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Sunday, August 24, 2008

Not Meant to Be

Despite all our careful planning and investigating, Tehya, the rescue puppy, was not meant to be. We were thrilled to get her Friday night. All went well and she seemed none the worse for being in a new home.

But Saturday was a different story. Even with constant vigilence, we could not keep that puppy from peeing in the house. Most of it was due to over excitement which is understandable for puppies. Normally, that's not a big deal. A few days or weeks and we'd be able to teach her to always go out when she needed to. But this is not a normal time in our lives. We have a house to sell.

We called her foster mom and explained our situation. She came out right away and we talked. As much as we wanted this little girl (she is a sweetheart!) we couldn't keep up with her, not with both of us working and trying to sell a house at the same time.

The foster mom agreed to take her back. If we can sell this house quickly, they'd let us have Tehya back. If in the meantime, they find another adopter, they were more than happy to find us a different dog.

It hurt to let her go. We had wanted this for so long. But I can't begin to tell you how stressful Saturday was. At this point, we weren't being fair to ourselves or Tehya. It's been a rough week all the way around.

I keep telling myself: This too, shall come to pass. I wish it would hurry up.

In other news: Last night, we went behind several shops to dumpster dive in search of moving boxes. We found plenty of boxes and most of them were full of new BOOKS. I went through them last night and picked out the ones I wanted. Most of them are children's books or YA. I have local friends who write or illustrate for YA so I am passing these books on to them. The rest, I'll donate to women's shelters.

We kept: one writing book, several books on animals and dinosaurs, and one audio tape of Mozart. A very good haul considering we weren't expecting it.


Marianne Arkins said...

Oh... so sorry about the puppy.

And.. wait... people threw away BOOKS???? Why would you do that? There are a zillion places to donate them.


Maria Zannini said...

Hi Marianne,

Thankfully, the rescue people will try to hold the puppy for at least a month. It takes that long to process any new applications.

Ref: books
I know. Can you believe that? There are a lot of less fortunate people who would appreciate those books.

Makes you wonder how often this is done. At least I saved five big boxfuls.

Tia Nevitt said...

Those books were most likely publisher "returns". When the store can't sell the books, they report the non-sale to the publisher and they get their money back. They used to have to rip the covers off and send them in to prove that the books were destroyed. Not anymore, I guess.

Maria Zannini said...

As far as I know, it's still the policy to rip off the covers. I think the store dumpster where I found them was Tuesday Morning. It generally carries discontinued merchandise.

Maybe once it gets to one of these last chance places, the policy no longer applies. ???