I wanted to make a very special announcement and say that I have a new addition to my family! This past weekend, I adopted a beautiful pure-bred black & tan Dachshund puppy from the SPCA of Wake County!!! Her name? Lady Evelyn “Itsy Bitsy”. I always wanted to have two dachshunds, one male and one female. I adopted a male first, and as I’m sure many of you know, his name is Walter. His FULL name is Sir Walter Raleigh. I had always thought it would be cute to give my little doxies names that sounded like they were “little old men/women”. Walter and Evelyn. Sounds perfect to me. The “Lady” part of her name was derived from the fact that if I have a “Sir” then I need a “Lady” to match! And I’ve got to admit, I had to pay homage to Lady Gaga. LOL! And lastly, “Itsy Bitsy” comes from the fact that she was named “Itsy” at the shelter, and I just went right on ahead and added “Bitsy” to it since she is so tiny! She’s just such a precious little doll and the sweetest thing ever (besides Walter, of course!).
I first met Evelyn last Tuesday. I’ve begun volunteering at the SPCA and I was there on Tuesday evening for some training. I had overheard that there was a dachshund who was coming in. My ears immediately perked up & I was tingling with excitement. I knew I had to ask. However, before I could even ask, the lady who had trained us told me at the end of the training that there was a dachshund in room A1 that I needed to check out. I shrieked and ran over to the room.
There she was, as beautiful as I had dreamt before, sitting in her crate with the door open. I was told I couldn’t go in and greet her since she would be getting spayed the next morning. I immediately began talking to her, through the glass, in my “baby voice” and she raised her head and looked at me. She hopped up out of her crate and began trotting around happily and she even barked aloud! As I stood there and smiled at her, I knew it was meant to me. I wanted her and I would do anything I could to get first dibs on her.
First time seeing Ms. Evelyn!
So, the next day, I stopped by the SPCA Adoption Center and applied for her. It was very simple and easy, and given that my parents adopted their Beagle from there, I knew the process already. I got to see her, again through the glass, and she was as cute as ever - wobbly and almost drunken-looking as she swayed in the crate. My dad was with me, and I knew he liked her immediately. He was smiling and saying that she was quite a cutie. I wished so badly I could have picked her up and held her, but given she had had her surgery earlier in the day, I wasn’t allowed to.
On Thursday, the SPCA is closed. So, even though she was put on hold for me (I did get first dibs on her!), I couldn’t go visit her until Friday. I was thinking things through and making sure it was the right decision. So on Friday, I had to bring by Walter so that the two could meet and see how they interacted together (the SPCA requires this if you have a dog or any pet already). I was nervous and excited! I had gotten off work early for this - and I was so excited I could feel my heart pounding throughout my entire body.
As we arrived, I shortly saw Evelyn and almost burst from how cute and loving she was! She licked me all over and was so bubbly and excited herself! She and Walter were quite a pair as they played and greeted one another. It was heaven. In that moment, it all clicked. I knew this was fate - that I was to be Evelyn’s mama and I would finally have my little old man/old woman twosome! I fell in love with her immediately, as I remember I had with Walter. And plus, it’s always a good sign when the dog comes to you and shows interest in you as well.
As soon as I brought Evelyn home, her and Walter ran around the living room playing and “attacking” one another. They were so funny! I even recorded it on video, and I’ll post that soon. I am so happy with my little puppies, as I call them, and I love both of them so immensely. It’s incredible how you think you will have to “divide” your love between the two, when in reality, your love increases in multiples and you feel your heart swelling with that love.
Of course I went out and bought her an outfit the next day. It says, “Cutest Little Princess”. :)
Some people have children. I adopt dogs. Some people do both. I know that for me, in my heart of hearts, adopting and being the “mother” to two gorgeous, sweet, loving creatures is a blessing. I’m so grateful to have the both of them in my life.