Yes, just in time for Christmas, little one-eyed Irene has been adopted. I took the photo of Irene with Alayne last week, a few moments before she left in a TLC Pet Transport van for her new home in Washington, D.C. Ironically, the same TLC Pet Transport driver who brought her out to us from Kentucky, Doug, was the same one who drove Irene to her new family.
Lois H., a longtime friend and supporter of the sanctuary, had asked a few weeks ago if she could adopt Irene. Of course, we were delighted at the prospect! At that point it was just an issue of arranging transportation to D.C. and scheduling the trip with TLC. Lois emailed the morning Irene showed up in our nation's captial to say, "Our Christmas angel arrived a while ago, in the good hands of Doug! Irene is just adorable, came in with tail wagging full speed and has been having a grand time checking out her new surroundings. So far, she thinks this will be an OK place to be! We are thrilled to have her here at last!"
We hadn't said anything yet on the blog because we wanted to have a photo showing Irene with her new family when we posted the news, and on Sunday night Lois sent this wonderful photo of Irene with Lois' grandchildren, Lela and Finn, and her husband Ed:
In a subsequent email, Lois wrote, "She stays very close to me, wherever I go in the house, and loses no opportunity to give kisses - I don't think there is a doggie kiss left in the whole state of NH as Irene brought them all with her!"
And in another note this morning, Lois emailed to say, "Irene is a pure delight, in every way! She has now made friends with the dog next door and the two of them race back and forth along the fence with tails wagging and friendly little nips and paws under the fence."
Speaking of kisses, here she is kissing Alayne last week while we were taking photos:
Hard to believe that just barely two months ago, Irene was going to be euthanized -- and now here she is, loved and adored by a new family all her own.
Lois, thank you for adopting this little girl!
$1,000 Weekly Winner Again -- Thank You!
Because of all of your votes, we were the weekly winner for week 3 again in the Shelter Challenge -- and that brought in another $1,000 gift for the animals here! Thank you so much!
The new Shelter Challenge started October 3rd and ends at midnight on December 18th. Grand prize in this round is $5,000, plus $1,000 for weekly winners and $1,000 for state winners. There are also other categories ... please see the Shelter Challenge website for details.
And remember, you can vote every day, so consider bookmarking the voting page to make it easy.
You can vote in the Shelter Challenge here.
Please note: Use Rolling Dog Ranch for our name and NH for the state and our listing will come up. [Yes, we are still listed as Rolling Dog Ranch for the purposes of the contest, not Rolling Dog Farm.]
Please help us win more money for the animals here by voting every day, and by encouraging your family, friends and colleagues to vote every day, too. Thank you!