Wednesday, 11 January 2012

Goodbye 2011–Hello 2012


Hi Everyone,

A hearty welcome to 2012.

I hope that you have all had a restful and happy festive season.

For those of you who missed my update on my Facebook page, here’s the big news….


We had been talking about adopting a doggie for a while, and decided that December 2011 was the month to do it. We had to end off the year on a good note. Smile

My hubby had his heart set on a little daxie, so I hunted the networks and found that there were plenty daxies in Johannesburg and Pretoria. I enquired about one long dog only to find out that his owners claimed him. I filled in adoption forms and emailed them off to Barking Mad for Cape Town long dogs and never got a reply there.

I was feeling pretty despondent by the time Christmas arrived… We still hadn’t found a doggie to adopt that would suit our family and home surroundings.

You see – because of where we stay we would have to adopt a small doggie, one that would be happy being taken out for walks in the garden and accompany me on my walks while my children are at after school activities. We also needed to find one that would be OK with our kitties.

With my hubby on leave between Christmas and New Year it was the perfect time to go up to the SPCA and see if there was a baby for us to adopt there.

On the 28th, hubby, kids and I arrived at the Kloof SPCA.

We walked past the kitty runs and greeted some gorgeous faces there. There were plenty kittens… I really wish more people would spay and neuter. There are way too many little souls up for adoption and not enough homes for them to go to!

Then it was time to check out the doggie runs. All the dogs are so desperate for loving attention. The look in their eyes just says “please take me home”. I have to admit that I held back tears. I wish I could have taken them all.

After greeting the strays my kids shrieked with excitement at a find in run 60. Hubby got there before I did and said “I’ll bite” As I got closer there was this little face that popped up from behind the bars. The note on the run read “SURRENDERED UNWANTED”.


Who could not want such a beautiful little face?

I enquired about this 4 month old little boy. I had to write my name down on his form as a reserve. Someone else had put a reserve on him on the 14th December, and it had to be confirmed whether the people still wanted him. So we left there a little unsure of what would happen next.

I phoned the SPCA after lunch and there was still no news.

Late that afternoon we received a call to say that we could begin the adoption process for the little min pin in run 60.

035 Blu at the spca

Thursday morning we were up bright and early and went back to the SPCA to fill in forms for a home check. We also spent a little time with the little boy who would possibly be coming home with us.

Then it was back to waiting again.

I waited rather impatiently for the inspector to arrive.

My patience was running rather thin by Friday morning. We were cleaning house and packing away anything that a little miniature pincher could possibly decide on chewing. It was a direct reminder of a human pregnancy nesting phase… Smile

I know that this is a little off the subject but I believe in angels, this was another day that reminded me of their awesome presence.

I received a Facebook message from my friend Jenny asking how the adoption was going. I told her we were impatiently waiting for the inspector to arrive. She replied with “I’m sending you angels. Watch out for feathers falling in the scramble to get to you.”

Not even a minute later a feather fell from the ceiling and a minute after that we were talking to the inspector who approved our home check.

I got straight in the car and went to fetch our boy.

While he went into the vets to get micro chipped and inoculated I filled out adoption forms, microchip forms and a sterilization contract. At the time it really felt like a lot, but I was so excited to get into the car again and bring this timid little guy home. What an amazing feeling it was when we did!

The process of adoption is a small price to pay to receive a new addition to the family.

041 with mommy

045 doedoe

Well, as of tomorrow Blu has been home for two weeks. Mimmo is quite OK with him now, although when he first arrived home she made it very clear to him that all the shoes – yes, ALL the shoes belonged to her.

I will be uploading a picture of Blu to my Facebook page, do look out for it and let me know what you think the caption should be on the pic. It’s just for a little bit of fun. I will post the pic again with the winning caption, in a few days time.

I do hope that all of my followers and likers have a fantastic 2012. I hope that there will be much good news to report! Smile

1 comment:

  1. Congratulations, Di! Blu is beautiful and I know he's found himself the best home ever! I wish you all a long and happy life together and look forward to hearing all about his progress as he settles into his brand new life with you and your family.