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20 May 2010 @ 02:57 am
New here! :)  

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. :)

Brotherly love!

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. :)
I am feeling: lovedin love!
Karol Ann Moorekam0520 on May 20th, 2010 12:23 pm (UTC)
awww this is just too precious! I'm so glad you found ozzy and he found you!

I love seeing him bounce around with the ball! It's too cute. Congrats on your new baby!
Ericaohboy09 on May 21st, 2010 07:42 am (UTC)
Thank you! I'm glad the post was coherent. I was tired. :-p

I'm so glad I found him. I'm in absolute love with him. :)
Alanalook_its_alana on May 20th, 2010 01:08 pm (UTC)
What you call "big ball" we call "Riding the Ball" haha! My Smudge does the same thing!!!

Congrats on your new fur baby, it seems you two were meant to find each other :)
Ericaohboy09 on May 21st, 2010 07:44 am (UTC)
I had no idea that Boston's loved those big balls. It was my son's ball, but Ozzy accidentally discovered it and claimed it as his own. And I've since seen lots of pictures and videos of Boston's playing with the big balls! haha It's so awesomely funny though!

And thank you. I definitely think it was meant to be. The whole thing just worked out way too easily. haha
tinytadpoletinytadpole on May 20th, 2010 01:16 pm (UTC)
welcome to the community guys! Can't wait to see more pics of you and Ozzy! Congrats on your new arrival!
Ericaohboy09 on May 21st, 2010 07:44 am (UTC)
Thank you! I already have new pictures that I'll be glad to share...after I go to bed, wake up, do the routine thing with my son and Ozzy, and then when naptime comes around...I'll be here. ;)
Nancieeicnan on May 20th, 2010 01:24 pm (UTC)
I'm a big dog person too but have found Bostons are just big dogs trapped in little bodies. They're perfect for people who want big dogs but less maintenance =)
Ericaohboy09 on May 21st, 2010 07:47 am (UTC)
I know! I mean NO OFFENSE to anybody who have a love for small dogs...but they, for the most part, just really drive me up the wall. But I lovelovelovelovelove big dogs....but I knew that Boston's were the coolest small dogs ever after I met the previously mentioned Lucy. The husband is a big dog person too, but I had expressed to him many moons ago that I wanted a Boston someday, and told him that they're big dogs in a little body. And they really are! :)

Once we get a house with a nice big fenced yard, I will be the crazy dog lady with my 6 kids (5 of them do not exist yet), 5 Bostons, Great Dane, Pit Bull, and Doberman. hahaha Oh, and the dog rescue that I want to start someday.

I talk a lot. Sorry. :-p
Genevieve: Hog & Clementine Crownsalwaysgenevieve on May 20th, 2010 02:49 pm (UTC)
what a great story!! Ozzy is adorable and that is awesome he walked away with you like he knew you were his forever mama!

My dog Hogwarts does the same exact thing with his ball. We call it "riding the ball"

riding his ball.. yea i know
Ericaohboy09 on May 21st, 2010 07:49 am (UTC)
There is a little more to the story, like his sad background, but it was like what...3am? But that's in the past now and it's nothing but happiness for him in the future! :) He is amazingly fantastic and I'm SO LUCKY to have found him! :) The whole thing was fate. I knew it as soon as I seen him.

And that's so cute! Like I told someone above, the big ball was my son's, and Ozzy accidentally found it and claimed it as his own...and I've since seen tons of pictures and videos of Boston's with the big balls! haha It's so awesome though! That's something that they should put in the Boston Terrier book I bought before I brought him home. ;) Adorable dog, by the way!
AJPmakenote on May 20th, 2010 11:19 pm (UTC)
oh man this whole post is just full of awesome!
Ericaohboy09 on May 21st, 2010 07:50 am (UTC)
Yay! That makes me happy. Ozzy is just full of awesome. He found his way in my heart (and then my husband and son's hearts!) very quickly. ;)
Wanda Richelieu of Re Duh, O Ran Gie, and Yelloshortdariwanda on May 20th, 2010 11:39 pm (UTC)
:D I'm glad you were able to rescue a Boston. I rescued mine two years ago at the SPCA. As soon as his picture went on his website, I drove down there the next day, met him, and adopted him the same day. I had to pick him up a couple days later though because he had to be neutered first. I haven't looked back since. I find that rescue dogs are so freaking grateful for being adopted, and I should know because all three of my dogs are rescues from various shelters.

Congrats to your new baby!!!
Ericaohboy09 on May 21st, 2010 07:54 am (UTC)
I definitely knew I wanted to rescue. Maybe someday I'll be up for the challenge of a raising a puppy, but with a 15 month old and no real yard, that was just not even a possibility right now. Maybe after my son and future children are a bit older and we have the house with the big fenced in yard, I'll give it a go. But in general, I rather rescue anyway. Most rescue dogs have a really sad story behind them (as did Ozzy) and deserve the absolute BEST for the rest of their lives. And I agree, rescue dogs are really grateful. I grew up with some rescue dogs and not to play favorites (ok, I guess I am), I always preferred them over the ones that we had raised as puppies. Not that the ones that we raised as puppies were bad, I loved them too, but the rescue dogs just were genuinely happy to know you were just there. The day when close on a house is the day I apply to rescue another Boston.

OH! And the rescue loved us SO much, that they wanted us to be fosters once we do get our house...and I will SO be doing that. I'd be honored! The only thing is I fear I might end up adopting all my fosters. haha

But anyway, thank you! :) And yay for rescue dogs. <3
Wanda Richelieu of Re Duh, O Ran Gie, and Yelloshortdariwanda on May 22nd, 2010 12:14 am (UTC)
Haha, that's what I'm afraid of as well when it comes to fostering. The Orlando Pug Rescue wants me to foster for them but I know my dogs would teach him/her bad manners and I'd end up falling in love with the pup so badly that I wouldn't want to let go! XD
Sheri: REBEL GARGOYLEbooksaremyhabit on May 23rd, 2010 08:41 pm (UTC)
congrats on your new doggie!
he's adorable, love the video, reminds me of my daughter's boston Hogwarts lol
sportma2sportma2 on June 3rd, 2010 01:51 am (UTC)
Ozzy looks like a doll baby! We adopted Frenchie too and he is the best dog ever! You sound like I was when we adopted him.... I wanted another! When I retired from my job, the staff at my school gave me a red Boston puppy for my gift. Churchill is a bruiser... he is like an "Old Boston Bulldoggie", he weighs over 40 lbs.... but he is a full blooded Boston.
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