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Wednesday, August 19, 2015

meet the new girls- yes, TWO new girls!!!






And, we all speak "y'all!!"  
Please meet our newly adopted girls-  Magnolia (1 year old from Texas) on the left, and Louise (2 years old from Louisiana) in the center, and you all know sweet Ella (who is 11) on the right!  As you can see above ;) and as I've mentioned in previous posts, we have a fondness for black dogs, which are often the last to be adopted and are so common in the south.  In fact, the director at the shelter where Louise came from said that 60% of their dogs are black.  You can read more about "black dog syndrome" HERE and HERE

The story (fair warning, it's a long one!):
Every night after Amelia died so suddenly in January, I would blow out the alter candle on the kitchen island (which I mentioned HERE on my post on gratitude) and pause and tell her how much we loved and missed her.  After several months I began telling her to find us another sister.  Then after that I started adding "find us a girl that needs us, a girl just  like you."
In early April I started to "tiptoe" around Petfinder. (Which if you are not familiar with it is a wonderful site where you can find animals from shelters and rescues across the country.  I will do a post on it and all the wonderful shelters and rescues I have come in contact with in the past several months.)  I would look at a couple of dogs and then close the page as I just wanted Amelia back... my heart wasn't ready.   Slowly, very slowly, my heart began to mend a bit and I knew it was Amelia's legacy for us to rescue and love another dog.  I began looking most days, and even though there were so, so many dogs I never fell in love or felt like I had found "the one."  For me personally, the whole adopting process is an emotional and spiritual journey, and I try to listen closely to my heart.

Early May I found Magnolia (then named "Blaze") on Petfinder. I saw her face, read her story and I couldn't even look at another dog.  I felt in my heart that she was the one.  I had chills.  She had been dumped on the side of the road in a small town in Texas.  She had one of her puppies with her. Someone picked up the puppy and left her on the side of the road to starve, get killed by a car or coyotes.  Can you even imagine?  She was skin and bones and was fostered by Kurtis who is a friend of the woman who found her.  Kurtis is involved with Min-Pin rescue in Texas and he took her in as a courtesy to find her a home.   Her post on Petfinder said she was a sweet and gentle girl who needed a home.  She sounded like a good match for Ella (who is an active 11-year old;)  After talking to Kurtis on the phone I was convinced she was our girl!  The only issue with her was that she was heartworm positive.  Her heartworm treatment was being done in Texas and she is expected to make a full recovery (she has been doing great btw), but because she was HW positive we couldn't use the animal transport that we used to bring Amelia up from Texas as they do not transport HW positive dogs. So, a road trip to the south was planned.  Kurtis very kindly offered to drive up to 5 hours to meet us to make the pick up easier for us.  We planned to meet him and Magnolia in Baton Rouge at the end of July, since my sister, niece and nephew live there with their families and we could visit family and adopt Magnolia at the same time.  Win/Win!


Magnolia
and her precious "wonky" ear!
Magnolia is our "Director of Fun and Play!"

I didn't think she looked like a "Blaze" (named for the white blaze on her chest); I thought she looked sweet and feminine, and thought her name should reflect that, so after asking LOTS of questions when I called to inquire about her I found out she was found close to "Magnolia," Texas and I immediately knew we would name her Magnolia!  I liked the connection to her rescue and I liked the connection to my southern roots.

It was a good week/week and a half later when I had my first omg.... this is just like Amelia moment. Just like Amelia, Magnolia was in a situation where she had been rescued and was in the home of someone who rescues many dogs, and she spent most of her time in a crate.  It was the first moment when I realized that this is the dog that Amelia had chosen for us- she sent us a dog just like her, just like I had asked her to do.  Unbeknownst to me, there would be many, many more of those moments and coincidences to come.  So many.  Uncanny things that were unique only to Amelia.  I felt like it was her way of letting me know that this indeed the girl we were supposed to adopt!

During the weeks leading to our road trip to Louisiana I had the thought late one night (after a glass or two of wine:)...  "since we are going to go on such a long drive- 1,700 miles each way-  to pick up one dog, and there are SO many in the south that need homes, why not adopt two??"  Having three dogs has been a dream of ours for a long time (especially when we lived in Dallas and we thought about moving here to New Hampshire. It was just part of the whole "living in New England" package for us;  I guess you could say it was on our bucket list;)  But, had it not been for Amelia I would never have had the courage to actually get two at one time!   My thought was "wouldn't it be fun to adopt a dog from Louisiana (where family lives) and call her "Louise?!"  So, I opened up Petfinder that night and typed in the Baton Rouge zip code where my niece lives, where we stay when there.  On page two I saw this face (below) which stopped me in my tracks and I had to catch my breath.  Those eyes..... that sweet, sweet face.

Louise's Petfinder photo

I glanced up on the page of her posting, and I'll be damned.... 
her name was LOUISE!  A sign?
  I think so.  
I had not even mentioned a second dog to Dan at this point, so I asked him the next day what if we adopted a second dog when we drove down south?  He looked at me a little funny and then I told him I had found a dog!  I showed him the posting on Louise and he, too, was immediately smitten.  I called the Denham Springs Animal Shelter  to ask about her.  The shelter, which is just outside of Baton Rouge, is the only non-kill municipal shelter in the entire state of Louisiana.  She sounded like a perfect match for us.  We decided that we would stop to meet her on our way into Baton Rouge.  
It was 97 degrees and HUMID the day we arrived into town and the heat index felt like it was 125!  And, let me just say that this southern girl has totally forgotten the extreme heat and humidity of the south.  I literally melted the whole time we were in Louisiana.  We walked in to the very clean and well taken care of, but bare-bones shelter (think lots of heat-soaked concrete with large wire cages with tin roofs shelter) and to the chorus of a hundred barking dogs. It is much larger than this photo shows, but I loved how they have a doggie pool for all the dogs!  These are the lucky ones- they are safe and tended to, and you could tell the entire staff really, really cared for all of them.  We were so impressed with the facility.


 It was HOT, did I mention that :)   We slowly walked around the shelter just looking at all the dogs and looking for Louise.  A shelter worker came up to us and we told her we were there to see Louise.  She pointed to her cage where she bunked with two other dogs and as we walked up to the cage the other two dogs came up to meet us, but Louise stayed laying in her 1/2 of a two-part plastic crate that was used for a bed and she didn't even open her eyes.  Her breathing was short and shallow and I asked Dan if she was okay?  I literally thought she might be dead. Come to find out, she had been at the shelter for a YEAR AND FIVE MONTHS.  I wouldn't have gotten up either.  She had been there, done that and it was just too hot to expend energy on people who were just going to pass her by.... again.  
The shelter worker asked if we would like to get her out.  Yes.  The second she opened the cage door and Louise came out into the fenced open courtyard area she was a totally different dog.  She greeted us gently, then went to each and every worker who was out in the courtyard area and greeted them.  We walked her, spent time with her and Ella together- they were great together, and she was simply delightful.  We adopted her there and then, but decided (this was a tough one) to leave her where she was comfortable and knew her surroundings for a couple of more days.  We would pick her up on Saturday, the same day we would meet Kurtis to pick up Magnolia. My niece has three children and two (very sweet) dogs, and I just thought it would be a LOT to bring her into.  In the end it worked out perfectly, but as we put her back into the cage she looked so dejected.   I told her that mama and daddy would be back for her.


