The Adventures of Leia…

Leia – yes, she’s a princess!

On Sunday we adopted this tiny little five year old Chihuahua Terrier(?) mix from Rescue Vets in our area. Apparently she was brought from a shelter in KY with a high kill rate. So far we know nothing about her except that she’s 11 pounds of stubborn!

Day one: At the meet and greet

Dave fell in love with her even though he originally wanted a Frenchie. He said if we don’t take her, probably no one will because she’s already five. So proud of him. (In my family we call that the Lori syndrome!😘)

Day two: Laying in the sunroom window, perhaps plotting her escape…

She loves the sunroom and looking outside while being able to avoid us at the same time! I need to make cushions for the benches…

Day three: Practicing social distancing…

So Tuesday night she’s crated in the family room and starts crying in the middle of the night. I get up, let her out of the crate and she runs to the front door. I put on my Bearpaw boots, which are handy, and a raincoat over my nightshirt. Always fashion forward. It’s pouring rain and she walks around a bit then sits down in the grass!

I carry her back in, apparently don’t completely close the storm door, take off her leash, put her down. She head butts the door open and takes off down the block!

I start running after her. After half a block I realize I am not Usain Bolt— and she is —and run back to get my car. My hair is soaking wet as is my coat. It’s a total lost cause to find a tiny dog in blinding rain when she has more than a block head start. I drive slowly around, talk to the security person in our gated subdivision and she consoles me that Leia will turn up after taking down all my info…

I go home to worry for a few hours and try to make Dave and myself feel better. And drink coffee. Doesn’t help, still crying. She’s just so little! I remind myself she has a tag on with my number, she’s microchipped and probably a little street savvy since she was a stray.

As it’s getting light out and the rain stops, I walk around the area, talking to neighbors who are out with their dogs and everyone agrees to keep an eye out. Get back in the car and check out a nearby strip mall thinking the smell of food might have drawn her in. No luck…

Go back home for a quick shower and put on real clothes when my phone rings. It’s 7:45 a.m. and it’s an unfamiliar number. He says, hi, I’m Frank. I’m working construction and I think I have your dog…

I zip over to the main road at the entrance to our subdivision, maybe a mile and a half away, and sure enough, there she is, wagging like crazy and happy as if she had good sense to see me! I could have kissed that man I was so relieved to see her (and he was pretty darn cute, too!). But I digress…

After wrapping her in a blanket and driving home, she ate, drank water and passed out to recover from her night of partying! Hard to picture what the second week will be like…

Day four: after her night out…reminds me of some weekends at college!

10 responses

  1. It may take a bit of time, but once won over and realize they are safe, rescue dogs are the most loyal and most grateful dog ever. (and maybe that already after her last adventure trying to find whatever is calling her)
    (Can identify with the late night must go out in terrible weather attire….RC cat was also one of the “if you don’t take her, no one will. Ever. And you know what that means”. Sigh. we take the hard cases…but they’ve always become the best pet ever)
    Welcome Leia
    (And give them a break – you’ve hit the jackpot – sit. Stay!)

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    1. Thank you! She’s our fourth rescue dog but the first little one I’ve had! I think she secretly may have been heading to Route 55 to hitch a ride back to KY lol! It does make me sad to think there may be a family there missing her. She was already spayed so someone owned her once. But she’s just getting used to the collar and leash so maybe was allowed to run in a rural area. But we’re patient!

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  2. She’s lovely, I can see why David fell for her! I’ve had a few rescue dogs, once they settle they’re no trouble at all. Good luck!

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    1. Thanks, she is mostly a sweetheart already!


  3. Hahaha! That’s hilarious! Street savvy, indeed. 😃😃

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    1. The little stinker scared the shit out of me! Good thing she loves people! I wonder if she was an outside dog mostly. She’s obviously been in a car before and a house but didn’t seem to have had a collar or leash. Never had a rescue quite like her but she will keep us busy and active!

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  4. Aw, such a sweet face for a little stinker! All our dogs were rescues too. They may take more patience, but it’s worth it. ❤️

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    1. She’s a challenge for sure! You can tell she’s such a sweetie but she’s still so wary to get close. It will happen!

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  5. I hope things are going well for you with your new “pup.” There is a reason that she is a rescue dog—she is also an escape artist! Our current two are both rescues. It took YEARS, but neither one takes off any more.😎

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    1. Oh no! She is definitely a runner. Not sure I could trust her off leash. But she’s doing well on walks and we’re working on simple commands. She is stubborn for sure!


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