Feb 17, 2016

Introducing Toast!

Meet Toast, a Valentine's Day addition to our family (timing coincidental)!



Toast is 8-ish months old and so, so scared and sad looking.  She spends most of her time looking like this.


And she won't come with us unless we pick her up.  It's a good thing she's only 27 pounds or this might have been a bit more challenging!

When we met her at the shelter, she walked around a little bit, but I had to scoop her up and hold her in my lap to get her anywhere near me and it took a good 10 minutes to get her to stop shaking.  The volunteer was delighted that she stopped and relaxed at all.

I fell in love with her and knew we had to take her home and save her and show her that the world's not scary and not all people are bad, but at the same time it's a little heart-breaking to think about the situation that turned her into this in the first place.

So far we've carried her up and down stairs and outside for bathroom breaks, and she mostly just lets us and doesn't do much of her own free will.  Except eat!  But even then I had to go stand about 15 feet away and not watch her.

Luke is supposed to be her mentor to show her that people are good and how to relax, but unfortunately he's been a little stand-offish.  I thought he was jealous, but Ryan thinks he's getting a little anxious because this new dog is so, so afraid and he doesn't know why.  So basically we have two little scaredy-dogs who are going to needs tons of love and attention until everyone figures out that it's all ok.


But I'm sure we'll get there eventually.

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8 comments:

  1. So cute!! I think it is amazing that you are going to be showing them a wonderful life :) Hope the transition goes well!! & I love their names :)

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  2. Oh my goodness, what a cutie!!!! Congrats on the new addition :)

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  3. I love Toast, such a cutie! It's a good sign that they will lay together on the couch so closely, if they were uncomfortable with each other that wouldn't happen.

    I loved the Cesar Milan books, a little dog whispering technique might be just what Toast needs.

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  4. Ohhhhh what a sweet angel baby cutie face!!! Welcome to the family, Toast. Breaks my heart that something awful must have happened to her to make her so scared, but I'm sure your happy and loving home and family will help her feel happy and safe and comforted and loved. Good luck!! <3

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  5. Oh my goodness what a cutie! What kind of dog is she? She kind of has a pitbull look to her. Did you name her or was that her given name? It suits her coloring :) Luke will need a little time to adjust to having another dog around too. My friend just got a kitten and the cat that she already had hated her at first, but eventually she came around and now they play together. Toast is probably still adjusting to being in a house, but it's a good sign that she has an appetite. Congrats on the newest addition, and good luck!

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  6. hi toast! poor thing. oh but that last photo is so precious! hope she is all better and amazing and settled in soon.

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  7. Toast you are so cute! I feel sad about whatever must have happened to her :( People suck. But now she has a nice loving family and she'll be a happy dog in no time. That's why I love dogs, they'll turn it around so quick. So forgiving.

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  8. It took Max about a month to venture out of my bedroom. He was so scared, I rescued him from a shelter too. He had come from a pet hoarder house. But month by month he got better and now he is absolutely the best happiest little guy. I can't imagine not having him in my life. I know Toast will get to that point too.

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