I joined the other day but haven't found the time to post until now. Anyway, my name is Erica. I'm really bad at introductions so forgive me. Anyway, I just adopted an awesome Boston boy from the Midwest Boston Terrier Rescue on Mother's Day, and yes, he was my Mother's Day present! :) My husband and I had been talking about getting a dog for a while now. We didn't want to get a puppy because we have a 15 month old, so we wanted a dog that was a little more older. And we also live in a condo that doesn't allow big dogs. I've always been a "big dog" person, but about 7 years ago, I met my cousin's ex-fiance's Boston, Lucy, and fell in love with her, and knew that someday I would adopt a Boston! So being that we couldn't adopt a big dog, now would be the perfect timing. Anyway, back to the point, I had been looking on PetFinder and Craig's List for about a month, then I found this rescue. I live in Michigan, so I looked at all the Boston's in Michigan, and then found out that we'd have to travel to the other side of the state, so I looked in Ohio too, because they could actually be closer. I seen a lot of dogs on PetFinder, Craig's List, and through MWBTR's Michigan & Ohio dogs that I really liked, but then I came across this one awesome boy in Ohio. His name was Luke. He is 2 years old. He is house broken, good with kids, and everything in his description just made me fall in love. And he only has one eye, so on top of him seeming like the most perfect dog, I just wanted to pull him out of the pictures on my computer screen and cuddle him and let him know it's all going to be ok! I couldn't get him off my mind for a few days. HE WAS THE ONE! We called our Landlord and discussed everything with her and we got the ok. So I applied. I knew it was going to take a while because it even said on the application that the whole process usually takes about a month. Even with that knowledge, I was really excited and anxious and impatient. I kept my e-mail page up at all times, just wishing and waiting for an e-mail to pop up. After 3 days, I got an e-mail. A virtual house check was done as opposed to a regular one because we're in Michigan, the dog is in Ohio. My references were called. I talked to the Ohio Director in e-mail and on the phone. Then I talked to the dog's foster...and all systems were go! I was asked if I wanted a Mother's Day adoption, and I REALLY DID! But I wasn't sure if I was going to be able to pull it off. But, when I want something really badly, I try everything in my ability to make it work. The problem was that my husband had to work at 4pm on Mother's Day, and the drive was about 3 1/2 to 4 hours long. I couldn't find anybody to watch my son in case I wasn't back before 4pm. So I was feeling a bit disappointed. But then I thought to ask his foster what is the earliest I could come, and she said whatever time is fine. So I found a friend, talked it over with his foster, and decided I'd be leaving at 3am on Sunday. And that's what I did. We got to the foster's house around 6:30 in the morning as soon as I met Luke, I fell in love ALL over again. As soon as I seen him online, it had felt like fate had intervened. But meeting him for real...was just awesome. I was telling my friend on the drive down that I was so excited and so nervous. I was worried he wouldn't love me as much as I loved him, already! But he took to me right away. I talked to his foster while playing with him and getting to know him a little bit, and then we left around 7:30. And he walked away with me like it was meant to be (his foster's words, not mine!), and he never looked back. He was so well-behaved on the car ride home, and I was getting nervous for him to meet my 15 month old. I wanted it to work out so badly! My son has been around dogs his whole life, so I wasn't too worried about how my son would do with him, I was more worried how the dog would take to being in a new house with new people, one of those people being a hyper little boy. ;) But, as I said, it was fate. He walked into our house and family like he had been with us all along and it's been doggie bliss since the very beginning. I've renamed him to Ozzy (because I really love Ozzy Osbourne, leave me alone, k? haha) and he's done very well with it. No accidents! And he's AWESOME with my son and my son just LOVES him to bits 'n pieces...and thinks his snorting and snoring is the funniest thing EVER. So yeah, that's our story! I'm done making you read so much...now you get to just enjoy a bunch of pictures of my awesome one-eyed little boy named Ozzy!
His first day at home!
One of his most favorite toys. :)
Napping after hours of catch.
Happy boy! :)
Chillin' out after a long session of chasing the big ball! *you will see an awesome video of Ozzy & and the big ball below!*
Politely asking to play tug'o'war. :)
And here's the video of Ozzy & the big ball! It's my son's ball that he happened to really become obsessed with. Oh, and just to clarify in case any of you were concerned, yes, we smoke, you'll see our cigarettes on the kitchen table...but we don't smoke in the house. Ever. That's what we use our balcony for. :) Anyway, on to the video!
The reason my son isn't in the video is because he was napping. And I've restricted "big ball" time to my son's naptime and when he's eating in his high chair because Ozzy could easily knock him over because of his one eye. It's really easy for Ozzy to not see something, including a toddler. lol
Anyway, if our condo association allowed it, I'd already be applying to adopt another one! I've really fallen in love! I can't wait to buy a house with a big yard so I can welcome some more Boston's into our family! I've become very attached. ;) And Ozzy is seriously the best dog I have EVER had...and I've had a good number of them throughout my life (8 of them, NOT including Ozzy!). We are so blessed to have brought him into our family! A lot of people on Facebook (All my friends and family have been keeping up with him, because I was obsessing every 5 seconds about getting him before I applied, and while I was awaiting a reply! haha) have said that he's one lucky dog...but I think we're just lucky people. He is fantastic! :) I love both my sons! ;) And my husband for adopting him on Mother's Day for me!
Alright, I think I've bored you too much! If you've read this all, you're awesome and appreciate it! ;) Just wanted to say hi...got a little excited cuz I love my boys. :)