Saturday, February 21, 2015

Hello Heloise

We weren't planning to add a new family member when we went to PetCo last Tuesday. We were just shopping for pet food. We love to look at the adoptable animals though, so we stopped into the adoption center Kansas City Pet Project has in the store to visit the pets.

We went into one room of dogs where I spotted an old lady named Heloise. She was 11 years old and just broke my heart. I had to leave; it killed me to see her there. We went around to see the rest of the pets then finished our shopping.

Lee ran into her again while a volunteer was taking her out for a bathroom break. The volunteer told him what a sweet dog she was and that if he knew of anybody looking to adopt, to tell them about her. He came back to where I was shopping and said, "We have to adopt that dog." My response? "Okay."

We finished our shopping and took our stuff out to the car. On the way back in, the volunteer was outside with another dog. Lee told her we knew of someone who wanted to adopt the old dog: Us. She was so happy she started to cry. We went back to the KCPP adoption area, asked a few questions (Is she cat safe? Does she like other dogs?) and filled out the paperwork.

We then went shopping some more. This geriatric princess was about to be spoiled. We bought her a bed, a collar and leash, a bowl, some toys, and a pretty pink jacket. She was going home in style.

Freedom Ride

She has settled in nicely at home.

Look at me! I can sit on the furniture!
 She is getting along with the cats and they are accepting her. Stilwell keeps rubbing up against her.

Heloise and Stilwell helping Dad build a fire.

 Harvey is very interested in her, too.

Harvey getting a sniff of the new dog.

All of the cats love her bed.

There's a line to test out the dog bed.
We've already taken her shopping for some new clothes. What girl doesn't need a Hello Kitty hat?

We've all gotten quite comfortable with our new arrangement. Heloise is sweet and friendly. No matter what her life was like before, she will know love and what it's like to have a family for her senior years.


  1. Congratulations!
    Gus, Pearl, and Jaq

  2. I prefer to wish congratulations to the people not the pet, like one would say to the groom and not the bride.. but in this particular instance Heloise really did luck out, so congratulations Heloise..

  3. Thank you thank you thank youThank you thank you thank you Thank you thank you thank youThank you thank you thank you Liz S

  4. Congrats to all of you!!! She sure looks very happy

  5. This is a PERFECT love story! <3 Yay You! Yay Heloise! Yay YOU!

  6. So happy for you and her and for the whole family!

  7. i'm so happy for you!!! and your pup and your entire family! What a beautiful story and i'm so happy Heloise has a forever home with such love and siblings to boot! I'd hate to find out how she became a doggie up for adoption. Bless u all!!!

  8. A BIG congratulations on your new family member! I had to MOL at the Hello Kitty hat!

  9. Congratulations! She looks very pleased with her choice of humans.

  10. God bless you for making room in your heart and home for Heloise. I am the Dr. in charge of the health of the adoptable pets at Petco and know what a truly sweet spirit she has. She is so lucky to have found you!

  11. Moms eyes are leaky after reading this beautiful story! Heloise sure did choose well when she choose you! She looks so happy - and I LOVE her HK hat! I know Seb had a hand in this - he's watching over his family & making sure other anipals get to know the love he was given!
    Love yoo my furiends!

  12. Ohhhh I could just JUMP through the computer and HUG YOU TO PIECES!! Welcome Heloise!!!!!!!! (Our Sheltie, is sooo, you have to start reading his blog for give-aways for her lol)

    In all seriousness, you are sooooo special and what a beautiful girl she is! So happy that everyone is adjusting too.

    I can't stop crying, this soooooooooo made my day! ((((hugs))))

  13. This made me cry happy tears. Bless you for welcoming sweet Heloise into your loving home. I think that you are all very, very lucky to have each other!
    P.S. And thanks to Caren Gittleman for sharing your post via Twitter.

  14. Concatulations on your new family member. I'm sure Heloise will be spoiled rotten and will thoroughly enjoy her remaining years.

  15. Congratulations on your new family member. How wonderful of you and so very lucky for Heloise.

  16. OMC! This is the best adoption story. Congrats to you on your new family member.

  17. Bless your hearts! Congratulations on the newest family member!

  18. god bless your wonderful family. i love happy endings!! <3