It is a rainy/snowy May day here in Alberta. A perfect day to hide away and scrap if life's obligations were not present to force me to put on my boots and venture out later on today.
We had a sad time last week as we surrendered my daughter Diane's little one year old Dachshund, Moose, to the Alberta Dachshund Rescue Society. Diane and her boyfriend of three years have parted ways and she is with us until she moves into her own place in June. Unfortunately, the living arrangements effected not only Moose but the two cats, Mo and Hobbs.
The first sad event was bringing Hobbs to the SPCA for adoption. He was Jeff's cat and really didn't care for anyone else including me who he loved to hiss and swat at! :( Most cats love me!!! Jeff was unable to keep him. I track him daily on the SPCA site. His photo is not up yet and I hope that someone came in and adopted him right away. Probably hopeful thinking on my part.
Mo, who is Diane's cat, is staying with us and stealing our hearts each day. Rob and I love cats but Rob is allergic. Luckily he isn't too bad with Mo. We wondered if we would end up having to board Mo for two months until Diane could take him to her own place. Luckily it all worked out.
This brings me to poor little Moose. Moose was a handful from the get go, but his sweet loving personality made you forgive all his bad behaviours and refusal to go to the bathroom outside. :( He and my Maggie were arch enemies as he pushed her around literally and turned my mellow girl into a nervous wreak. We knew that there was no way we could keep him. Not to mention trying to train him on my new carpets in the condo. :(
We were reluctant to drop him off at the SPCA for fear of him being returned repeatedly or adopted into a home who didn't understand Dachshunds and would possibly hurt him out of frustration. Rob found The Alberta Dachshund Rescue Society on line! We contacted them and they accepted him on the spot and even offered pick up if we needed an immediate home.
We ended up boarding Moose at the kennel for 5 days until we could arrange a meeting time. It was a three hour drive to drop him off. It was a very hard thing to do and lots of tears were shed but we know that he is in the perfect place. Apparently, the SPCA call this woman to take the Dachshunds who come in and have issues. This woman is a saint!!!
So here is the plan for Moose. He will live with this lady and the other Dachshunds who she has in her care until she finds the perfect home for Moose. She will work on his socializing and some potty training. His "Brindle" markings will make him very appealing to us humans, but she will not let him be adopted on cuteness. She will do a home visit before placement. He will end up with someone who fully understands this breed and will have the time to work with him.
Moose was a somewhat spontaneous purchase from the pet store by Diane and Jeff. I guess young people see these little sweet creatures and feel they are rescuing them from the shop. These stores charge an outrageous amount of money for these pups and even offer installment payment plans. I think that they are appealing to this young age of couples. We have learned that Moose is a puppy mill dog. :( It wasn't long before Diane and Jeff knew that they were in over their heads and not the proper fit for this little guy. I give them credit for being so patient and really giving it their all with Moose. Rob and I figured that the day would come when they would have to let him go.
I think that Moose is onto the next adventure in his life and he will be placed with the person who will be able to provide him the structure that he needs. So enough of this sad story and onto some scrappy stuff. I pulled some LO's that I did of little Moose last summer to share and to help me remember the happy times with this little guy. My favourite memory is the story of him eating a $50 bill that Mo batted off of the top of the fridge. It was part of the rent money! Yes, Moose was an expensive dog to feed! LOL
This is one of the first photos of him as a pup. I love how his nose is so tiny and somewhat rounded. This LO is based on a sketch by Julie Bonner. I did all 52 of her sketches last year at 52 Sketches 52 Weeks. These are Webster's Pages. I find this manufacturer very challenging to use.
Here is Diane and Moose. This was the first day we met him. I used June Bug by BG here. The line was new out and I LOVED it! Another one of Julie's sketches here.
I think that this is my favourite LO of Moose, because it is just so him. He is looking like he is guilty of something and he usually was!! I used more June Bug here. The dog theme was perfect. Yet another one of Julie Bonner's great sketches.
This LO is a totally shameful full out scraplift from Sarah! If it was a crime I would be in jail for life!! LOL Sarah did a LO last summer of her little son. I lifted everything I could off of it! I think her title was even close! "A Little Wet" LOL Sarah will forever be one of my scrappy mentors!! Just love her style!! I think it is based on a sketch from Stuck? Sketches! Sarah is on the DT! So, thank you Sarah!!! :)
Well, I hope you have enjoyed seeing these older LO's of little Moose and that my story wasn't too sad. I will be following him on the site of the rescue center and we have already received two emails that he is doing great! :)
Wishing you all a Happy Tuesday. Hopefully your weather is wonderful where you are!
Happy Scrapping!! Jen :)