Just a quick back story:
If you are not a regular follower or visitor to my blog, Haylee is a dog who was surrendered to CT Humane back in October 2010, I believe. She was a victim of domestic violence and once the women decided to leave her abuser, she did not want to leave Haylee there. We are thankful of her decision. Haylee was doing quite well at the shelter, but the environment was not conducive for a dog like her. Not enough stimulation and not enough exercise. She took on behaviors that are not fit for a 'regular' adoptive home.
So, we got Haylee out of the shelter and we brought her to a sanctuary. We felt it wouldn't fit her needs and didn't leave here there. She couldn't go back to shelter, so a co-volunteer Patty & her husband Doug, took her to their home. A CT Humane friend found the place in NC and we contacted them to see if they'd accept her and they said yes! We planned a trip down, but in the meantime, a potential adopter in NJ came to us. We tried an interaction, but his 14 year old bull terrier was just too fragile for Haylee. So we once again approached NC and they said yes again. Patty and Doug had to say a tearful goodbye to their favorite bully after taking such wonderful care of her!!
This Wednesday, Gretchen, Haylee and I started the 7 hour drive to Chesapeake, VA where we would stay the night before going to sanctuary on Thursday. Here are some photos (mind you, they were taking on my cell phone, so don't mind the quality)
Haylee tethered in the car:
And this is why.......making her way onto Gretchen's lap....
Then making her way onto mine!!!
Finally, she settled in the middle
We checked into the hotel. OOPS! We called her a 49 lbs black lab/terrier mix!!
And, we only let her break 'some' of the rules!!
But, she had to nuzzle on Gretchen's ear a little!!
(You can't see her, but she's giving Gretchen a 'wet willy' !!
Thankfully, there was a local park where dogs were welcome.
So we took some laps....
and lapped some water!
We were lucky enough to leave the park right before a HUGE rainstorm!
We had to sit in the car for 10 minutes outside Chipotle before we could go get dinner
And, as we were driving back....we saw a beautiful rainbow and we prayed that Haylee's pot of gold was waiting for her in Knotts Island, NC
Thursday morning we woke up and went right to the park again for more exercise. Then, as a 'ode' to my husband, we went to Waffle House, across the street from our hotel.
And wouldn't you know it?? Because I despise Waffle House.......Yes...it IS a HAIR...under my Waffle!!!
After, almost puking about the hair...checked out of hotel and made our way to Knotts Island. But before we got there, we stopped at a great park in Virginia Beach for a final walk around
And...one more dip in the water.
We arrived at noon on Thursday and spent about 2 1/2 hours with the two girls that run the sanctuary.
Where they live borders a wildlife refuge, so they are able to use the swamp area for the dogs. Yes....VERY MUDDY.......but the dogs don't care. They were SOOOOO happy.
But, with a heavy heart and tears, we had to say goodbye to our girl Haylee and pray she can learn better behaviors down there in order to be given a chance at an adoptive home. We headed out and drove until Salisbury, MD and had to stop for dinner and toast our 4-legged friend.
We love you Haylee!!!!
Thanks for your visit!