OMG HSFC!!! Today I went to Enfield, CT to pick up my adopted dog Ty. Adopting Ty was sort of a impulsive 3 year decision. After moving to Porter Square I had always said my next apartment would have to allow dogs. When Bryan Clark needed a third roommate and asked me to move in I jumped at the chance. Part of the reason for that was his dog Moose who was and still remains to be awesome. When Bryan went to Mozilla Messaging in Vancouver, Moose went with him. With no dog to greet me when I came home from work it started getting pretty lonely at the apartment so I started looking for the perfect dog to fill that void.
While on vacation in Aruba I spotted Ty at Pet Finder and instantly fell in love. After getting back I called up Adopt a Lab and found out that Ty was still available and that they were coming to New England that Saturday. The catch was I had to agree to adopt Ty, sight unseen, for them to go through the process of getting him checked for transport and bring him from the midwest to the east. The way it worked they explained, is that I had to commit to at least two weeks with the dog and if it did not work out they would arrange foster care and refund my money. After a day of deliberating I called them up again and started the process rolling. That is when the adventure began.
My friend and resident dog expert Sara agreed to venture two hours out of Boston with me to the agreed upon meeting place where 22 other adopters were gathering to pick up their chosen dog at 11am. All was well when we pulled into the parking lot of Enfield’s Town Hall fifteen minutes before the pick up. Whole families had come to get the first glimpse of their future pets. This is when one of the volunteers notified us that the air conditioner on the transport vehicle had broken down and that they were delayed until 1 o’clock because they had to replace it. This was no big deal as Sara and I were hungry and it would have been hard to get lunch once we had a nervous dog on our hands.
Coming back at 1 brought new troubles as the skies opened up and proceeded to deluge us. On top of that, the transport only made it around 3 o’clock.
I didn’t mind the rain or the delay. I was just anxious to finally meet Ty.
When Ty finaly came out of the truck, he was a bit excited. I could hear oohs and ahhs from my fellow adopters which was the chant recited whenever a particularly cute dog came out. I walked him around a bit on his lead away from the crowds to calm him down.
A quick drink and bathroom break later, we were finally on the road to Ty’s new home.
To calm Ty down even more Sara gave him the plush mole toy she had bought him as a gift. The funny thing about that mole is that Ty seems completely indifferent to the Kong with a snack in it and the tennis ball I had gotten him. He loved that mole though.
It was pouring outside which made our way home slow going.
Ty didn’t mind though as he darted his head from window to window taking in all of the new sights he was experiencing.
After dropping off Sara in JP we made our way back to Cambridge and Ty’s new home where he drank a couple of bowls full of water. When the rain died down I took him for a run and he finally settled down enough to eat. Even after the run he was still a bundle of energy and even though he kept nodding off he would quickly wake up and nudge me to play some more. Finally around 8 he fell asleep for an hour and a half. Right now he is calmly watching me write this blog and perking up every time I look his way.
Oh ya, J5 and Ty – I think I’m going to keep him!!!
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