Louise
with her beautiful butterscotch eyes! 
Louise is a sweet, gentle lovebug.


On Saturday morning Kurtis arrived with little Magnolia.  She was smaller than I anticipated even though she had put on some weight since being rescued off the side of the road, but she is still only 34 pounds and our vet says will probably only gain another 4.  She was sweet and precious, and a bit scared.  One of the first things Dan said to me after we met her was "she has a wonky ear - just like Amelia."  I had not seen it in any of the photos of her, but she has a funny little "wonky" ear that stands straight up at times, just like Amelia's.  It was the second just like Amelia moment.  After some time with her we put her in the crate for a nap and Dan and I, and Ella, went to the Denham Springs Shelter to pick up Louise.

When we got to Louise's cage on this day she was standing at the door wagging as if she knew that we would keep our promise and come back for her.  Once back to my niece's house we bathed both dogs immediately!  Louise's coat went from dusty and tons of loose hair to a beautiful black with reddish-brown (I actually thought she was going to be a huge shedder which is a major concern of mine, but I decided that is what vacuums were made for!! That's how much I immediately loved her!)  I am very thankful to say she hasn't shed since.  Ella sheds more than she does;)  All the girls got along great together and that night we had a big family dinner/party and they were right in the middle of it all and enjoying every minute- a baby, kids running around, adults, dogs, music and the smell of smoked brisket (thank you Forest!).  The next morning my adorable little 6 year old great-niece, Stella, was playing dress up with all of dogs- putting bows and headbands on them and the dogs were so sweet and gentle and loved all the attention!



We left that day- all getting into the car (a Yukon XL to be exact as we could not have fit into an actual car:) with two crates, three dog beds, luggage, and two concrete planters my sister gave me (!) and embarked on a 3-day road trip home!


  Omgosh... I don't think I will ever adopt another dog without doing a 3-day road trip! I HIGHLY recommend it!  The immediate bonding and immersion into our new lives together was sweet, wonderful and amazing.  We all bonded immediately with all the puppy-breaks, the different hotel rooms, the morning walks to do business,  the giving of food, etc.  The new girls are (thankfully) great travelers.  They were initially closed in their crates (Ella was not) to make sure they were going to be okay with the car and not get car sick, and then mid day-one crate doors were opened and they went in and out freely from then on. It really was the best of times!  We love a good road trip and a rescue road trip was just that much better.

This Saturday will be the girls one-month anniversary of being "home" and we can not get over how acclimated and natural they are in the house and on the property.  They are sweet, gentle, loving and playful, and seem very grateful to have a mama, daddy and sisters (not to mention air condition ;) Ella has been wonderful with them.  They all get along great. No one has food issues or toy issues, thankfully.   Magnolia and Louise act like soul sisters and are best buds.  They love and respect Ella, but have really bonded with one other.  Ella and Magnolia are big playmates.  They are doing so well learning their manners and new rules.  I'm so impressed with how quickly they have learned their boundaries both inside and out. They have been so good and easy to train that we are wishing we would have gotten a third:)  Lots more to teach and learn- for them and us.  Especially how to tell them apart in a split second!!



 sweet Ella!
seriously, the best girl in the world.




 the girls chillaxin!




Magnolia







Magnolia and Ella spooning!



This is what the bed and the sofas look like on a daily basis ;)




Making herself at home!




It rips my heart out to think that this precious girl, Louise, spent a year and five months in a shelter.  We are doing everything in our power to make up for that.  As you can see she is taking to the "good life" quite well:)  Can you even imagine what a bed filled with down pillows and comforter feels like after sleeping on concrete for so long.  Poor baby has large bald, rub spots on her elbows from the concrete.  They are slowly starting to reduce in size.  Did I mention she is a lovebug?!





Enjoying some puppy-pops (aka ice cubes) after dinner!
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A little bone-chewing time in the yard!




A house with three dogs definitely has more dog hair on the sofas, more scratches on the floor, a LOT more poop in the yard;), dog toys and bones in every room and on every sofa and the master bed, and we couldn't love it all more (well, except for that lots of poop part;)!  They are lots of sugar, and lots of love, and lots of laughs!

I hope our two new precious rescue girls will encourage someone to please consider Adopting, and to also consider dogs that are older, have or have had heartworms or the dog who is shy or seemingly uninterested. Don't overlook the quiet, unimposing ones.  I've found them to be the diamonds in the rough.  When you bring them into your lives they will blossom and shine!  I can't imagine overlooking these two and not making them a part of our lives. Our hearts are larger now because of them.

If you have any questions or concerns about adopting please leave them in the comment section and I will address them in my next "dog" post!
xxojoan


post script:
Thank you ALL so much for this wonderful welcome-home for the new girls! I love hearing about your animal loves and rescue stories and especially love that many of you are considering adopting or adding a second rescue to your family! All this dog-love and adoption-conversation I feel like I could pop! Love dogs and be well! xxoj.


305 comments:

  1. Am so happy for you & Dan Joan! And especially happy for the puppies - all three of the girls! It is so hard to loose them: our 14 1/2 yr old chocolate Lab Lucky died last November - thought we would wait till after the holidays to get a new girl but were so sad & lonely we only waited 5 days before getting our blonde Lab Norma Jean! Going from a sedate 14 1/2 yr old to an energetic 8 week old was a big change but we love our girl and are beginning to think she might need a rescue sister!

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    1. and I think she "definitely needs a rescue sister" Connie!!! My condolences on the loss of your sweet Lucky. I loved that you listened to your heart and loved again so soon! Good for you and your family! xxoj.

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  2. It's been a very rough month fostering but reading your story has totally warmed my heart. And maybe even helped to heal my spirit too. I hope to hear about more of the adventure your pups will have - they have certainly have hit the jackpot! Congratulations again! :)

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    1. Kara, my puppy-angel friend,
      I am sorry it has been a rough month in the fostering department. What you and your husband do is simply and purely AMAZING. Thank you both SO much for being a foster parent. You are a gift. xxoj.

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  3. I loved reading your beautiful story., bless you for rescuing Louise and Magnolia. What a beautiful home they have now to share with you..

