That is her the day we brought her home. She is originally from New Orleans - her momma was pregnant with her during Hurricane Katrina. She kind of fell into our lives and we fell in love with her. She has certainly given us tons of challenges - she battled a non contagious form of mange when she was young, came home to us with kennel cough and worms, and still to this day has a serious case of separation anxiety (which she is medicated for). She has had some behavioral problems that have required us to seek the help of an amazing personal dog trainer.
Ian never had a dog growing up. I grew up with many dogs but had never adopted any of them. They were from breeders normally. Since adopting Tessa, Ian and I have vowed to try our best to adopt from shelters from now on.
Tessa has come so far from where she was when we adopted her. We've seen her blossom into a confident dog, extremely loyal, loving, and incredibly smart. She loves training and responds well to us.
WARL is a no-kill shelter. They take in animals from all over the country who they see can make improvements, be treated and eventually be placed into homes. Their facitilities are amazing. Tessa shared a cubby with another dog - not a crate, it's like a little private room with blankets and fresh water from a little fountain. The 2 times we visited her there before picking her up, we walked around the facility and noticed how clean it was.
I think this weekend we will decide to possibly donate to WARL instead of giving out a little something that most people will probably throw away. Maybe a little visit to the shelter will help make our decision!
And since I'm obsessed with our baby, here's a recent picture of her, all grown up and passed out:The wrinkles kill me. And the following picture is the day after Ian proposed - reenacting the scene from the night before (see the ring around Tessa's neck?):
Atonement: I know a lot of people were disappointed with this film. I liked all of it. I found it very intriguing!