Their Adoption Story
When Patrick and I got married in January 2007 (after being together since May/June 2003), we soon bought our first home together in April. As soon as we moved in we knew that we wanted to adopt a dog. Little did we know, that we would get two.
We did a ton of research online and in the newspaper, and we both decided that adoption was the only way to go. Buying an animal from a pet store just supports puppy mills - period. And neither one of us believe in that...so after researching for about a month, scoping out all the different adoption agencies in the KC area. We found a company called TARA.
This company not only has a great story, but strives in helping animals find loving homes. We found a story, and pictures of a litter of 14 puppies just born to a great dane/lab mix. After a handful of phone calls and emails, we set up a time/date to go pick out the puppy that we wanted.
The two of us drove out to Peculiar to a nice home with a full house of children, and animals alike. When we arrived, we were greeted by a very nice woman who took us out back to meet all the puppies (who were 4 weeks old), their mother, and some of the mother's relatives (I think it was her uncle and a sister). Their mother was a great dane/dalmation/lab mix and their father was a black lab (a neighbor's dog). Out of all the 14 puppies, almost all of them were yellow/white; we saw three that had black and white markings (which is what we wanted) and we couldn't pick out just one...so we picked a boy and a girl.
About a week or two after bringing them home, Daisy became very sick. She kept throwing up, and could barely stay awake/stand up. We rushed her to the emergency vet in Lee's Summit, and they wanted to keep her overnight. They said she might not make it through the night if we hadn't. After talking with Pat, we said it was 'Parvo'
I don't quite remember what it was that she had - but it was a reaction to the vaccines. Whatever the vaccine was preventing, it gave it to her anyways. After spending the night at the ER, we took her to Country Kennels where they took care of her for a couple more days until she was herself again. I don't remember being so scared and upset in my entire life.
Ever since Daisy was sick, she has always been much smaller than her brother. But to this day, she is still very healthy and is leading a very happy life!
I have many favorite photos of the dogs, but if you would like to see more pics of them here is their Shutterfly album! Click on the link to see all their pics over the years...