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  4. Heartwarming X2!!!! You are their mama and YOUR heart is made of Gold. Best wishes for many happy years together! Betsy

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  5. What a sweet story! They are lucky dogs for sure. We have our 2nd rescue black dog. They are the sweetest. Looking forward to reading about their adventures!

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    1. So happy to hear that you have 2 black rescues too Gina!

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  6. I am already in love with your new babies too!!! How precious of Ella to be so welcoming and not jealous. After I lost my dog about 6 months ago I decided to get a cat. My first cat experience. I am in love with this fur ball. I cannot imagine a home without pets. It would just be a house. Thank you for telling us your story. Miss this blog so much. You will have lots to write about now. xo

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    1. So, so many rescue cats needing homes too. Happy you found your loveball Dianne!!

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  7. I started reading your blog about a year ago and you inspired me to adopt our sweet Chessy. She was a 1 year old rescue from central Mississippi who spent her entire life in a shelter. We absolutely adore her.

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    1. OHMYGOSH Maddie- Your comment makes me SOOO happy. Thank you so much for telling me and thank you SO much for adopting sweet Chessy (love her name btw;) You too have a little southern girl!! #sogirlsrule
      thank you, thank you, thank you Maddie!!

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  8. I am so happy for all of you!!! Your heart is filled with the love of these lovely ladies and it helps to mend the broken part...
    I am so thrilled to read this!!

    Congratulations!!

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    1. it does indeed help to mend the broken part Melinda. Beautifully said!

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  9. This post has made me cry - tears of sadness at what these two have been through (and how someone could be so cruel to leave a dog at the side of a road!!!), but then tears of joy to hear how it all turned out and how happy everyone seems to be. Then I had to LOL at your niece and the dogs and the hairbows! How precious.

    Congrats on the new additions! They are all three adorable.

    jerethomas@yahoo.com

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    1. Thank you Tina! The morning of dogs and hairbows was magical and funny!

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  10. Yay! Glad to see this. Adopting is the best. You have a big heart.
    Kathleen (formerly House things I like)

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    1. hey Kathleen, If you see this please email me. I've thought about you and your pack often over the last couple of years and would love to hear from you. Hope you are well!

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  11. what a wonderful gift you have given those dogs. We are a rescue animal family with most of our pets ( dogs, cats and donkeys) and wouldnt have it any other way. Best of luck and thank you

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    1. love that you have rescue donkeys too Laura!! I think people might not realize that there are many horses and donkeys that need rescuing too.

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  12. Joan, you and Dan are angels. I'm reading this with tears in my eyes. Thank God for special people and dog lovers like you. I wish you and your large family nothing but good wishes!
    Take care,
    Dawn R.

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  13. Congratulations to the new additions to your family! Your story brought tears to my eyes. They will enjoy much love in your home. Susan

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  14. Congratulations on the new additions to your family!

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  15. Wonderful news and a truly happy ending/beginning.
    Congratulations on your new family!

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  16. I'm so happy for you and the "girls"! And I'm sure that Amelia is smiling down on all of your special family. Thank you for sharing!

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  17. Joan, I am in love with all three of your girls! Thank you so much for this posting. I have been struggling since we lost our sweet Savannah in September. She was 13 and such a part of our lives but I just kept thinking that I didn't want another dog I just wanted Savannah back. You made a similar comment regarding your sweet Amelia...you understand..after reading your story, I feel like maybe it's time to open my heart and I think I want to adopt two pups, thanks for that encouragement. I will start searching now as I think I'm ready...I know my husband is so we will see what happens...you've got me thinking! Hugs to you all!
    Sharon (from Frisco, Tx)

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    1. Sharon, I am so sorry about your sweet Savannah. Remember how she would comfort you when you were sad and that is what she would want to do now- and the only way she can is through her legacy and you loving another dog. From my experience, it is the only thing that heals the broken part. Please let me know who you find/who finds you on your journey of loving again!!!
      (p.s. our first girl Kelsey- was from the HS of Ft.Worth and Ella is from the SPCA of Dallas- so maybe you can start there!!! :)

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  18. Joan, I don't even have words, but LOVE LOVE LOVE this story. I love our rescue and now you make me want to go get another rescue. They three look happy together and right at home with Ella, right where they belong! Such a sweet and loving story.

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  19. This makes me so happy. Your girls are beautiful! We found our dog Bear almost dead on the side of the highway 3 years ago. He spent six weeks at the Humane Society vet here in NJ. They poured hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars into his medical care. Once he was somewhat recovered we adopted him- without ever having had a proper meeting. Well, you know the rest- this Rottie-Pit mix is a little piece of heaven. Smart, funny and above all- loving and supremely gentle. Rescue dogs-via their difficult experiences- can be just the best. (PS- love your house and your transplant's take on New England!)

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    1. Thank you Katie. And so wonderful that you adopted Bear, even without a proper meeting- you just knew. Love that!! And, yes- they are the best!!

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  20. Your two look happy and they look like sisters! We, too, a month and a half ago adopted a sweet girl (we prefer smaller dogs, however) who originally was from Louisianna but was in a kill shelter and was rescued from there to a Kansas no kill shelter. She is sweet and loving and we wonder what her prior life was like. She, too, is black and not "cute" but she is so sweet and I can just imagine when she's sitting in the chair looking at everything wondering how she became so lucky to be here! She was in the Kansas shelter for 10 months -- she's a black dog, right! Even though she is small and smaller dogs are usually in and outs! Doogie likes her but there are some issues -- his other friend never did get on HIS sofa or HIS bed but he's learning to share and they will sleep together. He just sometimes reminds her that she really doesn't belong there -- LOL! We named her Daisy (not because she's cute as a Daisy but we like "D" names for dogs (and we give them last names, too -- hers is DAWG -- Doogies is DOOGIE) And besides adopting from shelters, the biggest help to the problem is spay and neuter; spay and neuter!!! Where we got Daisy told us that every dog not spayed is responsible for 600 dogs -- a lot of those end up in shelters or dead by the side of the road! Congratulations on your two new family members!

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    1. hi Martha. SO true- biggest problem is spay and neuter. That stat is sad and shocking. Love that you adopted Daisy Dawg!!! Love both pups names. (I have a list of dog names and Daisy is on it:) Being such a wonderful baker I bet you make them homemade dog cookies too!!!

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  21. So precious.....We too, have adopted from the South. Our first, a black lab, also died suddenly after only 10 months. When we went to adopt again, also from the South, we ran into similar coincidences that made us sure our sweet Bailey was guiding us to our next dog. Our precious Maggie was dropped at a kill shelter in North Carolina after having a litter of dead puppies. She is the purest soul and it is incomprehensible how someone could throw her away. Like you, we hope we are making up for the difficult times she has endured. Enjoy your puppies!

