Meet Leela. She’s a two-year-old terrier mix rescue that we adopted from the Humane Society of El Paso yesterday (we’re in Texas until tomorrow).
We think Leela will be the perfect apartment dog. She’s sweet, gentle, and friendly. She doesn’t bark or require lots of exercise (a game of catch lasts for all of five minutes). Even though we don’t know any of her history since she was a rescue, it seems like she is house trained and loves playing with other dogs (my sister-in-law has a Maltese that is the same age).
Leela was very mangy-looking when we adopted her. She weighed 19.2 lbs and had dandruff, which was gross. Since yesterday, she’s been groomed, brushed, clipped, bathed (twice), and examined by Dr. Terry at Northeast Veterinary Clinic (we highly recommend Dr. Terry and NEVC). Today, her coat is glossy, dandruff-free, and she is well on her way to packing on some more pounds. However, her tail is a mess and no amount of shampooing has helped. Oh well.
Although I feel like her adoption was very spontaneous, ST and I have wanted to adopt a dog for a while now. ST grew up with a dog in the house and I simply wanted to get on the offensive with our ongoing mice situation (the previous tenants in our apartment had a large dog and supposedly never saw mice). I downloaded the Petfinder app a few months ago and have been on the lookout ever since. Unfortunately, all I found were pitbulls, rottweilers, and other dogs that cost $300 to adopt. I don’t have anything against those breeds but ST was concerned about their potential aggression towards FB. Since I wasn’t having any luck searching in NYC, ST suggested that we wait until we were in Texas to search for our new canine companion.
We found Leela at an adoption event at the El Paso Saddle Blanket store (Side note: Pretty cool souvenir store). HSEP had about fifteen dogs set up in large, comfortable crates and allowed prospective families to pet the dogs and take them out for a walk. What attracted us to Leela was her sad eyes and quiet demeanor. Within the hour, we’d fallen in love, completed the paperwork, paid the $60 adoption fee, and ST had called the airlines to arrange her transportation back to NYC.
HSEP is an awesome organization. Their volunteers were kind and obviously cared for the animals. Their adoption fee of $60 included Leela, her rabies vaccination, spaying, a bag of treats, a year’s supply of dog food (a giant bag every month!), a Saddle Blanket duffel bag, her microchip, and all sorts of “New Parent” literature and a DVD. I love getting the most bang for my buck.
If you live in the El Paso area and would like to adopt a dog, HSEP has dog adoption events every Saturday at the Saddle Blanket and PetSmart (they had puppies).
We’ve been eating copious amounts of homemade tamales, laughing, watching movies, relaxing, and reflecting. I wish the same for you. Merry Christmas and happy holidays; may you be cozy and loved.
Mary’s Song of Praise: The Magnificat
46 And Mary said, “My soul magnifies the Lord,
47 and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior,
48 for he has looked on the humble estate of his servant.
For behold, from now on all generations will call me blessed;
49 for he who is mighty has done great things for me, and holy is his name.
50 And his mercy is for those who fear him from generation to generation.
51 He has shown strength with his arm; he has scattered the proud in the thoughts of their hearts;
52 he has brought down the mighty from their thrones and exalted those of humble estate;
53 he has filled the hungry with good things, and the rich he has sent away empty.
54 He has helped his servant Israel, in remembrance of his mercy,
55 as he spoke to our fathers, to Abraham and to his offspring forever.”
Meanwhile, in New York…
The toasts are always the fun part of the night. Some couples give prizes to the table that cheers the loudest, as an incentive for the crowd to go wild. We didn’t need any incentives, as our guests were pretty wild on their own (the tequila shot favors helped with this, I think). Naturally, this was the first time I chased tequila with champagne.
The kids were so cute!
Stick-on mustaches really bring out the goofiness in people.
This table was particularly loud… and drunk.
People got really creative with those mustaches – bushy eyebrows and sideburns were all over the place.
I was so cute, Katie tried to eat me. Good for me.
And then it was time to partayyyy!