Pebbles made an observation about three minutes after we closed the minivan doors and headed for home with two strange dogs, crated behind her seat. “Our family has four girls and two boys.”
Everyone, meet Sadie (female, 2.5 yrs) and Dub (male, 4.5 years)!
The hand off was smooth, if perhaps a little nerve-wracking. We met the current owners, W&K, at a public park in Roanoke (which was lovely, by the way) and everyone was a little tense. The dogs were hot and wild with all the attention. Current owners were experiencing a mix of stress, sadness, and relief to meet us. (They didn’t want to give their gorgeous dogs away, but made the decision to do so because of a pending move to a condo in Boston.) DH and I were bickering, the way we do when we get stressed. Pebbles and Bam-Bam watched with wide eyes from a distance, inside the shade of the van.
I think my email to W&K the next morning sums it up:
We made it! Sadie and Dub were excellent travelers and, surprisingly, so were our children!
We’ve been home for a few hours now, and have taken the dogs for a good walk and played in the yard. We’ll crate them for a few nights until they are more at ease. They have been very sweet. And Dub is such a good boy!! We worked with him solo and were impressed. Sadie is a doll. And she was pretty good on leash; we even let our 5 year old walk her for about two blocks! Somewhat comical, but it worked out.
Do feel free to contact us anytime, and I’m sure we’ll be in touch with questions. It was great to meet you and your family. Thank you again for driving halfway and, of course, for trusting us with the dogs. We promise to take great care of them.