Yesterday, in addition to it being St Patrick's Day, it was also Callie's 5th Gotcha Day!
Five years ago I adopted that red Australian Cattle Dog that had been at the shelter for over a year. Adopted out twice and returned. Admittedly, she was more of a challenge than I was prepared for.
It's surprising how fast that five years has gone. We've been through a lot, good times and not so good times, have seen many fosters come and go to their loving forever homes and seen a few dogs come and stay! We've traveled north, south and east, stayed in hotels when we had to and pitched our tent many, many times while wandering in the wilderness (our favorite activity!).
Callie was a challenge in the beginning, so much of a challenge that a rescue I contacted for assistance suggested that it might be better if she was euthanized. All that did was make me more determined to work with Callie and to learn with her.
It hasn't always been easy but there is no way I will ever give up on her. We make it work.
Happy Gotcha Day Callie!