Photo Comments Age: 6 Years Sex: Female
Leave a bone for Dorothy "Dory" Gale
Dogster stats for Dorothy "Dory" Gale
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October 11th 2009
August 1st 2009
When her sister sits on her.
Kong Wubba Tugga
Blue Wilderness Duck
Around the neighborhood.
Since bringing Lucy into our lives, I always knew that I wanted one more dog, and of course I wanted that dog to be another retriever. Bart and I both think that they're just about the best dogs in the world. For two years I searched classified ads, Petfinder.com, and other websites, looking for the right dog at the right time. I wavered between wanting another golden retriever, a black lab, a chocolate lab, and a mix that we would adopt.
Then, last October I found this ad on Petfinder.com. I fell in love with that face right off the bat. I then sent it to Bart, and he too fell for her. After filling out an online application and sending a video of our back yard, we found ourselves driving to the Kansas City Metro the next Saturday to "look" at her. We saw her, we held her, we brought her home.
On the drive home, we discussed changing her name, because Rachel to us is a pretty human name. I gave Bart naming rights, since I had had Lucy's first name picked out long before I ever met her. With Bart, we tried to think of weather-related names like "Windy" or "Stormy." I liked the idea of calling her "Velvet" or "Shadow." Bart had an interesting idea though.
Since we adopted her from a rescue in Merriam, Kansas, we decided on Dorothy Gale, after the character from The Wizard of Oz, because she was "not in Kansas anymore." Also, Gale was a little weather-related. I also wanted her name to be short and cute, so we shortened Dorothy to Dory. She's still Dorothy Gale, though, and she knows it. She'll answer to either and knows when I yell, "Dorothy Gale!!!" I mean business.
Her first day and a half at home were more than a little stressful. Lucy, always the sweet, lovable girl, didn't like Dory at first. She growled at her and wanted her out of her house. Thankfully that didn't last long. I didn't want to have to return Dory to the rescue. Within a week, Lucy was protective of her "little sister," which was a good thing. Dory had some serious separation anxiety for a while. I guess that would happen when you're dumped on the side of the road as a little baby.
Dory Today: Today Dory is a little more of a morning dog than Lucy. She has decided that she likes to chase birds. She does a little dance in the living room with a toy in her mouth when she wants Lucy to chase her. She is just about the sweetest dog I've ever known (I thought Lucy was until I met Dory), and will shower you with kisses if she thinks you're crying. She's becoming more and more of a cuddle bug as she gets older. She loves Lucy so much it's funny and she has picked up a lot of Lucy's habits, like holding a stuffed basketball in her mouth when she's sleepy.
I've Been On Dogster Since:
|September 28th 2010
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