Friday, June 17, 2011


It was an instant connection. Harrison spotted him from across the tent area and was immediately drawn to him. He had stopped to talk to a couple others, spending a few minutes with them and listening intently to their needs; but when he saw Carl, he stopped in his tracks.

Carl was different. He was patient, quiet, kind and gentle. The perfect blend of a personality to draw someone in immediately. And he was handsome too, with jet black hair and deep brown eyes - even I took a liking to him.

The two of them sat together, Harrison would gently talk to him and rest his hand on him. They just sat there together for a good 45 minutes just looking at each other, sometimes talking, often not as they also watched the crowd swirl around them.

Harrison didn't want to leave but we had to, we still had a full day ahead of us. he said good bye and turned away. We were stopped momentarily and Harrison turned to look at Carl again.

"Mom! Carl's gone!"

"He's probably on a bathroom break," I responded.

Harrison ran over to where he had been sitting. sure enough he had gone a bathroom break.

Even handsome little dogs need potty breaks once in a while.

Just a few faces of the other new friends he made.
How can you NOT love those teeth!

My grandma, what BIG ears you have!

Unfortunately, {as much as I quickly} wanted to, we couldn't take Carl home with us that day. And  underneath him his was his father, an Australian Sheppard - sadly, their owner lost her home and she and her children are living with friends who wouldn't accept the dogs so she had to give them up and now they will be split up probably. Carl is only 2 years old,  I wish were in a place to take him.

There were so many dogs needing a good home. If you do think of getting a dog, I implore you to consider adopting - especially from your local pound, as they have a much shorter life span as opposed to the private non-profit agencies. Mr. Teeth and Big Ears above are both from Los Angeles Animal Service, adorable little Carl (who yanked at our heartstrings) is from Doggies 911/ Paws With Needs. Just a {very} few adoption agencies in our county include Ace of Hearts Dog RescueChihuahua Rescue, Downtown Dog Rescue, Large Foundation, Life for Paws, Los Angeles Animal Care and Control, Paws L.A., SPCA L.A.  And here is an extensive list for L.A. County. Just Google "dog adoption" for your local area and you will find a lot of agencies, even those who specialize in certain breeds. And if you are looking for purebred, check out your local animal shelter because about 25% of dogs in the shelters are purebreds. Another reason to check out the city shelters/pounds first; approximately 4 million dogs and cats are put to sleep yearly due to overcrowding so you truly are saving a life!

Duke-the-Dog was a rescue dog and he was one of the best dogs I've ever had the pleasure of knowing.

For us, I know the day will come when we can and will introduce another dog into our family.

It will be well worth that wait, I'm sure.

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Dina @ 4 Lettre Words said...

I love to go see them, but it's so hard to leave without one...or 10. :) Sure hoping that Carl finds an amazing forever home!

Self Sagacity said...

Fabulous photos of the boy and the dogs. Love the expressions.
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