After we lost Stormy, our Lab X female, to cancer on December 3, 2010, I had decided to wait to get another dog until
spring, when housebreaking would be easier due to the nicer weather.
That decision lasted all of 24 hours!
The following night I was surfing PetFinder.com and saw a cute Lab X at Walton County Animal Control, not too far from us.
Something about her eyes reminded me of Stormy. "Nellie", as they were calling her, had been at the Shelter much too long-
more than 2 weeks, since before Thanksgiving- with no interest, and was in danger of euthanasia. Several of the other
dogs had 1-3 pending applications and they had only been there a few days. We have heard many times that black dogs are among
the least adopted. I emailed in an application and waited until Monday morning to hear (they don't check email on the
weekends) if she was still available. I tried to continue surfing PetFinder for more possibilities, just in case,
but none of the pages beyond the first one in my search (the one with Nellie on
it) would load! HMMM.....
Monday morning I had an email that said we could come see Nellie between 2-5 PM. I think you know how the rest of the story goes :-)
Nellie is a smart, submissive with people but feisty with Jackson and Sophie, energetic and sweet girl, estimated at about 8 months old
at adoption (our vet gave her an April 9 birthday on Nellie's records). She looks to be Lab and Border Collie
or Sheltie, and is Border Collie sized (weighed 29 pounds when we took her to
the vet for her shots and a checkup, and is about 40 pounds at maturity). A canine DNA test revealed Nellie to be half Golden Retriever and half Australian Cattle Dog, which is some ways
makes a lot of sense, though many dog people do not place much faith in those tests.
Nellie several additions to her name, Nellie Mae or Nellie Belle.
Both are very southern sounding and appropriate for what
Jim and I like to call the
"SBD"- for Southern Black Dog, that ubiquitous black Lab mix that along with Pit Bulls are so common here in the south. We also call her "Meerkat" or "Weasel" because her face is very narrow and
meerkat-like and she is slinky, quick and agile- and will stand on her hind legs
with incredible balance, looking for all the world like a meerkat.
It was indeed a Merry Christmas in 2010 for Nellie!
This was Nellie's listing on the Walton County Animal Control website. What a forlorn looking little thing. I could not get her out of my head. She had
spent more than 2 weeks at the Shelter.
Jim took this picture in the car on the way home (while we
were at a stop light, LOL he wasn't driving down the road taking pictures of us in
the back seat!). It isn't very clear, and it was getting dark when we got
home so we didn't get any more that first night.
Pictures from Nellie's first full day here, 12/7/10. She is completely unfazed by the horses- in fact they were more curious about HER than she was
THEM. That's Topaz looking at her in the last picture,
as Nellie was scavenging dried apples from under one of our apple trees.
12/16/10- As you can see Nellie has made herself right at home. She is a bit big to be a lap dog, but nobody has told HER that!
12/25/10- Jim and Nellie on Christmas day. Nellie did not mind the reindeer antlers at all and in fact wore them around the house. The sprawling picture is so funny- Nellie is very
limber and just goes limp
when you pick her up. She has a new nickname- "meerkat"- because she sits up like one and because she kind of long bodied and slinky.
1/12/11- Day three of ice covered Atlanta. A winter storm dumped about 4 inches of snow on us, then sleet froze it all into ice.
The roads were horribly dangerous sheets of ice. NONE of the area schools were open for a week, few businesses were open, and we didn't even get mail for 3 days! Just no way to get around unless it was on ice skates!
Jim didn't work all week- no one could get IN to work for him to have computers to work ON! This was Nellie's
first snow and she seemed to enjoy it. Here she is watching the neighbor's goats.
Running towards the goats- I have NO idea how she kept her footing!
With Jim and Jackson, playing. Jackson looks a little apprehensive; he
seems to worry when we roughhouse
with them. I am not sure if he thinks someone
might get hurt or if it is just that he is a non confrontational sort of dog. He does not seem to understand play
is play, and instead takes everything very seriously. Nellie, on the other hand, is like Stormy
thinks everything should be fun and is always up for a good game.
12/25/11- Jim opening his Christmas present from the dogs. They are just certain the package
contains FOOD for THEM :-)
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