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    1. Love your rescue story Susanne! And firmly believe that Bailey led you to sweet Maggie.

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  22. Oh, my goodness!! I could not stop reading this post!! I was mesmerized by your heartwarming story. We lost our 15y/o dog (and only child) 2 years ago and my heart still aches for her. I've begun my search for another dog and your story has inspired me to get on with it!! What love you have in your lovely home. All the best from TEXAS!!!

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    1. That makes me so happy to hear that you will "get on with it" Linda!!!! To love again is truly the only thing that mends the broken part. Please let me know who you find/finds you:)

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  23. OH bless you for adopting them. They are beautiful. xxx

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  24. Thank you for this wonderful post. Our Henry passed away two years ago and we keep thinking about adopting a new dog. God bless you.

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    1. I know how hard it is to love again slf, but I do hope you will move forward with adopting a new dog. I promise you!! you will not regret it. (I'm sorry about Henry...)

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  25. I don't even know where to begin!!! I'm just smiling from ear to ear and I want to jump through my computer screen and kiss all three girls!!! They are beautiful in every way and I can't even imagine what Magnolia and Louise are thinking every morning when they wake up in Heaven on Earth! I live very close to Magnolia, Texas and I'm constantly driving through Baton Rouge on my way to Mississippi...I know exactly where Denham Springs is too. I feel like I'm connected to these dogs! They are so blessed to have you, but I know you're thinking just the opposite. I love them and I love this story!!!! Made my week!!!!

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    1. I gave them all a kiss for you Angeldog! Love that you live near Magnolia. I too feel you are connected! Drive safe.

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  26. Wow that's a wonderful story! Bless your hearts for opening your home to them. It seems you were all meant to be together. :-)

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    1. I think we were meant to be together Liz!
      Hope you are well.

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  27. Joan, the fact that three strange dogs get along is a credit to you and Dan. Of course Ella is like a Nanny dog, such a big heart. I wish you all the best of days. I am not sure is having three dogs a pack? My daughter until recently had three ( moving to Jackson NH next week) we use to say it was a pack. I know if it were things it would at least be a collection! Hugs to all.

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    1. Google says 3 is a pack Mary, but I do think I like a "collection" of dogs better:)
      Hope your daughter and dogs have a good move to NH!

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  28. After hearing a plea on the radio from a shelter with too many dogs, my mother and I and a friend drove 60 miles in our 3 cars to the shelter and then drove away with 25 dogs. You should have seen my father's face when he got home from work! We homed all 25 in less than 2 weeks. They went to friends, family, neighbors, and a few strangers that we checked out before they took one of our charges. The last one adopted was a sweetie that would hide whenever anyone came to look at her. One day a local farmer came and sat in the kitchen just talking to us about his farm. His gentle manner soon drew her out. We knew she was smitten when she put her nose in his hand before he had even touched her. When he was ready to leave, he picked up his hat and asked her if she was ready to go home. She beat him to the door with a wildly wagging tail.
    Even though we told everyone who took one of our charges if they had any problems to return the dog to us, we didn't get one returned to us or a shelter. The pairings were perfect for each dog and human parent.

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    1. This story WARMED my heart!! Love that you did this!

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    2. And I agree with LindaLime..... GREAT story! Thank you, your mother and friend for doing that!! Y'all are puppy-angels! The farmer story made me cry- absolutely loved it!

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  29. Wonderful news! I've been hoping and waiting to hear that you and Dan adopted a new family member! And you adopted two! Woohoo! I know y'all (and Sweet Ella) are so happy! Welcome to the Good Life Magnolia and Louise😍

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  30. Ever since Amelia passed away, I've been wondering when you would bring another home. When I read the title of the post I started crying and after reading it through twice, I'm still crying! Magnolia and Louise are beautiful and they will help keep Ella young. We have two rescues - an 85 pound pit bull and a 15 pound terrier mix. It gives us such joy to see how they love each other and love living here - they are the heartbeat of our home. Bless you for sharing your beautiful home with Ella, Magnolia and Louise - may they be the heartbeat of your home for many years to come.

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    1. Oh Cindy, I love the mental image of a 85 lb pittie with a 15 lb terrier! Send me a pic! And thank you for your sweet words.

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  31. So happy for you! I'm sure your new pups are enjoying much cooler weather than they'd endured down south. All the best to your newly expanded family! ;)

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    1. Donnamae, they are definitely fans of the air conditioning!!!

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  32. Omg Joan CONGRATULATIONS TO YOU AND DAN!!!!!!! I have prayed for y'all since your sweet Amelia. I still to this day have not been able to finish that post. My heart broke that day for the three of you. I am so happy Amelia guided you to not only one wonderful rescue, but two!! We are blessed enough to have two rescues of our own!! My husband and I believe whole heartedly every dog should have a home and every home should have a dog...RESCUE!! It is the best love in the world!!! Congrats again to y'all and please give those sweet babies snuggles and kisses from us down here in Athens, GA!

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    1. I love how you stated that it is "the best love in the world" Melissa. I couldn't agree more! Thank you and hugs and puppy kisses to your two too!

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  33. What a joy to read. I think you, with the assistance of Amelia, should write this book. Much happiness to your expanded family.

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    1. oh, that is so sweet. Thank you and hope you are well hbd!

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  34. Such a beautiful story. Magnolia and Louise will surely have a better life because of your tenderness and so will you, Dan and Ella. XOXO, Victoria

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  35. Lucky dogs! Lucky you!

    Joni Fitzgerald
    Virginia Beach

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  36. This is such a beautiful story!! I am in tears of joy as well as sadness because they were at the shelter for so long. So thankful for angels like you that are rescuing these amazing animals!! We also have 3 rescue babies and I think we are ready for one more!! And your home is beautiful!!! Xx, Paige

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  37. LOVE this! Best to all, and dear Amelia must be smiling down at you and Dan!

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    1. thank you Christina. I think she is smiling down on us!

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  38. I love this SO much. We lost our adopted girl in February. She was almost 14 and the best dog known to man. I look forward to the time when we're ready to adopt and bring home another one. They enrich our lives, for sure.

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    1. I am so sorry Mindy. I know how difficult it is. She would want you to love again- it is her legacy to you, so please remember that... I hope your heart mends soon. xxoj.

