Recycled Doggies was taking part in the My Furry Valentine event, a huge gathering of rescues from the greater Cincinnati area. I checked out their website of available dogs ahead of time and e-mailed my mother about a little hound/dachshund mix named Lilly. Turns out my mother already had her eye on her. After a few e-mails with Recycled Doggies regarding the dog's temperament and disposition towards cats and other dogs (in case some day the new pooch would have to come live with me), we decided she sounded like a winner and planned to get to the event right when they opened, before anybody else could scoop her up. My mother went from not wanting a dog at all to desperately wanting this dog in the span of about 24 hours.
|At My Furry Valentine,|
waiting to go home.
On the way to the event we discussed names. Emily was almost chosen, although Foghorn kept insisting on Viola for reasons known to no one but her. Then my sister mentioned the name Addie. She was thinking of the little girl in A House Without a Christmas Tree, one of my mother's favorite Christmas shows. I immediately got an image of Tatum O'Neal in Paper Moon. Either way the name seemed to fit this small, slightly fluffy pooch.
I've always said my mother has a knack for ending up with neurotic dogs. She manages to attract the Woody Allens of the canine world and Addie is no exception. In all fairness, we think the poor little thing had quite a life before ending up with Recycled Doggies. She was dumped at a rural Kentucky shelter by her family who was moving and decided not to take her with them. Their loss is our gain. Actually, their loss is also Addie's gain, as I don't think she was treated well. She's very nervous and extremely quiet, to the point where the first week we thought her barker was broken. She's terrified of men, even my husband. He takes this a little personally since he hauled her furry butt all over the place on adoption day. She no longer runs and hides in another room when he's around. She mostly cowers behind one of her owners and barks at him. She will eventually accept some treats, but it takes all her courage and she immediately ducks behind a caregiver after swallowing.
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