I've been wanting another dog for a while. I've toyed with the idea, gone back and forth. Somedays I was all for it and somedays I was quite content with just the one I have. Then there was the question of "what kind" of dog should we get? We had so much luck with Kai being a labrador retriever, I thought, another lab would be perfect. But the breeders here ask for an arm and leg for one. So I've been visiting the humane society a few times over the course of several months. Some days we took a few of the dogs on walks, but just "undecided."
Then I stumbled upon Paws of Hawaii, a rescue organization specializing in adoptions. From there I followed their Facebook page and routinely checked the dogs they had on there. One day we came across puppies that were abandoned and when they were ready for adoption we went to meet them. There were so many families that day hovering over these puppies. Unfortunately only 3 of them survived. My daughter had every inclination we were coming home with a cute little puppy, but in the corner of our eye, stood Pua with a baby blue T-shirt on that said "Adopt Me". She walked in circles with her foster mom in circles, a bit anxious or scared. We walked towards her to say hello and she immediately "looked" into our eyes. I'm not exaggerating for the sake of writing a story... Pua is the first dog I've seen that will look at you directly in your eyes and just stare into your soul almost. My husband pet her and she instantly sat down and cuddled with him. From that moment, I knew.. we were not coming home with a puppy.
As my hubby asked if he could walk her around, I talked with the Foster mom about her story and more information about her. Pua was born on the Big Island and was rescued with her brother. She and her brother were really close and they tried desperately to have them "both" adopted so they could stay together, but the guy that took her brother already had another dog and could not take Pua. Her foster mom has had her for only 4 months, before that she lived with the owner of Paws of Hawaii.
As I began to fill out the paper work to begin the adoption process, there was another family inquiring about her. A young couple who just thought she was the sweetest thing they've ever seen. Shortly after that, a family came in looking for an older dog with a heart breaking story of just losing their dog abruptly. Then I told myself, if I don't take her, she will go home with one of these families. I had to make a decision in those few short minutes. As I looked at my husband who was drowning with kisses by her, I could see he fell in love to. Izzy wasn't that keen of the idea at first, she was stuck on the notion of having a little puppy to carry around.
An hour later, she was in the car with us propped up next to her brother, Kai... on our way to her new home.
Her first week with us was a transition and much like bringing another "child" in your life, it requires a lot of work and sticking to your routine while teaching her trust us and let her know she will be loved in our home. Although she quickly attached to our family she was still learning her ways around our house. I was used to Kai's behavior and his personality, it took a few days to remind myself she is a totally different dog with a different personality. For example, she's a sight-hound, a mix of whippet and Doberman driven by her natural instincts to "go after" little creatures (like birds or cats) she does not have that same self restraint nor the training to "leave it". So while walking she would "lunge" at other dogs or birds. Glad to say, today she has learned to master those urges with simple "leave it" command. And I'm not sure if it's because she is a female dog (must google this) she has a tendency to "bark" at the sound of other dogs passing as if she wants to protect this house or us. Kai never seem to be bothered by any of that... so again this was all new to me. But we're working on that. I remind myself that she is indeed a female dog and they seem more like "protectors" than the male.
So they are all minor issues, along with her appetite. She is not "food-driven" like Kai so I find it humorous how she does not scarf down her food like Kai, instead eating it slowly like a true lady.
My heart and my lap is indeed full of love.
I could not be more blessed to have rescued this little angel. She's the perfect addition to this family. Although my first experience with a dog was with a breeder, I highly recommend rescuing a pet. Just to know that you have the power and heart to save a life of these amazing creatures, is a blessing in itself. I can't even begin to explain how having a pet in your life, just enriches it even more. It teaches you a thing or two that you could not recieve anywhere.
Pua, in Hawaiian, means "flower" and she is just as delicate as a flower. She is a mix of Whippet and Doberman, but when I look at her, I see more Whippet. I've done my research on her breed and she's got similar characteristics. She was born to run for sure and boy can she run! When we are out on an open field, I can't help but to smile and wish she could run forever! And on the softer more feminine side, she's quite sensitive. The minute your tone of voice changes, she backs up and runs the other way. She lives to please you and for free belly rubs. But she's the sweetest girl ever... I am so glad we made that decision to rescue another pet. If I could save more animals, I would. I have the uttmost respect for organizations that do.