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  • July 27th, 2008 | 9:38 PM
Meet Cassie

I've spent most of the week looking on Petfinder, at the animal shelters and at the various rescue groups. Once we eliminated breeds that didn't speak to us we really didn't have a lot of choices. We knew in our hearts we both wanted a German Shepherd. We've both had and loved Shepherds before and missed having one around. Once we agreed on that it I basically parked myself at the local Geman Shepherd rescue website and studied the profiles of the animals they had available. 

Cassie caught my heart right away. Saturday they had their adoption fair so we went down to visit the 7 or 8 dogs they had there. I'm so glad we were one of the first ones to arrive because otherwise we might not have been able to adopt this little sweetheart. While we were at the adoption fair the workers were home installed a new gate and front fence so we could pass the home visit.  Sunday morning we picked her up and brought her home.

 

If you're not familiar with breed rescue groups they take in owner surrenders but they also go to the pound and rescue dogs from there and try to place them with people who love that breed. Cassie was found at the pound about a month ago. Her owners surrendered her saying she didn't get along with other dogs and she made too much noise. (They also gave her the inappropriate name of Patton. We think she was just left in the backyard alone.) Her foster mom had her with several other dogs and a caged Macaw and said she was just fine. Hmmmm. 

She does like to talk but we think it's when she is trying to tell us something (Take me outside. Let me sit in your lap. I feel the overwhelming need to kiss you right this very second.)

 

Her foster mommy said she loved squeaky toys so we made sure she had several. She loves to try and pull the nubs off of this. She also loves the tennis ball except when it rolls under the chair. Then she waits for someone to get it out for her.

 

She's about 7 months old. We took her over to meet my brother-in-law's Shepherd who is 3 and Cassie is already as tall as she is. We figure she should get to be about 75 pounds or so. She is amazingly gentle for still being a pup and walked very well on the leash. She's already learning some of the basic commands and goes to the door to ask to go outside. It's going to be hard to leave her at home when I have to go to work in the morning.

 

Now all we need to do is find her a buddy. :)
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d_michiko_f
July 28th, 2008 05:23 am (UTC)
OMG! I'm in love with Cassie! Congratulations! xoxo
susanwrites
July 28th, 2008 01:47 pm (UTC)
Thanks. She is such a lover. I'm sorry you didn't get to meet Chelsie but Cassie for sure. And we'll be visiting Books Inc a lot together since they allow dogs!
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robinbridges
July 28th, 2008 06:55 am (UTC)
She is beautiful!
susanwrites
July 28th, 2008 01:47 pm (UTC)
Thank you! We are already utterly in love.
azang
July 28th, 2008 07:01 am (UTC)
Congrats! She is gorgeous and looks very happy.
susanwrites
July 28th, 2008 01:48 pm (UTC)
Thanks. She is well on her way to being quite spoiled. :-) Hopefully we can find her a playmate soon.
lisayee
July 28th, 2008 07:16 am (UTC)
She looks so sweet!
susanwrites
July 28th, 2008 01:55 pm (UTC)
She is!
writerross
July 28th, 2008 10:38 am (UTC)
Those eyes. Those eyes.
She is looking into the camera
as if she knows
you are capturing her
on film and
she so wants to be loved
and to give love

Thank you for bringing her home, Susan.
May every second of your days together bring you joy!

-Pamela, who can only imagine what your heart is feeling right now... {{{}}}
susanwrites
July 28th, 2008 01:56 pm (UTC)
Thanks, Pamela. You would SO love Cassie and Cassie would love you. She wasn't given much love before now and she just can't get enough of it. It was wonderful to watch her play with my brother-in-law's dog, running free then running back to make sure we were still there.

I'm going to be completely goofy about her for some time, I am sure.
christinenorris
July 28th, 2008 11:05 am (UTC)
She's adorable! What a face!

We haven't been able to bring ourselves to think about a new dog yet. Thinking next year. I'm glad you found yours!
susanwrites
July 28th, 2008 01:57 pm (UTC)
Thank you. It's hard, isn't it, to think of bringing home a new dog? I think we were ready right away because for the last couple of years our last dog had pulled away from us. So we were caretaking for an elderly family member that we loved but that didn't want to be with us.

You'll know when and if the time is right for you.
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susanwrites
July 28th, 2008 01:58 pm (UTC)
Thanks, Laura! How goes it around your house with your new dog?
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barboconnor
July 28th, 2008 11:39 am (UTC)
She's fantastic! How lucky you were to find her - and vice versa.
susanwrites
July 28th, 2008 01:59 pm (UTC)
Thanks, Barb. She is such a lover, making up for all that time she didn't get it. I was amazed at how great she did last night sleeping in our room.

And it looks like the rescue group has several more waiting so we might find her a buddy sooner than we had expected. :-) Such fun.
jeannineatkins
July 28th, 2008 11:50 am (UTC)
What great news! Lucky Cassie! And lucky you. Sometimes things work out right!
susanwrites
July 28th, 2008 02:00 pm (UTC)
Thank you. And yes, sometimes it all falls into place.
akamarykate
July 28th, 2008 12:21 pm (UTC)
That first picture...she takes my breath away, Susan. What a *soul*. Congratulations!
rowanda380
July 28th, 2008 12:48 pm (UTC)
random commenter
awww, congratulations on your adorable new family memeber!!
susanwrites
July 28th, 2008 02:00 pm (UTC)
Re: random commenter
Thank you!
halfmoon_mollie
July 28th, 2008 12:49 pm (UTC)
how absolutely beautiful she is. No coincidence, I think, that she needed you at a time when you needed her.

susanwrites
July 28th, 2008 02:01 pm (UTC)
Isn't it wonderful the way life sometimes works out like that? She came along, just when I needed her most. I spent all day Sunday just walking her or sitting on the floor loving her. My heart is full.
lkmadigan
July 28th, 2008 01:04 pm (UTC)
Yay!!!

What a sweetie.

Have fun with her.
susanwrites
July 28th, 2008 02:03 pm (UTC)
Thanks, we will! Of course I will have to give up other things, like cleaning house, just to have more time with her. :)
marybethkelsey
July 28th, 2008 01:07 pm (UTC)
Woof, woof! What a face. I hope she brings you years and years of doggie joy. :)
susanwrites
July 28th, 2008 02:03 pm (UTC)
Me too! Thanks.
melissawyatt
July 28th, 2008 01:23 pm (UTC)
She is gorgeous! What a look she has. She was waiting for someone to love. Lucky Cassie!
susanwrites
July 28th, 2008 02:02 pm (UTC)
Thanks. She's a looker and a lover both.
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