There is a new puppy addition to the Burton family. Of course some of you are thinking “Wow Kathleen and Dean cannot control themselves with dogs” which would be accurate thinking. We LOVE dogs, probably every dog we meet.
Call us crazy, call us obsessed, but the Burtons adopted a baby cow. Ok TECHNICALLY she’s a puppy but lets be honest, she looks like a little cow.
When we moved to southern florida what we soon discovered was that there were animal shelters and rescues all over the place. I couldn’t believe the number of dogs without homes and how full these places were. This was such a different experience for us because when we got Luna we didn’t have hardly any places to choose from because the only place near us that had adoptable pets was a cat rescue. (Just an FYI Dean and I are not cat people lol). So we went online and eventually found a local woman who’s Labs had a litter of puppies and there we met Luna!
Around Christmas time Kathleen brought up a serious problem with puppies. Sometimes people buy puppies as presents and either don’t realize how much work they are, or just decide that they are no longer interested in their dog like they thought they would be. A few months into “training” some families just give up and send these dogs to a shelter or rescue. That literally breaks our hearts. So we decided to go out to the local places around this time when puppies are usually turned in after the holidays to see some possibilities.
One day when Dean was on duty and I was coming home from running some errands I drove past a local rescue and decided that I would stop inside and so the doggie fever began. Throughout the next week we stopped at every humane society, rescue, or shelter we drove past to look and see if there were any pups who would fit into our family. There were dozens of possibilities and we met with some who we thought could become part of our family but none seemed to fit. It was also very important to us that we chose a dog that could definitely get along with Luna and that she felt comfortable having in her home.
You see as much as we wanted another dog, if we were going to go the route of rescuing instead of finding a breeder I wanted to know it would work before we committed to this new dog. For me once that paper was signed that dog would be ours for life and with a rescue you don’t always know their history so we wanted to be sure.
When we went to the humane society there was a liter of 8 puppies that were “Lab Mixes” that all looked like baby cows and we fell in love with them. We narrowed it down to two boys that we had played with and when we couldn’t make a decision we realized that our decision maker needed to be Luna. We brought her in to meet each dog individually and were surprised to realize that Luna hated them both. Her disdain was so obvious that we KNEW we couldn’t take one home. Dean suggested that maybe she wasn’t a fan of having a boy puppy in her space so we went back to the litter and in the back of the cage was a sleepy little girl with a face that looked just like Luna’s. We decided to give it a whirl and we are SO glad we did because from the moment we put them together their tails have not stopped.