|A sleepy-dirty horse|
The dogs' reactions were so funny! They have seen a few horses on our hikes, but never this many so close. Kaya walked along as normal, but every time a horses popped its head over their stall door she would startle and then continue on as if it never happened. Norman considered it his personal mission to try and reach every single horse's nose to give them a kiss. And in typical Shaka fashion, she was totally unfazed. She walked along as if she had seen a million horses and been there a hundred times already. I had Tamara hold her leash so she could see what she's like to handle. She was thrilled at the prospect of having a dog that she could bring with her to the barn every day.
|Whoah, that's a big puppy.|
|Come down here horse-face, I want to kiss you!|
Then it came time to meet her girls, Lexi and her mom, Tickles. They were gorgeous horses and happy to meet the dogs. Norman and Shaka moved in for a sniff, while Kaya whined her little head off because she wanted her run around and check everything out at her own pace:/
|The beautiful Lexi.|
|Can I interest you in a kiss?|
|Shaka: Are you my new horse? Norman: Give her a kiss.|
|Tickles - Lexi's momma|
|Kaya: I'm bored, I'm bored, imbored imbored imbored. Shaka: I'm cool. This works for me.|
So then we went on a hike so Tamara could see how fun Shaka is off-leash and she was pretty much beside herself with excitement. She took a million pictures of her and started sending some to her boyfriend, who also has a pittie and lives in L.A. She pretty much thought everything Shaka did was adorable. I gave her some treats so Shaka marched along beside her and showed off her best obedience skills. Then the 3 dogs found a pool of water to splash around in and a few other dogs came and went. Shaka, of course, was super sweet to all of them which Tamara loved. She made a quick phone call to her boyfriend and told him, "I think I have a dog!"
As we headed back to the barn, Tamara confirmed that she definitely wanted to adopt Shaka so we agreed that she would take her home that night. I planned to meet up with her in 2 weeks to take Shaka to her spay appointment and we'd sign the adoption papers then!
|Shaka checking out her new person.|
Once back at the barn, we let the dogs watch the horses run loose in the arena. We stood right by the fence, but none of them were interested by the galloping and bucking horses. Shaka and Norman actually lied down for a nap, while Kaya looked around, bored. We talked for a while longer, but it started getting late. Tamara was off to Pet Club to buy Shaka all new supplies and her favorite food.
|Kaya & Norman watching a horse while we talked for too long in the parking lot.|
|Kaya: I can do that. Let me show you horse. Norman: I want to kiss you horse.|
I thought I would have been really sad to see her go, but knowing that she was going to her perfect home and would be loved and cherished for the rest of her life made it so much easier. At one point she buried her head in my lap and we both thought it was so sweet and sad. Then I realized I had the treats in my sweatshirt pocket and she was simply sniffing them out. So Shaka jumped in Tamara's car and lied down on the seat, just as she had done the day that I met her. She was all ready to go.
|Tamara sent me this photo the next morning of Shaka enjoying her new bed.|