I knew that once we moved into our new home, I wanted to adopt a friend for Fina. I was worried that she would be lonely in a quiet house, especially since her previous homes had been shelters (and, more recently, a very small apartment).
I was keeping an eye on local shelters for friendly older dogs that we could ease into the family. When I saw a posting for Velcro (named for his clinginess to his people), it looked like he would be a good fit. I drove to meet him that morning.
Velcro was eight years old, a stray for most of his life (with the scars to prove it!), and had been surrendered by his former owners after a year in their home. According to his shelter profile, he was snuggly, scared of storms and flies, and got along well with other dogs.
I was surprised to find he was also house-trained, walked well on a leash, and knew basic commands.
Later that day, I brought Chuck and Fina to meet him. Fina and Velcro looked so similar, several people at the shelter assumed we were bringing home a pair of siblings. The meeting was a success, and we brought him home.
We did, however, realize pretty quickly that he left the shelter with a high fever. Following a visit to the vet and lots of rice and chicken dinners, we finally got to see his playful personality.
It's been a month since we adopted Velcro, and I'm still shocked that he was left at the shelter by his prior family--he's sweet, calm, and extremely funny.
I added Velcro to the tapestree this week, along with his adoption date.
As we've been getting closer to fall, I've also spent time this week working on Jack's Bash (Plum Street Samplers) and watching scary movies. Halloween is still my favorite holiday, and it's been such a relief to have cooler whether.
One last cool thing to share! A few weeks ago, a girl named Jessie emailed me and asked if I would mind if she started her own tapestree. She recently sent me a progress pic.
I'm so excited that someone was inspired to start their own tapestree project and love seeing another interpretation.