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  39. I read every word of this heartwarming post! I'm thrilled for you and for those sweet girls that have found a forever home. We waited over 20 years before getting another dog after loosing our first Lhasa. We would consider the idea off and on, but would eventually decide that our life of travel didn't fit bringing a pet into our lives again. Well, that was until March 2012. My husband suddenly decided that we needed a dog and some rescue dog needed us. We found our sweet Sadie through Wee Rescue. She was shy and trembling the day we met, but once I scooped her into my arms my husband knew she was the one. Her name was Bernice, though we decided to change it to Sadie to fit her sweet personality. Like your experience, it was as if she had been waiting for just the right match. Sweet girl had been in four different homes before coming to live with us. The joy this sweet girl has brought into our lives is beyond measure.
    Thanks for sharing your story. I think those dogs who are adopted definitely know that they were chosen to be loved unconditionally.

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    1. oh Sarah, I love that you found little Sadie after so many years. I'm guessing you are wondering why you waited so long to love again?!! Hope others will read your story and adopt again. Poor little Louise had been returned once also (after only two months) but that never deterred me as I thought it was because she was supposed to be ours.

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  40. A beautiful post. Hard to read since I was choking back tears after the first paragraph. So happy for you in helping these animals in need.....

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  41. What a wonderful story! Thank you for sharing. All our fur kids have been rescues and we have been blessed with each one. Your story is the perfect representation of the joys of adoption. Hugs to all three, and you too!

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  42. Oh god they are beautiful !!! I kept waiting for you to come back and I had a feeling a new pup would be there. but waitaminute !!! 2 !!! I love them. They must think they are in heaven.
    Congratulations !!
    I sold my house. Ran away from the closing lol and now have to find a new home.

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  43. I sold my house and have nowhere to go, can I come live with you too ?

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    1. of course, bring the two cats and come on over;);)

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  44. Thank you, thank you, thank you for nurturing God's beautiful creatures. They couldn't have found a better home. Seeing Louise swaddled in down makes me happy...a love-filled moment. XOXOXO to "y'all!!"

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  45. Wow! What a wonderful life for those precious dogs! They're adorable and I'm so happy you could take them home. They're lucky dogs, for sure. You have a big heart. And a beautiful home! I enjoy your blog.

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    1. thank you for your sweet welcome to the girls Jeanene!

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  46. I love your heart. And I'm with you, 100%!!

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  47. Such a sweet story! We rescued a Lab at 6 years old & she is the sweetest, kindest, most gentle & loving dog ever!

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    1. thank you for rescuing the older dog. Amelia was 6 when we got her too. So happy to hear how wonderful your girl is!

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  48. God bless you and to know two will have a wonderful home makes my heart happy thank you for giving these two sweet dogs a home! they have made doggie heaven.There are so many sad dog stories here in the south knowing these two will have a good home makes my heart glad.

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    1. yes..... way too many sad stories in the south (and elsewhere). The girls do seem to be quite happy:)

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  49. Well, I teared up reading your first line. Such a wonderful story. I know Amelia is still with you, too. Thanks for your big heart.

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  50. You are simply AMAZING, you, Dan and sweet Ella, for taking a rescue trip to the south and taking in these two lucky girls! Rescue dogs are dogs who truly appreciate all that they have, for they know what it's like to do without. Thank you for all that you've done for Magnolia (her ears!) and Louise.

    And for those who want to adopt but can't make the road trip, please consider Canine Commitment of New England, right in New Boston, NH - an amazing rescue who takes in dogs from the south.

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    1. hi Lana, How are you and the girls? Thank you for mentioning the New Boston rescue, I was not familiar with them. happy nh summer!

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  51. Congratulations! What a trio! What a wonderful feeling to bring a dog (or dogs) home.

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  52. I have prayed for you and your husband since I read about Amelia. I truly think the best way to honor a dog you lost is to adopt another one and share the love. We lost 2 within 6 months and I swore I wouldn't get another one but we have two rescued pit bulls that I love with all my heart. I am so glad you adopted two. The love you get from our dogs is the best ever. I hope you all have many, many, many years of love to come.

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    1. Thank you for your prayers along the way. I agree that the best way to honor a dog is to love another. 2 within 6 months. Can not even imagine. I love that you found 2 pitties. We love rescued pits and pit mixes. We think Magnolia has some pittie in her.

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  53. So happy for your new family of five! I LOVE Magnolia's wonky ear and Louise looks so sweet. We've adopted and lost two rescues...I believe they are eternally grateful to be in their forever home. Blessings to you and all the girls.

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  54. I am so happy for you! We also have a black rescue dog named Cash. We didn't know until after we adopted him that black dogs are hard to place. We were doubly glad we found him after we knew that.

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    1. Love the name Cash, Julie! We too didn't know about the syndrome until after adopting our first dog, Kelsey, some 22 years ago. After learning about it it has made them even more special to me. They are my heart!

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  55. God Bless you and your sweet new babies. I see joy all around. So glad there are people like you on this earth. Enjoy!

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  56. This is a wonderful heartwarming story! Your journey is truly something filled with joy! We have two Bichon's - one from a litter with all the papers and the second a rescue - Palmer (the rescue) is the love of our life!!! We love them both but the treasures from rescues are gems as you say "diamonds in the rough" Enjoy!!!

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  57. This is such a wonderful story, and I am so, so happy for Magnolia and Louise! From the pictures, it is obvious that they realize they have arrived in paradise. I am jealous of them, because I too would like to be adopted by you and come to live in your delightful home :) I hope someday to be able to adopt a dog, but for the moment my house is full of adopted cats! I have a fabulous 16 year old, the love of my life, whom I rescued from a shelter as a tiny kitten - and then 7 years ago, a stray mama kitty, really still a kitten herself, had a litter of 6 (!!!) (girl!!!) kittens under a hedge on my property. Of course, they could not stay outside, so Mama and her 6 children moved in for a few months. I found homes with my brother and a friend for 4 of the kittens, and Sweet Mama and 2 of her babies stayed with me for good. The saddest thing was that Mama was obviously used to people and knew about litter boxes, etc., so I have to believe that someone had her as a pet and then dumped her, not even spayed. Who does that??? It wasn't my plan to keep them, because as you say, multiple pets means a whole lot of fur, scratching, and poop, but I have never been sorry. Bless you for giving these lovely dogs a home, and thank you for sharing their story!

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    1. ha Pamela! Jealous of the dogs... that's too cute:)!!! Thank you for adopting all your cats! There are lots of dogs that like cats;) would your cats like a dog?!!!!!

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  58. Oh happy day! What in the world could be better than your adoptions!!! Love dogs and be well. That is the greatest words to live by. Your bed will always be warm even on the coldest New England nights. Personally, I have been known to move to the guest room a time or two because our bed is too crowded and warm with cats and dogs :). It is a good life!!! Congratulations to you and your three lovelies!

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    1. Thank you Tina! It is a good life! Hope you are well. I miss you going to Gunnison and keeeping tabs on it for me:) xxoj.

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  59. Such a sweet post and so timely as I am trying to convince my husband that we need to rescue an unwanted dog.

