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Saturday, January 14, 2012

Please allow me to introduce to you.. Zerbert!

Since Wednesday afternoon, we've been working on adopting another dog into our family. It started with an adorable French Bulldog being listed for adoption on the Humane Society's website. He was adorable, but was snatched up quickly. That was great for him, but a bit sad for us.

Yes, we have two lhasa apso girls already, Maggie and Millie.

Bill's home all day, every day, and takes good care of the girls with walks and romps and lots of snuggly naps. We just knew Buster, the Frenchie, would be right for us. Since that didn't work out, we had to decide whether we wanted to continue considering to adopt another pup or wait for a while.

We checked the Humane Society's website once more, and there he was - Zerbert! He looked like a wooleybooger! A yeti! A blonde rastafarian!

We headed back down to the HS right at opening time, and declared our intent for Zerbert. Someone else had beaten us to him, and placed a 4-hour hold on him. They were interested in adopting him for someone in Seattle, and their hold was going to expire at 11:30. It was 10:00, so the countdown was on!

We requested a meeting with him anyway, ever-hopeful things would work out for us. We met him for the first time in one of the meeting rooms, and he was a total sweetheart. We'd seen some dogs who were shy, nervous, aggressive, and timid. Zerbert won us over within moments.

He looked much bigger than his advertised 13 lbs because of his coat. He was found on Jan. 3 in a town in California, and then transferred up to OHS on Jan. 10. He'd had a cherry-eye repair, had been neutered, and had a baby tooth removed the day before, and yet he STILL was cheerful and happy to see us.

We were hooked, and knew that Zerbert was going home that day, one way or the other. Hopefully with us! We requested to be on the hold list for him - if the first person interested in him for some reason could not take him, we were up next for the opportunity.

It's 10:30 by now, so we had an hour to wait. Rather than pace around OHS, we headed home and got the girls in their harnesses. We knew they'd have to meet Zerbert, and figured a walk would help expel a bit of their high-voltage energy! Of course, if either Maggie or Millie didn't like Zerbert, we would not bring him home, but we were hopeful.

As we were finishing our walk, the time on the first hold was expiring, so I called OHS. The person with the first hold did not return to claim Zerbert, so our 24-hour hold window would start once we applied to adopt him at the office.

You can bet that was the fastest and slowest trip to OHS we've ever made LOL

We introduced the girls to the boy one at a time to give them a chance to decide how they felt about him without the chance of ganging up on him. He was still so happy and bouncy and pleasant - very well mannered for a younger boy. Maggie was the one we weren't sure would like him, but she slowly warmed up to him. Millie couldn't be bothered to pay him much attention, but when she did, she was fine with him. Once we had all three in the room together, they chased and sniffed and considered their options, and got along very well.

If we wanted him, he was all ours!

We went through the paperwork and the process, and in the end it was all worth it. We brought Zerbert home last night, and he took right to the house. He also took right to Bill. That is Daddy's boy for sure! We're working out his name still. He'll always be Zerbert, but we go back and forth between calling him Bertie and Zerbie. We'll settle on something soon, along with Nugget, Good boy, Punkin, and Mama's baby LOL

Because he'd had his noogies clipped on Thursday, we have to wait until he's healed before we can bathe him. He was soooooooooo matted though that he was uncomfortable. His eyes had been matted and caked with eyeboogies, but OHS had shaved that off mostly when they had him sedated for his procedures. His tail was heavy with mats, not to mention all the ones on his undercarriage. He was just a mess, so we opted to go ahead and cut him down as close as we could.

This is what Bill buzzed off of our new boy:

That's about a half pound of hair!

There's still some fine-tuning to do with his coat, but for now he's much more comfy, and wearing a very manly gray camouflage vest to help keep him warm without his giant woolly coat. He seems to feel so much better now that he's a nekkid boy!

I love my pack!
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    Awwww... I love him! I'm sure he will be SO happy to join your pack and have such a loving home! He has got to be SO happy to be rid of all the matted fur!!! He is going to be so handsome when he fills in again! Congrats Candy! emoticon We also got a new addition at Christmas. We took in a four year old male cat named Duncan. It took him quite awhile to loosen up but he is now one happy kitty!
    3440 days ago
  • GAYLEP67
    What a cutie!! I'm completely envious. Congratulations on expanding the family, Candy.



    3442 days ago
    Oh he's adorable! (& my groomer has saved several pelts like that in the past, I'm sure he feels MUCH better!)
    3443 days ago
    Awww sounds like a great addition. I love how you already have nicknames for him and everything. I'm sure he'll "earn" more of those as time goes on. emoticon

    Nice to hear that the demand is high for dogs at the HS there. I'm glad you've given another animal a forever home!
    3445 days ago
  • no profile photo CD8072637
    Awwww...I totally LOVE him! And the girls are cuties as well! I hope all goes well with the pack and hey, at least he's fixed! No babies! I know, I know, the girls are probably fixed too. I hope you enjoy them immensely. You're in for lots of love and giggles with that group! I'm happy for you and Bill! emoticon Enjoy your fur babies!
    3446 days ago
    Congratulations on the new addition. What a cutie and how lucky he is to have such a wonderful home to go to.

    If we weren't both working during the day we'd have another dog in our life. emoticon
    3447 days ago
    What a hunk! I'm envious. When we had our 2nd Dal Maggie I knew she needed a playmate so we went to OHS where we adopted our 1st Sophie, a bichon. Reading your experience reminded me so of the day we got her. I'm so glad Zerbert got a loving home!
    3447 days ago
    Congrats, chica! The boy looks very cute and sweet.
    3447 days ago
    Ah... I do love reading about happy families. I'm glad things worked out as you hoped.
    3448 days ago
    So very adorable and so lucky to have such a loving family to come home to!
    3448 days ago
    wow... very very cool... and what a wonderful adventure to welcome him to the family! I envy you having not just one dog but THREE... my main squeeze is allergic - severely so - so dogs (and cats) are off limits.

    Congrats on the new addition!

    3448 days ago
    I'm sorry, but he is just TOO DAMNED ADORABLE!
    3448 days ago
    Oh my gosh, so cute! I can't believe you got that much hair off him! Congrats on the new addition to your family!
    3448 days ago
    I would have loved a second dog but Zhanne is 10 (well on January 20th). We feel we should have got a second when she was under 5 yo. However, at the time we lived in a very small house. Two grown ups, two kids and one dog was real cramped already.

    I am so jealous of your pack...still I wish you and your family all the happiness and deserve it!

    hugs, Anne
    3448 days ago
    all I can say is AWEEE. So happy you got him! Sounds like a great match all the way around.
    3448 days ago
    Awww, congrats, he's so cute!
    3448 days ago
  • TERRYT55
    This blog made me smile! Your new guy is just adorable and fits perfectly with the rest of your good looking pack! Congrats on the new addition to your family.

    Hubby and I have been thinking hard about getting a dog......we currently have four cats who would not be happy with a canine addition but I think we could manage it. We may have to wait a few more years until we are home more.

    3448 days ago
  • LISA01605
    So cute!! You have a lovely bunch!!
    3448 days ago
    Oh what a nice blog this afternoon! I'm so happy you have a new fur baby in your family and what a cutie! I love the name Zerbert and the alternatives as well. (All of our dogs always have multiple names). Have a wonderful weekend with your growing family!
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    3448 days ago
    Congrats on your new addition! He is ADORABLE!

    3448 days ago
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