Many of you will remember my sad summer last year. I wanted a Jack Russell Terrier before I died and I simply could not find a rescue in the Midwest who had one so we drove to Colorado to get Hazel from a friend of a friend. Many people told me I was too old to get a JRT puppy and many days I think they may have been right. Smile.
I had very confidence that she and Rox would get along, just as I knew Hazel could live with the cats and go to the barn without killing chickens. Rox had lived with us for about a year after Rick’s brother moved to TX and did not want to take Rox along. Now most of you can guess how I feel about that. And this is MY PERSONAL OPINION ONLY!!! ! I would never move any place without my dogs. If they couldn’t go along for some reason, I wouldn’t go either. And so at the risk of starting a family feud here I will tell you that we took Rox in. She was content enough but she laid on the loft floor and watched us from above, not really joining in unless it was mealtime and then she’d come downstairs to beg a bite or two. I always felt bad about Rox because I just knew she wasn’t as happy as she should be.
And then came the first fight between Hazel and Rox and I knew I had failed Rox. I cried buckets of tears and as things settled down I felt in control again only to have Rox seriously hurt in another fight when I wasn’t home.
So….who should get a new home? I could drive Hazel back to Colorado or I could find Rox a loving home and I tried to figure out what was best for all of us. I spent many tearful visits with Gayle over the next couple of months until one day last fall she had a new idea. Some very good friends of hers had one little dog but had lost a second one 3 years ago. Gayle called them – thank God she did!
To make this very long story short, Donna visited us on a Saturday morning and fell in love with Rox. She took her home that very morning! Rox became one of the luckiest dogs in the whole world! She has a little poodle brother named Arlo and a big Labrador brother named Houston and she is SO HAPPY!!!
She went to Florida last winter with her mom and dad and Arlo. Houston stayed with his second family. She has a fenced yard and two parents who like to watch TV with their dogs and cater to their every wish. Ha! She never liked to ride in the car until recently when she was permitted to ride on her dad’s lap when he drives.
How can I ever thank Gayle? How can I ever thank these warm hearted folks who gave Rox a loving home? I never can. I go to see Rox and she knows me and greets me at the door as a long lost friend. I hope she has forgiven me.
So that’s Gayle’s story and Rox’s story and our entwined story. I hope you now think I did the right thing – Rox is happier, I believe, than she’s ever been in her life and that was my goal.