On March 2 we became the proud owners of Holiday, which we shortened to Holly. She has blossomed into an amazing member of our family. About a month before adopting Holly, we went through the devastating loss of our beloved pit/boxer mix Molly. She was an amazing pup whose life was cut way too short when she got ran over by a truck at our farm. It was a tough time for all of us including our other pit Mike. They were extremely close. Like so many, we’ve come to love this particular breed, so we knew another one was a must. With all the senseless pit-bull bans in Iowa, we saw it as the perfect opportunity to provide a good home for another pit in need, especially since we live on a farm. I searched the internet relentlessly trying to find another one with the same personality as Molly. Finally after losing hope, I seen Holly’s mug on the SEPR website and sealed the deal. I couldn’t turn down those big pointy ears and as you can see from her picture, they are huge. I was told she’d eventually grow into them, but hopefully she doesn’t. People are always commenting them, and it makes her unique. At first I didn’t think I’d be able to handle all of her energy, but she adapted quickly and has turned out to be everything I wanted in a dog. Once she got over the anxiety of her new surroundings, she began to make progress and continues to learn as the days go by. She has definitely filled the void from our loss of Molly. There is never a dull or boring moment in our house. She is always ready to play, and I have yet to tire her out; however, she eventually calms down when I’ve had enough. She’s constantly on my heals everywhere I go. She can be in a deep sleep, but if she hears me leave the room, she immediately wakes up and follows me. Talk about devotion. Everyday when I come home from school, she’s on the couch eagerly looking out the window to greet me. It’s so funny because our window’s down low, so her butt’s way up in the air and her head’s down low peeking under the window. It’s hilarious, and it always brings a smile to my face when I pull in the drive way. She also does this really loud, drawn out yelp-yawn type of deal if I arrive after she’s been napping. It’s funny…you’ve got to hear it to appreciate it. When it comes to birds and squirrels, she thinks she can catch them all and boy does she put forth an effort. She’s quite the cuddler too. Every night she sleeps at the foot of my bed and usually props her head up on my leg which is comforting. When I’m at my desk doing homework, it’s normal for her to walk up and prop her head on my leg and just stare at me. I get a kick out of it. She loves rides, tug-of-war, and being the center of attention. I don’t know what it is about shoes but she is fascinated with them. It wasn’t uncommon to come home and find every shoe in the house scattered on the living room floor. She doesn’t chew them up, but just like her toys, she likes to gather them in one spot. We’ve been trying to break her of this, but we’ve resorted to keeping our shoes out of her reach. She hasn’t chewed up any furniture in the house, so it’s no biggie to occasionally have a few shoes out of place. It’s been so thrilling to watch her personality develop over the past few months. She has met all my expectations of a fun, loving, and loyal dog. Overall, we’re grateful for organizations like SEPR, and we appreciate all their hard work and for bringing Holly into our lives. Thanks SEPR.
We welcomed Chap into our home "officially" on March 10th, but fell in love with him after seeing his picture and story back in February. He has only been with us for a week and a half, yet he feels like he's been a part of our family all along. This shy boy is coming out of his shell and starting to let us see the "real" Chap....which is a big goof-ball!!! The latest thing to intrigue him are the squirrels in our yard. If only he could climb trees! He is also overcoming his fear of his new playmate...our 1 1/2year old son Maddox. Chap quickly learned that Maddox is a "good thing". He's kind of like an automatic food dispenser- he is always "sharing" his food during meals! ( Although, Maddox thinks Chap has to share HIS food too...mmmm kibbles! ) Chap may be shy, but he is certainly a lover! He likes to snuggle in bed, sit on our laps and give kisses! I think his foster mommy Tori nailed it when she said he doesn't have a mean bone in his soft little body! I know it was mixed emotions for Tori when she handed him over to us. It's hard not to get attached to such a sweetheart! We are so grateful that she started the process of showing him that he will be loved unconditionally and that his life is going to be better from here on out. We are excited to keep seeing his personality evolve as he settles in to his new life and becomes a more confident dog! Thanks SEPR for rescuing our sweet little Chap and making sure he gets the life he deserves!!!
~ Kat, Brooks, Maddox, and Libby
Happy Easter!! Charlie is doing very well. He is going about 100 mph from the minute he gets up to the time he goes to bed...he is curious about everything, very playful, and every creature is his new best friend. Even the kitties, who want nothing to do with him, but he keeps trying to love on them....they do NOT wish to have Charlie clean their ears, but he will keep loving them until they come around(that seems to be his plan anyway.)
Charlie is kenneled while we are at work, and he is fine with that as long as he has a chew toy and the radio on. Otherwise, he is with us at all times....including bedtime. Yes, he made it into our bed, and if either of us gets up during the night, Charlie can amazingly curl himself into the perfect size to take our pillow. Otherwise he snuggles up in the spot BETWEEN our pillows.
Now that it is yardwork time, Charlie spends every available minute outside *helping* Ed with landscaping. He has also learned that when Ed picks up sticks, he too picks up a stick, and gets some fun *fetch* time with daddy. Otherwise, he has his own football that he LOVES to play catch with.
Charlie also loves *bye bye* and we take him with us every chance we can. He is a perfect gentleman when meeting new people out in public, and since so many people ask about the bald patches on his back, he is a wonderful conversation starter and Bully Ambassador. He will be walking in a Light It Up Blue Autism Awareness walk on April 20th, and he looks very handsome in his Choose Blue T-shirt!
He is such a sweet, goofy, funny boy and we just love him like crazy. He makes us laugh everyday, and what a great addition he is to our family. Thank you for taking such good care of our beautiful boy until we were able to find him! ♥
~Ed and Angela!!!