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  60. Welcome to you new girls they are going to be so much fun.
    I almost couldn't read through my tears of joy for them and you.
    xo Linda

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  61. Just loved your story and I was there. Just Perfect for you!!! Love you and Dan and the 3 sisters

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  62. Congratulations! What lucky dogs to find you! I wish you all the luck and happiness with them. I too think you need more than one dog...three is even better.

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  63. Joan and Dan, thank you for sharing your beautiful adoption story. I am so glad that you followed the signs sent by Amelia who will always be watching over. How wonderful to look forward to happy times with three gorgeous girls. So thrilled that Magnolia and Louise found you all. Love from Wendy, Jilly & Lana, Australia.

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  64. So happy for all of you, Sara, Ohio

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  65. I am so happy for you all, what a wonderful family they join! Your words made me tear up with joy! Best wishes Sally

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  66. Thanks for sharing your doggie rescue story. We have a huge black lab mix that we rescued when he was about 1.5 years old. The poor guy was skin and bones, had a tape worm, had been sprayed by a skunk, etc... He is an absolute doll, and is truly a gentle giant (he's now 120 pounds!). We just adopted our first puppy (also a rescue), so we're all adjusting, but our older dog has been a champ. We've always been a one dog family, but after reading your story, I'm excited to see them grow together.

    Your sweet Louise - so glad you found her. These pups really appreciate the second chance they've been given, and we benefit as their owners. :-)

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  67. Wonderful announcement! This great story put a huge smile on my face.

    Here's a really good article on rescued shelter pets. May you all have many happy times together :)
    http://healthypets.mercola.com/sites/healthypets/archive/2015/08/14/rescue-pets.aspx
    -Jill

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  68. God bless you both for bringing these sweet girls to your home and life. They are so fortunate that they found you:) Yes, I said it that way on purpose. I loved reading the story. Hugs them all for me.

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  69. What a lovely post to read. Blessings to you all, I look forward to many more stories about the girls

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  70. Congrats on adoption.....saving animals is the best. I believe in rescue and commend you!

    Enjoy! They are all adorable.

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  71. I have tears running down my cheeks. I stumbled on your blog several years ago and loved your style, but I, too, have 3 pups (2 rescues), and love you all the more for this! Love from St. Paul, MN (Alison, and Jax, and Felix and Murphy)

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  72. Your blog makes me smile! Nothing warms a home more than a dog...or two...or three!!!

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  73. You have the most beautiful heart and soul. It brings me to tears just wishing that everyone was like you and your husband. Thank you for giving your new girls a loving home and thank you for making the world a better place. Lisa from Sydney

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  74. Wonderful story, lucky dogs, lucky humans!

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  75. Thank you for this wonderful post. Clearly all three lucky dogs are very happy souls. Ten days ago we adopted a five-year-old long-haired Dachshund with the sweetest personality imagineable. Our entire family has fallen deeply in love with him. He has already changed our lives for the better. With all possible best wishes to the five of you, Georgia

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  76. Oh I love this post! I am so happy for your family!

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  77. There is no doubt that those three 'girls' are in their glory. But what I really read is how excited, happy and in love you and Dan are with your tribe. Your joy is just bursting at the seams.
    Enjoy every new adventure together.

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  78. What a wonderful post! Looks like everyone is settling in just fine. Thank you for givivng these dogs a much loved home. They look so happy.

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  79. Thank you for sharing this beautiful story with us. You and Dan are true saints, and have such a beautiful home, and something tells me ... these three dogs make it complete. I too hope this encourages others to consider adopting. My rescue girl Gypsy is the love of my life. :)

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  80. What a wonderful story. We have 3 rescue dogs and just had a foster dog that found his forever home last weekend. They truly rescue us and make life more beautiful.

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  81. what a beautiful story and life you share with us. We have two rescues after our sweet Sandy died suddenly from a coyote attack . I 've been wanting to adopt a third one but I thought it would be hard if they gang up against the other. Guess the gender also has something to do with it? mine are both male, and i would like to get another male dog, but not sure. It also has to be medium to large in size so I'm not always worried about coyotes that come and go around here. I've found out that dogs shed more when they are stressed or there is a change in their rutines, I worried a lot about this but then i got the best vacuum and comb and there is not a lot to worry about. Thanks again for sharing !!!!

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  82. Again, soooooo sweet of you to give these dogs a new home where they will be totally loved !!!!
    Hugs,
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  83. First, THANK YOU for adopting! Second, how SWEET are these babies?? My husband & I & some family work alongside rescues & freelance, so we know the gratitude of each dog that is rescued. Speaking for the voiceless is sure rewarding & so loving. We have 3 rescues & have gotten almost 15 off the streets, { I would keep them ALL if I could }.. Adopted dogs are the best BREED :)!! Bless you & your new family members! <3

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  84. Honestly Joan, these dogs have got to be in DOG HEAVEN at your home-the fields, and the walks, and the scents and the nature and the care and love you give them-especially after being crated and/or abused, they just have to think "this is the life". So happy for you.

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  85. Petfinder is how I found my last 2 pups.....my new one was through OES rescue. My last 4 dogs have been rescues and I would not do it any other way. Cami my latest bit me three times in the beginning but I hung in there and now she is wonderful......it's amazing what love can do:). Congrats on you expanded family and what a sweet girl Ella is to welcome some new friends into the fold!

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  86. So so happy for you AND the girls. Your guardian angel Amelia chose well for all of you!

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  87. Oh god they are beautiful !!! I kept waiting for you to come back and I had a feeling a new pup would be there. but waitaminute !!! 2 !!! I love them. They must think they are in heaven.
    Congratulations !!

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  88. ps .. I love that they all do look like sisters. .

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  89. Thank you for a wonderful and heart warming post. You and Dan are two incredible people with hearts of gold. I love how the dogs have bonded. You have a beautiful family. And I learned a lot from you on adoption. Thank you.

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  90. I'm crying my f*****g eyes out! I LOVE this so so so much and I love you and Dan, too. They all look like sisters. I am so touched. It was meant to be. I adopted my dog, Barbie, 2.5 years ago and still can't believe the fulfillment and joy rescuing has brought me. My choice to adopt was a rapid change of heart that occurred after a BBC documentary on the modern practices of breeding. So many light bulbs went off in my head about health problems my purebred yellow lab had. So I went from looking across the country for fluffy white Samoyed breeders to scanning my state for a little black puppy. it was over a year that I searched. I had actually decided I wouldn't get a dog. So one Saturday morning, I needed to research a replacement part for a Pella window. My browser auto completed Pella to Petfinder, as I used to peruse it so frequently. So I went ahead and did my usual search, and there was Barbie's little face. Only seven weeks old. She and her mother and five litter mates were bought from an Amish farm for $20 where they had all been held in the same crate. And then placed in rescue. I'm sure everyone has stories like these, and I just love reading yours. I felt like daddy warbucks bringing her home. I always joke that Barbie doesn't remember life before memory foam mattresses :) okay now I need to go blowdry the tears off my face so the cashier at the grocery doesn't have me committed.

