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07 September 2010 @ 02:40 pm
An Emotional Reunion  
As many of you know, I adopted Dudley (Dill) and Baily (Bayleaf) a few weeks ago, and their former family and us decided to keep it as an open adoption. This was a very traumatic decision for their former family, because they truly, truly loved the dogs and to give them up was very difficult. Their daughter is highly allergic and was developing glaucoma while taking her allergy medications. So the family had to decide between their daughter's health or their dogs remaining in their house, an awful and painful decision. In any event, they called us practically every night about the dogs and I frequently sent them pictures of the dogs to keep them informed.

The family asked whether they could come and visit the dogs during the Labor day weekend. Although I felt that it was a bit early, I decided to go ahead with the visit, anyway. One of my biggest fears was that the dogs would be very upset and want to go back home with them. And, since they were not going to be able to go back home with them, I feared that Bailey, who, by being the oldest had the more difficult time adjusting to her new surroundings, would stop eating again, as she did the first week she moved in with us.

When the visit finally happened, I couldn't be more surprised.The former family approached the house, rang our door bell, and the dogs ran up from the basement to the front door. Both dogs attacked the former she-slave with slobbery kisses and basset whining. (Bassets whine a lot. They whine when they're sad, when they are hurt, and when they are happy to see you after they thought they'd never see you.) The former she-slave cried a lot, too. She was an emotional mess. I realized then and there, that, if I had any doubt whether this was a difficult ordeal for her (giving up her dogs), I should not be doubting any more. Her sobbing tears said it all. Her heart was breaking in seeing her dogs again. They stayed for about an hour, and while visiting told us that they were so happy to see that the dogs were doing well. Seeing them again was therapeutic and they intend to visit more. We decided to go out and eat lunch together. Hubby and the family left the house first. I left the house later. I don't know how these dogs know that they now live with us, but they do. They didn't cry after their family. They took the fact that the former family left them as par for the course. Dudley and Bailey are at home with us. This is their home, and somehow they know it. Even the former family was at ease that the dogs didn't clamor after them.

At dinner time, Bailey ate her food.After all, Spiceland is her home!



Carrie and Dudley

~Lirpa~: Spotkatje0711 on September 7th, 2010 07:57 pm (UTC)
Sweet pics!
juliahendersonjuliahenderson on September 8th, 2010 12:02 am (UTC)
Dogs definitely understand a lot more than we give them credit for, they know they're home. :-)
I'm glad the parent/new parent reunion went well, those always make me cry.
Beautiful bassets, they're lucky to have you!
Any further questions? Ask the shrimp!txvoodoo on September 8th, 2010 12:09 am (UTC)
They've become part of your pack! They recognize former pack members, but feel safe, secure and loved.

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