About a week ago, I was randomly looking at all the available dogs on our county's animal center website. I found this yellow lab named Angel who looked so unbelievably depressed and lonely in her picture. We knew we were going to get a dog eventually since we moved into our own house, but we were planning to wait until after Sam started school and were all used to the new routine. But after I saw this poor dog's picture all those plans went out the window.
I called the shelter and they told me that Angel was on a stray hold (she had a microchip and they were in the process of contacting the previous owners to see if they wanted her back). Nobody ever responded to them and they put her up for adoption. We got her the first day she was available.
She is the perfect dog. I can't find anything bad to say about her. Nothing. And I don't think I have ever been around a dog that did not have at least one fault. She is so great with the kids, patient, doesn't bark, doesn't push past anyone on the stairs, doesn't stare at you while you eat....it's kind of weird how great she is. The kids are also in love with her, of course. Sam walks her by himself and he is so proud that she is his dog.
But here's the heartbreaking part: Last night I got an email from the shelter saying that Angel's previous owner got in touch and wants Angel back. The information on the microchip was not up to date when she went missing, which is why they did not claim her.
I'm sick about it. Totally disgusted. Giving her back is the right thing to do, and that is what we will do, but that doesn't mean that it doesn't still suck. I wish things had not worked out like this. We are crushed.