Our second unusual lab meeting took place in the Prius on our way home from Hearts United for Animals (HUA), close to Auburn, Nebraska, a small town about 60 miles south of Omaha.
HUA is an animal shelter with a huge facility, and they save dogs and cats in Nebraska and from around the US. They have a very large ranch-like facility, in a beautiful rural area staffed with many dedicated workers and volunteers. My understanding is that they pride themselves on saving all animals of all ages–from puppies bred under horrific conditions at “puppy mills” to strays and older dogs that some owners can no longer care for. Very impressive!
This was “the” visit, where my kids and I came to see a specific dog whose current name is Vi. We were looking for a dog with Labrador features, but since we have no particular interest in “purebreds,” we were simply searching for a medium-to-large sized dog with a nice temperament who is friendly with kids. What we found was a mixture of Labrador with a dog with a a similar temperament, from the Pointer family, called a Vizsla.
Initially, Vi was a little shy with us, but within half an hour, she was chasing down balls, and getting tummy rubs. We spent about 2 hours at the HUA, and when we piled back into the Prius, it was all over but the voting. The Lab meeting committee admitted the candidate immediately–what a gorgeously cute and affectionate dog! I was delegated as chair of the training committee, having had previous experience. My kids are co-chairing the naming committee–a committee to which I was not invited to join–possibly due to my quirky sense of humor. In any case, pending a house inspection by the agency, it’s a done deal for early August.
Just as an aside, before I put up a few choice photos, I wish that the backgrounds checks for gun owners in this country were half as thorough as the way HUA checks out families that want to adopt.
I’m even planning to take off a few days from work to help her settle in. Big excitement in the family.