So, now that it's been almost two weeks since we've had her. I guess I should inform you all of her existance! :)
On 2nd December, I got an unexpected early Christmas present. Not long after we had dropped my Mum and sister off at the airport, Brooke called Mark and asked him to take me to where she was. So we got there and she was at a shelter for homeless pets. We found Brooke and she was like; "Okay, you can pick one" (she had previously told Mark and I that we weren't allowed a dog). However, there were very few small dogs there and they were too small for the kind of dog we were looking for (Although there were two adorable Schnauzers there, but they had to go together).
But we did notice some signs on a few of the doors saying that a few of the dogs were down at a nearby PetSmart and to come and see them there. So we headed down there expecting to see about 2 or 3 dogs, But they had a 12-15 dogs in a few different parts of the store, along with some cats as well. That's where we saw Millie. A cute, but very, very quiet Jack Russell, in a pen with a little Jack Russell/Dachshund. I wasn't exactly sure if she was the dog for us, because she was so distracted and uninterested in us. But I guess being lots of other people and dogs around, it wasn't easy for her to concentrate on us. However, I knew she was ours when she rested her paws on my knees and leaned against me, while she was looking around. So not long after that Brooke paid for her and she was ours. :)
Millie was a lucky dog. She never did stay in the shelter. She was brought in, checked over by a vet, given shots and was spayed. Then she was "fostered" out to her foster dad, Paul. Whom we were lucky enough to get to meet, although Millie was very, very distressed when he left. We really don't know much of her history, but we suspect that she may have been hit and treated abusively to train her :(. However, at least she now has a good home. Every year, thousands and thousands of animals are brought/put into shelters and put up for adoption. If you're considering getting a pet, I strongly urge you to adopt a pet from/through a shelter. There are many wonderful dogs, cats and other pets there, whom are already trained and are just looking for someone who will love and care for them. In the past 7 years, No more Homeless Pets in Utah (the charity we got Millie from) have increased adoption rates to 45% and decreased the amount of dogs they have to euthanise by 39%. There are still so many pets out there that need good homes. That's why I will always get a rescue dog over a pure-bred puppy from a breeder. They simply need me more (the only other dog I've had before was also a rescue dog and he was equally loving and wonderful).
In the past few weeks, it has taken a while, but she's really blossomed and become attached to us. She has a wonderfully cute personality, with a few faults (like her love of chasing cats. We were lead to believe she was fine with cats. Poor Mosa. But I guess they will adapt eventually). But asides from that wonderfully well-behaved. Every day we learn a little bit more about her. Like just now, when we learnt that she barks at one of the sounds in the song Susie Snowflake (it's the slider that startles her). Hehe.
Anyhow, now you've heard all about her, here are some pictures:
Also: Happy belated Birthday wishes to theninthdoctor