Monday, August 1, 2011

Meet Gypsy!

As I mentioned in my last post, we recently welcomed a brand new pet into the family. She has an interesting story, so I'll tell you a little bit about how this Gypsy girl wandered into my life. It all started when I made a stop at my bank on a Monday afternoon (2 weeks ago exactly). As I walked in, I noticed a very skinny German Shepherd laying near the walkway, panting in the heat and covered in burrs. But before I tell you how I ended up with her, let me give you some history.

Gypsy

My husband and I have never had a dog together, but we had them as kids and we've always loved them. Since we moved into a house with a yard 1.5 years ago, we have plenty of space for a dog and we had discussed getting one. We had even talked about getting a German Shepherd because we had heard of certain traits they possessed that appealed to us (loyalty, intelligence, no barking). So when I saw this underweight, overheated dog in front of my bank, I couldn't help but ask about her.

I was told that she had been there for days, nobody had come for her or claimed her. Someone had left her some water, but it didn't look like she'd eaten much. I went home and called my husband to let him know the situation, and he surprised me by telling me to go get her and bring her home. So I bought a leash, went back to the bank, coerced this sweet girl into my car, and took her straight to the vet. I found out she's about 2 years old and in perfect health other than needing a bit of extra weight.

We checked local ads, even posted an ad ourselves to see if she had a loving family out there who missed her. But she acted very timid and fearful, so we came to the conclusion that she was probably dumped and possibly treated badly. She was very sad when she first came to us...

Gypsy

...but now she's happy!

Gypsy

We have been loving on her and making her feel secure about having us as a family. My husband came up with the name Gypsy since she probably did a bit of wandering before she ended up at the bank. She's doing very well, and she's even put on a little weight since we got her. We've been spending a lot of time with her, going for walks every evening and taking advantage of her intelligence by teaching her commands (she now knows how to sit, stay, lay down, and come). Having her around has been so rewarding.

Me and My Gypsy

Isn't it strange how people, friends, and pets just wander into you life sometimes? I feel like it was meant to be...

17 comments:

Briana Shepley said...

She is SO beautiful and I'm elated that you all found each other! Take it from another beast lover, there's nothing like having a big dog to love on :) I can't wait to meet her!

Heather said...

I am so glad there are people like you in the world to save this sweet dog! I grew up with a mom that rescued plenty of cats and dogs. Gypsy is lucky to have you and your hubby!

Rose said...

How wonderful that you took her in! We have a german shepard too, shes about 13 now, an oldie.
Its always rewarding to have a nice pet, it just adds something more to your life doesnt it, something you cant gain any other way.

Rose

DancingMooney ♥ said...

Oh Holly, I am SO excited for you!! Our pooch Sarah is a rescue dog too, and {well she's a mutt} but her dominant breed is German shepherd. Such a loyal dog! Congrats to you both on giving a good dog a good home. ♥

Pili said...

What a sweetie! She looks so happy now!

I'm so glad to hear you guys saved her from the street, she looks like such a loveable girl!

Both you guys & Gypsy are so lucky to have found each other!

Cindy said...

She's a pretty girl and I am positive she is happy to be home with you!

Robin Thomas said...

She is so lucky to have you Holly! I honestly believe God sends you the animal you are supposed ro have. She is so lucky to get to live with you. You two will wonder what you talked about before she moved in!

Much love sweet friend!

ac neil said...

I truly believe that things come into our lives at certain times for a reason. Enjoy - you're teaching her things but she's teaching you things too!

a new mind said...

That dogs got some big stuff to teach you. Can tell by her eyes. Luckily, I know you're receptive. Glad she met her perfect match. Baby needed a home.

Out on the prairie said...

What a great ending to your story. It will take some time to plump her up a bit, but now she has a loving home.I hate to see lost pets, and have a menagerie around my place.

Stela said...

My heart is melting! I'm so happy for you guys! Gypsy is perfect!

babalisme said...

Hello, Gypsy! I love dogs and it's so nice of you to safe a lost one than purchasing at a petshop. She looks more than happy now and within half a year I think she will look even better in your care! XO from me!

Faerie Moon Creations said...

Oh this post made me cry. What a beautiful thing you have done! Gypsy is a gorgeous dog - and I'm so happy that she has found love and a home with you and your hubby. That smile says it all!!!! Thank you for doing what you did for this sweetie pie. I hope she enjoys a long and loving life with you! :)

Amby said...

That is so sweet Holly! Congrats on your new baby. She is lucky to have you guys.

Marysol said...

Aww, she is certainly beautiful and very lucky!

May you enjoy many wonderful years with your Gypsy girl!

Megan said...

Ooo! Gypsy is so awesome!! :) She looks very sweet. Congrats!

alexkeller said...

such a wonderful story!