|Sweet Pea - yes, as sweet as she looks|
What we noticed, however, with this autistic boy, was the "need for a dog with a blank slate; someone who wasn't already pre-programmed but could grow with him to how he works, talks, and interacts." We saw that with Sweet Pea, who already has a home waiting. I called Alice, the director of Safe Harbor Animal Sanctuary and sent them over there.
B. found his dog. To his credit, when Alice asked what type of dog he wanted, he said a Beagle; man after my heart! Together, B., his mom and Alice looked at a couple dogs Alice had chosen from my quick phone call. As his mom says, despite her promises to herself to not get a puppy, that's what they did - she and Alice were able to articulate (note the quote above) what we saw with Sweet Pea - that a puppy would better adapt to B. and his way of interacting and he to her. They are doing very well, Mom has raised puppies before so not a whole new thing.
What we all agree on is the fit - the right dog for the right person. People come looking for one type of dog and often end up with another because the fit is right. I'm sorry none of the SW dogs worked out but am ecstatic the dog from SH did. From where a dog is adopted is less important to me than that the dog is adopted and is the right dog. In my mission statement, I say "..dogs as trainable and desirable for adoption into homes for a very, very long time." Both the dog and adopter need to be happy - and I am happy to spend an afternoon helping to facilitate that goal - if not with a SW dog, then my next choice, as always, is with a SH dog :).
Congratulations to all - and to all, a wonderful home and life. Oh, and Sweet Pea? Her new home has two young girls just waiting for their new puppy :).