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  91. It is a beautiful and inspiring story, a true love story. I am so happy for you all - those girls are in heaven and it's so very heart warming. Sending hugs to everyone xoxo Catherine

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  92. I'm so happy for you, Dan and Ella...this completes your family perfectly. Honestly, the 3 girls look like sisters! We have 2 rescue dogs and they have always seemed so appreciative. Love is in their eyes! Your story made my morning...I am so happy.
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  93. Joan, Dan, Ella, Louise, and Magnolia: What a great read to start my day! SO happy for all of you! Cindy

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  94. SO happy for you and for Magnolia and Louise! Such pretty names for pretty girls. God bless you for rescuing them. Your post about Amelia's passing made me cry and this one has too, but tears of happiness this time. Enjoy the girls!!

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  95. Thank you so much for rescuing these two beautiful girls and sharing your great story. We always say, they have won the puppy lottery. I hope your story inspires others to do the same. We love our two rescues, Buddy, a 12 yo Shih Tzu mix and Sophie, a 4 yo bulldog mix. They are the loves of our lives.

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  96. Love this story! Was tearing up at work thinking about my two little rescue pups sitting at home :-) Thanks for sharing and for encouraging everyone to rescue! Cheers from Canada!

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  97. My heart is so happy for you and Dan! This sounds like my daughter who now has 4 adopted babies and who knows where it will end?!
    About the 'wonky' ear...I read something somewhere that said 'When God sees a dog he likes he turns down one of its ears to remember it'. We have a wonky-eared dog named Winston!

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  98. I too have a dog with a wonky ear. Libby was also found left on the side of a road, had heartworm and mange. She is now 13 and puts up with 4 grandkids (the oldest is 4). She looks like Magnolia's duplicate.

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  99. Wonderful story!! Beautiful dogs! I always say, dogs are like potato chips, you can't have just one! I love the devotion and love you show to your animals. It is really heartwarming. We are down to just 3 dogs right now,( we had 5) and are contemplating adding to our pack. We just saved a stray kitten, and she is the comic relief in the house right now. 3 dogs, 3 cats, 4 goats, 3 chickens and a donkey. Stop by and visit the menagerie any time!!

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  100. Congratulations -- what a wonderful story. I felt your pain with the loss of Amelia, so this is extra sweet! And yes, adoption is best. I live with 3 rescue collies and 3 rescue cats. I've learned to cope with more fur than I ever imagined, but way more love than I probably deserve. Thanks for keeping your commitment to the joys of rescue.

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  101. What could I possibly add? I read this beautiful post, (actually, twice) yes, eyes brimming, and all the comments. God bless.

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  102. Congratulations Joan, they are all so beautiful and so happy! Hopefully we will get to meet all of you one day if my job works out. Expecting a call for an interview this week. We are all hoping and praying and keeping our fingers crossed! Even though I hate to put the cart before the horse, we have been looking at antique homes around Hopkinton online. I think we have fallen in love with the area already. Wish us luck!

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  103. I'm so glad for you!! They look so happy and secure. It's so heartwarming. We have rescues, too, and I can't imagine life without them. They bring so much joy. Thank you for adopting the girls!!

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  104. What a beautiful update! Thank you for spreading the good word about pet adoption and for giving these lucky two girls such a happy ending. I'm sure they feel as though they've hit the jackpot! My home has always been filled with rescue animals; currently two cats and a foster-failed dog. Diggory (my dog) also has a wonky ear, which I love! I look forward to reading more about all of your girls and their adventures!

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  105. WOW... What an amazing and incredible "Real Life Story!!! Sooooo happy for those two precious pups!!! And for you guys as well..... love the pics of the newcomers "Making Themselves Right At Home" !!!!!! lolol.....

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  106. What a beautiful post. You have a wonderful heart and the girls are so blessed to have found you. You too will be blessed in return. Hugs!

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  107. I found 2 brown puppies and an unrelated black dog going through a corn field. Took them home and found homes for the pups. Neighbor is a dog behavior specialist/trainer and we asked her to help find a home for the 1 year old black female. She said it was hard for them to be adopted and that was the case. I had never heard of this and it never occurred to me that the color of their fur was a factor in adoption. Black dog syndrome? Ridiculous human behavior. Although we already had 2 cats and 2 dogs Coco Chanel stayed. Thank you for protecting black dogs!

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  108. Joan, I love reading your blog and started reading when you were fixing up your farm and all the decorating. I loved reading about your adoption story of Amelia and how she adjusted to the farm with Ella. My heart broke and I was weeping reading of the passing of Amelia. You wrote such a beautiful tribute to her. It was wonderful to read about your new adoptions and very sad to read about there backgrounds. Magnolia and Louise are precious and know now they are in there loving forever home. Joan, you write with such love and passion about all the things you and Dan do in life. Though your stories about your dogs were so heartwarming and the pictures were priceless...I think you need to write a book. I would be your first endorser. Thank you for sharing your lovely home and your precious animals. May Ella, Magnolia and Louise...enjoy there new haven. May you and Dan enjoy your new family. Blessings, Debbie

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  109. Congratulations! Beautiful story, darling dogs! I too found my precious rescue dog on Petfinder about a year after saying goodbye to "the best Lab ever." I saw her sweet face and KNEW she was mine. (She also had the same name as our former dog but we chose to change it.) Blessings to you. Swiffer vac is my lifesaver...

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  110. Such a happy ending to the story of Amelia's passing. I can imagine everyone curled up on a winter's evening in front of a roaring fire....

    Digging back in time--can you please tell me about the windows you used over the sink? Are those also Marvin and did you opt for wood or some sort of clad on the outside? all help/advice about windows appreciated. We are saving our original windows but need to add a few more

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  111. Wonderful news! It has been a "3 Dog Nite" at my house for going on 10 years. Six years ago when my Border Terrier mix passed on I found a Black Terrier Mix locally on Petfinder and heard about the "Black Dog Syndrone". I thought she was so cute and knew she loved me instantly when she covered me with sloppy kisses. The 2 week trial adoption was nearly sealed that day when she later joined the other 2 dogs for a nap in a heap. Ella probably loves Magnolia and Louise as much as you and Dan do. May you all be blessed with good health and sunny spots for a nap when you please!

