We Have a New Pet: Isla! (2023)

We’re SO excited to share nice information with you: we’ve got adopted a brand new pet!

Since we misplaced Tiki in November, we’ve been looking for simply the best companion for Barli. He’s very light however Barli is a fearful canine and simply intimidated by different canines…so we knew we needed to discover simply the best match.

We’d initially deliberate to undertake an older canine or no less than an older pet. After an unsuccessful foster-to-adopt try, we noticed that Barli wanted a companion that will are available in smaller than him (even when the brand new canine grows a lot bigger than Barli) and, no less than within the preliminary weeks, can be submissive to Barli so he doesn’t really feel nervous.

The reply: somewhat pet.

In Texas with our temperate winters, puppies are actually born 12 months round–however the Christmas rush made discovering a younger pet tougher than I anticipated. We searched Petfinder for shelters from Waco to Corpus Christi.

Then Final Friday I noticed this itemizing on the Texas Humane Heroes web site:

Truthfully, I’d been avoiding the Texas Humane Heroes listings a bit–as a result of practically 15 years in the past that’s the place we adopted Tiki. I assumed it simply could be too miserable to revisit the shelter and keep in mind that fantastic day.

However then I made a decision that possibly it wouldn’t damage to only swing by and take a look.

And I fell in love.

“Scruffs” was a part of a litter of seven puppies that had been arrived within the Killeen shelter in early December at 3-4 weeks previous then, two weeks later, been despatched to the Leander shelter. The shelter didn’t have the mom, so she’s a thriller.

I noticed the litter to see which one was a calmer pet but nonetheless outgoing–and determined to go to with the seven-pound blonde woman–who I suppose jogged my memory of the blonde woman we adopted over 14 years in the past just some yards away:

I spent about an hour taking part in along with her and Facetiming John–after which the choice was made!

Quickly she was on her means residence! John introduced Barli out of the yard on leash to satisfy his new little sister:

Barli’s first response was a little bit of concern–marked by sudden drooling. After a day of attending to know her via the ex-pen, although, Barli quickly warmed up and now they’re doing zoomies round and across the yard. Barli was so ecstatic to see his new little sister returning residence from her first vet go to yesterday–yep, she’s right here to remain, Barli!

It’s anybody’s guess what her breed combine is; her hair is tremendous tender though it’s exhausting to understand how that may change as she grows. Weighing seven kilos at 8 weeks previous, the shelter guessed she’d be a medium-sized canine, possibly someplace within the 40-50 pound vary.

Her new identify is Isla, a enjoyable reminder of our years writing guidebooks to the islands–and to the various visits we hope to make along with her and Barli to Mustang Island on the Texas coast.

She’s nonetheless bought about seven weeks to go earlier than her immunity kicks in and she will be able to stroll our trails (that are shared with many coyotes and foxes, so there’s an actual hazard earlier than she finishes her shot sequence) however I’ll be socializing her with a variety of visits to dog-friendly shops within the coming weeks.

I’m so blissful that I visited Texas Humane Heroes final Friday. It did deliver again a variety of recollections of Tiki’s adoption day–and there’s actually no higher approach to honor her reminiscence than to deliver a brand new canine into our hearts. Isla’s already introduced a lot pleasure into our lives and into Barli’s.

Keep tuned for rather more of Isla!

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