organization. I drove Long Suffering nuts. I studied Petfinder.com some more.
And then I saw her and it was love at first sight.
So we filled out an application with Eleventh Hour Rescue to see about adopting her. On August 25th, 2011 our application was approved, but we had to wait to see her.
She wasn't in New Jersey. She was in Tennessee.
So we waited. We took Teddy to meet other dogs Eleventh Hour had available for adoption. None were a fit for us. (I did mention he's not the friendliest of fellows, didn't I?)
So we waited.
And we took Teddy to meet other dogs at the local animal shelter, but found no one who fit with our family. (i.e. no one who could get along with Teddy)
Meanwhile, Teresa was spayed in TN and had to recover before volunteers would drive her all the way to NJ.
Finally, on September 9th, we got an email asking if we were still interested in meeting her because she was being brought up to Jersey the next day. We made an appointment to see her at 4:30 the next afternoon.
The poor girl was pretty tired when we met her, having been in a car all night, and only having arrived at the rescue organization that morning. She was dirty, mangy, stumbled a lot (Long Suffering was convinced she had something neurologically wrong and would die) and skittish, but we fell in love with her anyway.
Even Teddy didn't seem to hate her and when he growled or barked at her, she would just wag her tail and move away from him, as though she knew that he weighs seven pounds and she weighs close to seventy.
We brought her home that night and named her PHOEBE. Slowly, but surely, she settled in. She's healthy now. All the discoloration in her coat disappeared once she had a couple of vet visits, a steady, healthy diet, regular exercise and brushing. She's no longer nervous (except during thunderstorms) and she enjoys her walks and runs without stumbling.
She and Teddy still aren't best pals, but he rarely growls at her any more and when he steals food meant for her, she still just wags her tail and moves away from him.
They've even become couch buddies.
Today is the one year anniversary of Phoebe joining our family.
So that's our love connection made via the internet. How did you find your four-legged family members?