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  112. much older sister SusanAugust 20, 2015 at 3:39 PM

    So glad you shared your wonderful news about the three sisters. Great post. Be proud that you have saved more than these two girls. You have opened peoples eyes on rescues. Love to you, Dan and the sisters.

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  113. Dear Joan, Dan and Girls,
    Your post about Amelia was so sad my heart hurt for you and it made me cry. This post sounded full of joy. You are very kind and considerate people. I'm happy for you. If I become homeless will you adopt me as well? It would be so awesome to see your house. Best Regards, Wenda :)

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  114. I love you for having such a large heart. Of course, I did not have a dry eye at the end of this post. We have two dogs (one of them adopted from a puppy mill rescue organization). In October we will also have to do a three day road trip from Colorado to Florida for my husband's work. Can you give me any tips on how you managed with three dogs in a hotel room. Hotels often allow only one dog. We are glad to pay any extra fee, just need to find some pet friendly places. How did you do it? Thank you!

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  115. what a totally heartwarming, delightful doggie-story.... love everything about it. those are brilliant pets and Bravo to you for getting rescue dogs. would only do the same; such precious babies with so much love to give.
    thank you for really making my night (it's nearly midnight here in France)..... shall now read all the comments before going to sleep :)

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  116. Oh, to love a dog.... Even three!! What a joy!
    Keep writing about them!

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  117. What a wonderful story Joan. I hope those who read this post will open their homes and hearts to the thousands of cats and dogs in shelters who need a loving home. The shelters are filled with sweet, loving and loyal friends who are counting on our help as their only way out. I'm so glad you decided to rescue two. Every life saved means so much.

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  118. Oh my goodness Joan, your dog posts always make me cry. Thankfully, today was a good cry though! I have such a soft place in my heart for dogs. Your sweet girls have the best home and I know you and your husband will continue to lavish them with love. Now, I am going to go love on my two fur babies!! :)

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  119. Best post ever! So HAPPY for you ALL!! Magnolia and Louise look and sound like absolute angels! Perfect sisters for sweet Ella! Look forward to hearing all about your adventures! Thanks too for letting everyone know what great pets can be adopted from rescues and shelters! Barbara P from Ma

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  120. I was a foster home for both Boxer and Pug rescue in Western NY. I was always amazed at the dogs who when their adoptive families came to pick them up, they knew they were going home, no look backwards at me, they knew they were going to their family. I was happy for each and every one. Please consider adoption of an older dog.

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      Bless you for fostering Boxers. We have two and they are the BEST!

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  121. And they lived happily ever after. Amen.

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  122. I LOVED your post! We adopted our black lab, Shelby, from a shelter in March. She was a stray and I thought it was so strange when we went to meet/adopt her, the workers were almost trying to talk us out of taking her, saying she was very timid. She was also in the back of her kennel and didn't move. When they let us take her out, we could see a huge difference. She was probably so afraid and confused with all that had happened to her. They hold strays for 10 days, but no one came for her - and we were there as soon as her hold was lifted. There is nothing timid about her now! She has turned out to be the most perfect dog we could have ever asked for - and extremely smart. We've always had black labs, and she has won our hearts as much as our other babies had (we lost our most recent one at almost 15 years old a couple of years ago). We believe Shelby is about 2 years old, and still has a lot of puppy in her...which is why I am still trying to talk my husband in adopting another dog to be her playmate. We'll see! :)

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  123. Happy happy post! What a wonderful thing you have done for those two sweet pups. Random tip...but if you are not already ordering chews/treats from Best Bully Sticks dot com, I highly recommend. The prices are soooo much better than local and chain pet stores. My dog enjoys a bully stick most nights after dinner so we order in bulk from that site. You have inspired me to look into adopting a second dog...off to peruse Boykin Spaniel Rescue right now!

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  124. With tears streaming down my face, I am so happy for you and the ladies. My heart broke when you posted the sad news in January. This is a happy ending.

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  125. I don't know how you are getting anything done. You must be stopping every five minutes to kiss those sweet faces - all three - and tell them how special they are. Bliss to y'all!!
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  126. What a fantastic story. Bless you and your pups!

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  127. I was so happy when I opened your blog today and saw your fabulous story!! I was so sad when sweet Amelia went so quickly. (but happy she was so very loved) As a rescue/foster family for the last 14+ years I can't tell you how important it is to adopt these babies; especially as you stated the black ones...people just turn away from the black dogs. This is wonderful news!!! Three puppies!!! Three very lucky puppies!!!!

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  128. What a sweet, sweet story....and what happy pups and pup parents (then why am I crying!??!? :) )! I wish all pets could live so well. We had/have rescue cats, and I wish I could take care of them all. Thanks for 'highlighting' adoptions of rescues, I look forward to more stories of the sisters! Rosie

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  129. ...most people think the term "rescue dog" comes from people rescuing dogs from heart hurting situations...not so...it comes from dogs rescuing people from heart hurting situations...blessings laney

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  130. Those pups are so lucky to have you and Dan (and vice versa). Can't wait to read the future posts on all the fun things you discover with them. Congratulations!

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  131. This is, without a doubt, my favorite blog post ever. Of ANY blog. 💖

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  132. What a wonderful, sweet story. I love seeing those happy faces!

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  133. Joan.....A beautiful story...that will only continue to change and grow! Well, YOU know my story, and are intricately involved in it.....as I look down at our new 4 year old Dane, who never even had human touch for most of his life....And whose heart and soul have pulled us in so deeply. We call him Bo (the big black Dane) on installments. The black areas (and frankly all, have the heart and soul of Bo who we loved and loved us to the moon and back. And now, in reading through some comments....YOU are inspiring others to rescue. Rescue whisperer. Thanks, Amelia....your job was SO important on this earth. With LOTSA love and admiration...

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  134. Thank you ALL so much for this wonderful welcome-home for the new girls! I love hearing about your animal loves and rescue stories and especially love that many of you are considering adopting or adding a second rescue to your family! All this dog-love and adoption-conversation I feel like I could pop! Love dogs and be well! xxoj.

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  135. A Three Dog Night !!! So fabulous! We have had either two or three dogs over the years and well understand your wish for three. Presently we have two darling black boys! Your mention of the additional 'poopage' prompted me to mention something that you may already know. If you do just ignore my redundancy. About 10 years ago we were dealing with a dog with chronic ear infections. I happened to mention it to the proprietor of a local shop that specializes in dog and cat products, including many food varieties. She immediately asked what the dogs were eating and suggested that I change them to a grain and chicken free diet. It was pure magic!! My senior dog developed a new lease on life and the dog with the chronic ear problems was cured. My reason for going on about this is that the BEST side benefit was that their poops were now much smaller, no awful odor and after a day or so turned white and disintegrated. Pure magic !! If you are interested just email me at amen1farm@gmail.com

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