On March 4, 2011, we lost our old companion, Lucky, at the ripe old age of 13+. He had been steadily declining, so we knew it was coming, but we were heartbroken nonetheless, especially our other old dog Lucy. Our two cats, Sylvia and Java, hovered around his favorite spots, as if waiting for his return. We thought we would wait for a new addition, thinking that arthritic old Lucy wouldn't be able to handle a young dog. However, we all felt this hole in our hearts, and for three weekends, we haunted the Woodbury shelter, looking for a puppy (or young dog) with the right temperament. Quite quickly, we narrowed our selection to two, "Ross" and "Fred." We loved them both, but thought Ross might be a better fit because he was a little smaller and calmer. We brought Lucy over for a "meet and greet" and it went so well that we put a deposit on Ross on April 25, though we couldn't pick him up until two days later after Easter. We held our breaths, hoping that Lucy would accept him in her home. Imagine our surprise when grouchy Lucy accepted this sweet, gentle boy without barking even once.
Ross, now named "Roscoe," turned out to be a perfect fit! He has only had a couple of accidents in the house and walks quite nicely on a leash (though he sometimes get distracted). He has made friends with neighbor dogs with whom he and Lucy walk every day, and he snuggles with us in front of the TV at night, and has even gone disc golfing with our son. He has had his first vet visit and is in excellent health (just a slight ear infection). Best of all, Lucy even shares her couch with him, though he also found a basket of winter gloves and hats to snuggle in. It has only been a week, but we have all fallen in love with Roscoe. We will always miss our old departed friend but Roscoe has helped to fill the void. We couldn't be happier! Thanks so much to the Woodbury staff for indulging our frequent visits and allowing us the time to pick just the right addition.