Sunday, June 26, 2011

Sweet Boy Roy

Today I felt like a new mother, going to pick up my adopted child.
The excitement.  The anticipation.
And the fear.
Was this the right thing to do?
So soon?
Would another dog fit in our household?  Could we love him? Could we give him a happy life??
Would it feel right??

I had been perusing all the dogs available online at and then finally, I decided to email Out of the Pits, the rescue in Albany.  I asked them about their dogs.  Told them we were looking for an older dog, one who was good with children, one who would be OK here during the day, keeping my mother company, and ready for walks when we got home.
We love pits.  They are the sweetest, most lovable dogs.

So we met the lady who runs this amazing agency, Out of the Pits, at Petsmart.  She brought 7 year old Roy, an "old style" pit bull, who looks just like my first pit bull, Chickiwu.

Good with kids, laid back, with a sweet temperament.  #1 granddaughter approves.

We walked him through Petsmart, and not once did he get excited, or upset, at all the other dogs.

It wasn't a hard decision.  He has been in foster care and then a kennel, for a year.

After a trip to the pet store for food and treats, we three were on our way home.

It wasn't long before he decided a nap was in order.  I hope that means that he was feeling safe already.

But if there was any doubt about whether the time was right, when we got home, that fear was put to rest.

 Someone to talk to, to think about, someone to love.

When we are gone during the day, she needs a little company.
And this guy is perfect.

I think I love this boy already.  He hasn't barked yet, not once, even when people with dogs walked by.
I took him for a long walk, and he walked like a prince, on a mission, no problems.

He immediately jumped up on Eddie's chair, where Eddie loved to lie and look out the window, nose on the window sill, smelling the fresh air.
He seemed to be saying, "Hey, this is really nice."

I think Roy has come home, and I think we have done the right thing.....for him, for us, for my mother.
Our house isn't empty tonight, all for the love of a dog.
I know my Eddie would approve.


Karen said...

ooh, Hilary, I'm crying over here.

A love story, this is....

TexWisGirl said...

Oh, hallelujah! That last photo says it all. He's home. Finally... God bless all of you!!!

Denise at Autumn Sky said...

This brings tears to my eyes. He looks so content and happy to have a new family. No question, you made the right decision for everyone.

Anonymous said...

I am glad you have opened your heart & home. He seems perfect.

Gayle said...

Oh for the love of a doggie. He is perfect. I know he is beyond happy to have such a wonderful home now. No more foster/shelter, he has a HOME!
{{{to you all}}}

Marsel said...

So glad for all of you!

LA said...

Roy has hit the jackpot: so much love ALL for him! Bless you!

Anonymous said...

So happy for all of you!! Such a touching blog. I have to go get some tissues. Deb from Cobleskill

Delighted Hands said...

I knew you had enough love; so glad you had enough courage to do this!

Anonymous said...

Big old lump in my throat and I am crying happy tears for your, DH, your mama and the grandkids... and ROY too! Just sooo happy for you!

Joan said...

♥ Beautiful!

Deb said...

This looks like a 'meant to be' ending. So happy for your family and I love to see another one saved. So much 'joy with Roy' ahead. Give him a hug for me, too. Deb=^..^=x4

claudia w said...

Oh my goodness Roy is absolutely perfect for you all and you all are perfect for him! I love a story like this! You are all so lucky to have each other.

jaimieb said...

Me too, I am crying tears of joy for you. Thinking about kismet, maybe Eddie knew the right time to bow out so that Roy could step in. I think our pets know what we need more than we do at times.

Cindie said...

Oh, lucky Roy, and lucky for you and your family to have found him.

Cupcake Murphy said...

What a handsome boy. Looks like Billy Dee Williams.

That Janie Girl said...

Oh....he's beautiful! And you're right, I think he's home. His forever home. A good place to be!

Reena said...

Roy is one lucky boy to have found you and your family!

Stickhorsecowgirls said...

What a handsome lad Roy is! Makes my heart smile. I'm so glad you found each other--my last two dogs I found on Petfinders! Roy looks so happy!


Tammy said...

I think it's wonderful that you've found another fur baby to fill your home with more love. He sounds so sweet and his pictures are adorable. I'm sure he appreciates you so much for saving him and giving him a forever home. Just awesome!!

Connie in Hartwood said...

Dear Roy,

Congratulations on finding your new home and your new family. You will soon find out, if you haven't already, that these people are wonderful and that you will be really, REALLY happy with them.


P.S. Hilary, do you know how rare it is for a rescue to get a call from an adopter requesting an older dog? You truly ARE one in a million. I'm thrilled that Roy fit in so well on his first day ... you know Eddie sent him, right?

Carol said...

Thank you for a wonderful story to wake up to...the pictures and story brought tears of happiness for you and your family and Roy...the pictures of your grand-daughter and your Mom are priceless. Roy looks so happy and content. What a great thing to do...for you and for Roy! And Eddie...he is now truly resting in peace...his people are going to be OK. Man, I am just so pleased for all of you...made my day!

KarenInTheWoods said...

Eddie on on the CCN line
(Canine Communication Network)
call from Doggie Heaven:

Eddie: "Hey Roy, got a job for you"
Roy says: "Sure thing, Eddie!"

Nuff said.

Restless Knitter said...

He looks like he's belonged there for years. Perfect match :)

Nancy said...

Love a happy ending (sniff)

Leslie said...

I adopted my 14 1/2 yo pit back in February and I have not, for one single moment, regretted it. Pits are the best dogs. I was so pleased to read your post and love your Roy. What a happy smile he has!

I know that Eddie is cheering you on. Keep us updated on your boy because I, for one, can't get enough pit love.

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Country Girl said...

I think it's kismet.

Debi said...

I love this story. Maybe his name should be "lucky" because he is a lucky dog. He has found his home. Debi

Hilary said...

Awww.. he's perfect. :)

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