March 5, 2013

Our Newest Addition

Meet Rylee!  
If you follow me on instagram then you already know we adopted a new doggy. I couldn't hold back the temptation to show off those sweet puppy eyes...  Don't let them fool you though.

When we went to visit Rylee, we actually thought we would be able to go and meet her then leave and "think on it."  Yeah right.  Who ever does that?  Meeting a sweet dog in a shelter is an emotional experience and we saw Rylee's need for a home.  She was sick and had a terribly helpless look on her face.  It wasn't until later that night that we realized how sick Rylee really was.  We took Rylee to the vet and found out she had all sorts of typical shelter dog issues, but nothing too serious.  

Once Rylee was better, she started to explore the backyard and discovered the bush that led to the fence with holes in it.  In just 3 short weeks we have spent a lot of time and money on this dog.  I never thought I would be one of those people.  We have crawled into the bush, through the fence into our neighbors yard while yelling Rylee's name. 4 times. Once at 10:45 on a Sunday night.  This past weekend Matt helped me climb over a fence from one neighbors yard into another to get to Rylee (thank goodness the neighbors weren't home)!  I have ran around the neighborhood yelling her name while carrying her leash.  So pathetic.  Our neighbors probably think (now know) we are crazy.  As a result of this getting through the fence craziness, we cut down the beautiful green shrub wall and built a new fence.  So fun.  This process has been much harder than I thought.  I figured we would get a dog that we would feed, let outside to pee and take on walks.  Easy enough right?!  Not with this dog.  Since adopting Rylee our patience has been tested in many new ways, but every time I look into that face - my heart melts.  I rationalize all of this craziness by telling myself this is God's little way of preparing us for future life events... or teaching us some grown up life lessons.

Do you have any similar stories?   


  1. Oh my goodness, she is gorgeous! Is she a pittie or a Staffie?

    Good luck with the training issues and so forth, she is an adult already so I'm guessing that it's going to be a bit difficult to instill certain rules in her.

    But, as soon as she realises her dependence on you, and she gets really attached to you, here urge to run out, or away, will disappear.

  2. Congrats on your new addition! Getting a new pet is always an adjustment and can be pretty hard, especially when they're a little older. Rylee probably needs some more time to get used to you and Matt, your home, and your style of "parenting," and then she'll never want to leave your side. But you're totally right - this is all preparation for the other big things that will come into your lives!

  3. awww congrats on your new dog! training an older dog that isn't a puppy can be a bit trickier. one suggestion that might help is to spend as much time as possible with her. even when she wants to go outside, go outside with her. the more time you spend with her the quicker she will be able to build that bond with you. best of luck!

    1. Hi Caitlin!

      Thank you for the suggestion! I welcome any and all :) We have so much to learn and are trying our best to understand her needs. I know it will take time. Thanks!

  4. She is so adorable! We adopted our shelter dog when he was about a year old and he was absolutely crazy but all our hard work with him was so worth it. Good luck with everything!

  5. Oh she's adorable!! I adopted my cat from the shelter and he was so sick for 2 weeks when we brought him home I freaked out!! and I totally agree, you never go to the shelter just to look hahaha

  6. yah you never go to look at dogs just to look it always turn into adopting them into your family. that was the case for us and now we have two dogs. one we got as a puppy and one we adopted and we vowed to always do adoption from here on out. your dog is super adorable and im sure the crazyness you experienced with just her showing gratitude for rescuing her in the only way dogs know how to go stir crazy, tear up the backyard, etc