Pearl – A Love Story

Sorry for taking so long to update. Those darn puppies have me coming and going. You do realize that the folks don’t take care of the puppies. Its all me. I have to let them climb on me and go herd them into their baby corral. I’m busy I tell ya. However, I’m not to busy to tell you some good news!

Pearl having a good day

Do you remember Momma talking about my brother having Shaky Puppy Syndrome? He wasn’t the only one who had it. Pearl, one of the two girls,  also has this. Only she is a bit worse than Patch. Pearl runs and plays and then suddenly her legs seize up. She kind of flops to the side because she can’t hold herself up. Her legs go stiff in front of her and she looks like a teddy bear. She is beautiful and has a special place in everyone’s heart. Momma, Big Dog and Momma Sheri were all worried about finding just the right family for Pearl. If the right family didn’t come along, she would have lived with us and I would have a sister instead of a brother.

Most people want puppies who are “perfect” No dog is perfect. Yet, some have quirks that many wouldn’t find endearing at all. No everyone is like that. Enter Kayla and Josh and their dog, Hailey. They were zooming around the internet and found Pearl. They fell in love right away. They contacted Momma Sheri who had my Momma get a hold of her. After all they live here and Momma can brag all about the puppies. Momma talked to Kayla and loved her spirit! She told Kayla about Pearls going floppy. How she seizes and everything else. Momma was brutally honest about Pearl. Its better someone know all about her “quirks” and be able to make a decision. Kayla told Momma that she sounded adorable and she has some ideas of some kind of training Pearl might have down the line. She wanted to know when they could meet our Pearl. A time was set for a meet and all we had to do was wait. Everyone was pretty excited and nervous about the whole thing.

The folks wanted Pearl to look and SMELL her best, so she need a bath. Thank goodness it wasn’t bath time for me. I’m not a big fan. Anyway, Momma put Pearl in the sink and scrubbed her down. Pearl was not impressed. This made Pearl stress out and of course went floppy and her legs were straight and she couldn’t walk right. I tried to nudge her along when I could. That was my Momma’s plan all along. She knew Pearl would get stressed and turn floppy. She explained to Big Dog that if Pearls new folks were going to meet her, its best to meet her at her worst. That way they would know what they were signing up for.

They got here and Momma flew to the door with Pearl. Kayla, Josh and big fur sister Hailey were so darn nice. Kayla took one look at Pearl and did that, “Awwwwww” Momma held Pearl for a while so she could smell Kayla and be a bit more comfortable. Heck, this family was so sweet my Momma wanted to go home with them. Pearl was put on the ground and she walked and flopped. There was a little gasp from her new family, understandably so. Pearl tried her hardest to walk and they flopped. The folks all talked about Pearl and Momma and Big Dog explained a bit more about her quirks. They said that Pearl would be fine after a nap. You would never know she was floppy. Her new folks both held her and big sister Hailey got to sniff her a bit. I broke Pearl in with playing with bigger dogs. So she wasn’t really afraid of Hailey. More curious and cautious.

I "borrowed" this off Kayla's wall. Pearl sleeping in the car.

It was decided that Pearl had a new family!! Yippee! Tail wags around!! They were so darn happy to have her. When Momma and Big Dog said good bye it was a little hard for them. They love all the puppies, but Pearl had a special place in their hearts. Now Pearl has a special place in her new families heart!!

That is not the end of the story. Kayla send Momma a note last night all about Pearl. Momma asked if she could share it on my blog. We know that many of you have been following Pearl’s journey. Kayla was gracious and said the note could be shared.


I wanted to fill you in on our evening.
Pearl cried for a bit in the car at first, so I decided to hold her for awhile. She slept for about an hour and then Josh needed a bathroom break, so we stopped at a rest area to let the dogs run around and stretch their legs. We saw what you meant about Pearl being recharged after a nap. She was bouncing all over Hailey, and they both had a ball! The second half of the ride, Pearl wanted to ride in the back with Hailey and they bonded quite a bit I think

Since we’ve been home, we’ve all had dinner and Pearl’s gone potty like normal. And only outside! Hailey is just in love with her. Pearl has been pouncing on her and she’s soaking up the attention. They just started to play tug of war with each other. So far, no issues with her back legs, and she’s been playing quite a bit.

Josh and I feel like our little family found a missing piece. She hasn’t stopped making us smile! We thank you so much for giving her such a loving home to grow in, and for trusting us to carry on. She will be truly loved here forever!

I will get pictures up as soon as I get the chance!

Thank you again, we are so so thankful she’s a part of our life now. However, she’ll always be a part of yours! We’ll keep you updated, I’ll post tons of pictures and next time we’re in town, we’ll bring her along to say hi!

P.S. this morning was even better than last night, after I fed the “kids”, I made our breakfast and miss pearl slept at my feet. She even kept my toes warm while I did the dishes (and usually everyone flees the kitchen about that time to avoid the possibility of having to help) I very much enjoyed the company!”

Pearl and her new family.

About katie

I was rescued from a hard life on a reservation in southern Montana. Big Dog and Mama brought me into their den to help me learn how to be a great citizen. I have to thank Miss Sheri for bringing me into town and introducing me to Big Dog and Mama. This is my story and I am sticking to it.


Pearl – A Love Story — 8 Comments

  1. You are a great foster dog helper Katie. I bet they learned gobbs of skills from your torment, oops…play! Thanks for sharing her story with us.

  2. This actually made me cry, but they are tears of happiness! I was so worried about Pearl and if we didn’t have such an old boy ourselves and live just a few states away I would have stopped over for coffee and to take her home. I am so thrilled she found such a perfect forever home, you have made one special puppy a very happy girl, and one family thrilled with their new baby. :) xoxo

    • Momma said that you would have taken on Pearl or Patch but Mr. Tucker is a bit old for that kind of nonsense. Its nice to see the pictures of how happy they are. Also, we get to follow her as she grows up on Facebook!!

    • She really is. I don’t think we could have asked for a better home. All that fretting and worrying for nothing. Momma and Big Dog are hoping that the rest of the kids find homes this weekend. Salem, the black one, is leaving on Saturday for Helena.

  3. Awwwwwwwwwww…. this almost made me cry. What a sweet story and the picture of Pearl napping on her way home is just precious. You all did a good thing!

    • Isn’t that a sweet picture? That was one of Big Dog’s favorites. She is a good snuggler. We didn’t do anything. If anything, it gave me some extra fur kids to torment play with.

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