Adoption Update: Paris!

by Hilary Bentley • Posted in: Where are they now

Paris had a long history with APA! She was adopted from us as a puppy and returned a year and half later for just being a normal mischievous dog. She was pretty confused and scared when she came back to us, but she quickly came out of her shell and won the hearts of every single volunteer and staff member. After 5 months of living at our shelter, in April, she went home. It’s a story that reminds us how it’s always worth it to wait, to give every dog a chance and indefinite time to find its perfect match, because we can’t imagine Paris in any other love story.

Here’s what the adopter wrote to us:

“I just wanted to take a few minutes to thank you…. you all do so much, every day ….Most of all, I want to thank you for Paris. She has been with me for 3 1/2 months now and I can not tell you what a difference this little girl has made in my life.

From the moment she first got in the car with us to go home, she has just been the best girl. On that car ride home, she showed no visible fear or anxiety, no pacing, no barking no nothing…..I think she was just thinking to herself ‘what the heck is going on???’. When we got home she came in to the house and just stood there. really…she just stood there for hours. She would maybe move a little to the left or a little to the right, and if I left the room she would follow me, but other than that, she just stood there. I guess she just didn’t know what to do….In fact, she stood by the bed for a good part of that first night, until I woke up and realized what she was doing. I felt so bad I slept on the floor with her.

Things have changed a lot since then…..She sure knows what to do now. It took a few weeks, but she is now feeling completely at home..(I think she is anyway…She is not one to show much emotion one way or the other). She slowly started to relax and to figure out how to be herself in her new environment, and soon enough little doggie behaviors and her sweet personality started to emerge…… Now, she doesn’t stand by the bed, she owns the bed…and that’s alright with me :).

I honestly can not figure out why she was hard to place. She is an incredibly well behaved dog. So easy to live with and even easier to love. Maybe that is because of all the love and time and patience you all gave her during her time with you….I don’t know, I just know that she is just the best girl on earth. She is so easygoing….Whatever you want her to do is alright with her….you want her to run with you? She’ll run….You want her to get in the car? She’ll get in the car and just sit there quietly…You want her to get in the crate? She walks right in…You want her to play? She’ll play with you…or even just play by herself with her toys…..You want to take a nap?? She will take a nap with you (she does snore really really loud)… I think she is just happy being a part of our lives.

Selfishly, I am glad that she stayed with you all for as long as she did because it allowed me to find her. Funny how things work out sometimes. I believe that we are exactly what each other needs.

Her favorite time is weekend mornings, because that’s when she gets to go to Walnut Creek and play with her friend Frannie. I let her off leash there after having her for about 6 weeks and again she was perfect. I was a little nervous at first but felt pretty sure she would be OK. and she was. I can not even describe to you what it was like to watch her that first day (really, to watch her every time we go). She was so full of joy at being free to run and sniff. Such a beautiful girl just running through the woods, looking like a thoroughbred and taking joy in being a dog. She really is something to watch.

I just want you to know that she is well cared for, gets lots of belly rubs and exercise and playtime….and is the center of the universe. She is very much loved.

I am grateful for all you did for her, and for you trusting me with her. She is a gift.

Attaching a few pictures of Paris doing her favorite things…..(ok, so maybe there are more than a few..:) )

Thank you so much for all that you.
Laurie and Paris”


11 Responses to "Adoption Update: Paris!"

  1. merrysays: July 19, 2011 at 12:15 pm

    sounds like she was in the wrong place to begin with and her behavior wasn’t her fault. then, she came back and waited for her person to come get her. i love happy ending stories like this. glad for adopters like you, laurie. tummy rubs to paris.

  2. Melodysays: July 19, 2011 at 12:31 pm

    Tears of joy welling in my eyes. Lucky girl Paris. May she spend all of her days with Laurie!

  3. Marlenesays: July 19, 2011 at 12:53 pm

    What a beautiful story!!! So Happy for the two of them. The picture’s show such a happy and content dog, being cared for and loved the way they all should be. Makes all the struggles that the shelter’s go through to place these animals in good homes worth it all. Thank’s for sharing this story, made my day!!!

  4. Christine Santimoresays: July 19, 2011 at 1:25 pm

    To All of you at Austin Pets Alive….

    I am a dog lover and live in Ocala, FL. My sister, Maureen Parks, has recently become involved with your cause…so much so that she has taken one of her pals into her home and attends classes with “Bonita” to build this beautiful dog’s confidence and make her adoptable. From all that Maureen has shared with me, I am so glad that there are so many dedicated people that willingly give of themselves in order to save, rehabilitate and find forever homes for these loving animals. This particular update about Paris is heartwarming and I just wanted to extend my gratitude and appreciation for all that you ALL do. I only wish that I lived closer so that I, too, could help make a difference.

    With Gratitude,
    Chris Santimore

  5. Matt Kellysays: July 19, 2011 at 5:08 pm

    Laurie and I are truly blessed to have Paris. She’s a constant joy and reminder of unconditional love. (Even when she tries to evict me from my favorite chair, my half of the bed).

  6. DottyGsays: July 19, 2011 at 10:13 pm

    What an absolutely beautiful, touching story. I’m so glad Paris found such a loving home. Sounds like it’s the perfect match. Give her some headbumps from me and my kitties! :-)

  7. Sarahsays: July 20, 2011 at 11:57 am

    What a great story and a perfect ending for Paris!! :)

  8. Dawn Erinsays: July 20, 2011 at 7:06 pm

    So happy for that sweet girl! Such a touching story. It makes all the work we do worthwhile to hear things like this!

  9. Sandy Obergsays: July 21, 2011 at 3:06 pm

    You and Paris were meant to be together :) We too, adopted the most awesome Pit cross last March, who had been fostered for several months before. She was labeled dog aggressive which might as well have been her death sentence. Carla Chavez, her foster mom, knew deep down that this precious girl was not that dog and posted her on FB, where I saw her silly face! LadyBug aka Bugs had my heart from the moment I saw her. My obstacle then – was convincing Carla to trust me and bring Bugs to my home to see what happens. You see – I have 4 Shelties and another Pit cross here – I knew they would be fine with Bugs. After several emails and phone calls, Carla made the trip, and the rest is history! Bugs LOVES her new brothers and sisters, and seems like she has been with us forever. She is the most joyful pup we have ever owned and her smile is contagious! We can’t imagine our lives without her:) I am so happy for you and Paris : Hugs for your both! Sandy

  10. austinpetsalivesays: July 21, 2011 at 3:24 pm

    Oh wow, Sandy, thank you for posting your story about Ladybug! I remember all of the networking that Carla did for her last year and have always wondered what happened to poor Ladybug, who was living in someone’s garage temporarily. I’m so happy to hear how well she is doing. Thank you for saving her!

  11. Cassiesays: July 27, 2011 at 12:15 am

    A million thanks for posting this ionmfration.