Sunday, August 16, 2009



We have Layla here now.

Layla has a long story...
We took her from the shelter with what we thought was mastitis. Turned out to be a couple large mammary gland tumors, that doc removed. The pathology reports came back BENIGN! YAY.

She is recovering well, and gets her staples out on Thursday. She was in another foster home, but it turned out that she didn't get along well with one of the other dogs in the house, so we were asked if we could take her just for the day till she can be moved to our Apple Valley facility.

She and Ginger have gotten along well so far, but we are being very diligent in watching them, and making sure that no situations arise. I couldn't imagine Layla fighting right now... wouldn't be good for her incisions.

She is a sweetheart, and will make someone a wonderful pet. She is SO smart, and has a great personality. If I was sure that she and Ginger would get along ok, I'd keep her here till she got adopted. But I know it's just a matter of time before they knock heads, so better safe than sorry.

She's good here for now though, and I'm enjoying her company.


Turns out that Layla got to stay here much longer than anticipated. I didn't want to send her to Apple Valley when she was doing so great here, so she'll stay till we can find her a home.

Layla is such an amazing wonderful dog, she really is. She is so well trained, and listens well.

Her biggest downfall: she is bossy and can be aggressive towards the other dogs in the house if she doesn't get her way. We've had issues with her twice: once when Cosmo tried to eat at the same time as her, and once when she and Ginger went for the same ball that I had thrown. Geez, I hate dog fights! There wasn't much blood either time, but it was still traumatic.

Because of this, Layla has to go to a home with no other dogs. It's already going to be hard to place her, because she is older, and this just adds to the problem.

We've been working with her really hard, and she is getting better, but she still has that attitude that we need to fix.

In spite of all that, I REALLY love this dog. She has an incredible heart, and the way that she looks at me... goes right into my soul. She goes everywhere with me (only because I can't leave her here with the other dogs when I'm not home), but she travels so well, and minds me completely.

She will make someone a WONDERFUL companion. The trick is to find someone who is ok with the fact that she wants to be the only dog in the house.



I can't even tell you how happy I am for my Layla.

her new family took her for a sleepover last night, then called me first thing this morning to tell me that they definitely wanted to keep her, so we went to their home and finalized the adoption this evening.

The home check for Layla was PERFECT. There is not one thing I would change about the family who adopted her. When we got there tonight, Layla was TOTALLY in her element, and unbelievably happy.

She slept on the bed with her new mom and dad last night, and N told me how she was rubbing Layla's ears as she was falling asleep, and every time she would stop petting, Layla would nudge her head back under N's hand. N finally moved her hand up and away so she could fall asleep, so Layla scooched all the way up and found her hand again, and that's where she slept all night. *grin*

She was SO happy, and the family is SO perfect for her. I couldn't be happier. They let me have some time alone with her to say goodbye, and she gave me so much love with just a look and a nudge... what an amazing dog. And she went to an amazing family.

I cried all the way home, but these are happy tears. Yes, I'm going to miss my girl. Immensely. But I am so incredibly happy for her. She deserves only the best, and she has it with them.

*sigh* I'm emotionally beat, but oh so so happy.

A very dear friend of mine gave me a hug and said
"it's always good when a starfish hits the water."

Amen, Becky. Amen.


  1. Cathy,
    So happy to hear about Layla, but understand what you must be going through. Love you. Here's wishing Layla a wonderful happy life.
    Aunt Carol

  2. Yay!!!!!! Good for you Layla...I am so happy to hear that you have found a home. (and Grandma gets the "bungalow" back!!!!!)

  3. Just a little note to let you know that Layla is doing great. My boys have a new best friend. She is now sleeping with Jake, he gets up every morning and walks her before school. She has so much love at our house.
    We are so very thankful that we found her on your sight and I wanted you to know that she is wonderful. Nikki
    P.S., the cat is still not happy, but is getting more accepting. :)