Acrobatic Annie, as she became known, was originally brought into the care of the BC SPCA Prince Rupert Branch in December 2011. She wasn’t receiving the proper care she required and was thought to be better off finding a more appropriate home. Only a couple years old and smart as anything, everyone thought Annie would be adopted quite quickly.
Sadly no one thought her to be their perfect companion, so instead of waiting in Prince Rupert for her home she made the move via The Drive for Lives program to the BC SPCA Sunshine Coast Branch to try her luck there. A lovely young Labrador and shar-pei mixture, Annie loved spending time going for walks, playing in her pool, or enjoying a nice cuddle.
Annie continued with her life hoping that someone would come for her, but again after months of waiting and no progress on the forever home front she made her final move. She was transferred to the BC SPCA Kamloops Branch where less than a week after arriving she found her perfect new family.
It may have taken the incredible Acrobatic Annie almost six months to find dream home, but the wait must have been worth it. Annie has settled in quite well and is even helping her fellow doggy family member feel better about himself. Her family took some time out of their busy lives to let us know just what she’s been up to.
When we first met Annie, she appeared to get along with our other dog, Marley, who we had adopted from the Vernon SPCA in January. But as the first week progressed, several dog fights broke out between them as they each vied for attention and territorial rights.
Annie was awesome with the kids, tolerating their hugs despite not having any known experience with children and was quickly adapting to the house rules (we’re still working on keeping her out of the flower beds!) so we stuck to it, hoping the dogs could work out their problems.
After calling the Kamloops SPCA we picked up some tips on how to help the dogs adjust and soon they were getting along great. Marley was found as a stray and has a very nervous disposition – even being asked to “sit” would stress her out and cause her to pee on the floor when we first got her - but just days after Annie arrived, Marley was sitting and lying down on command, delighting in learning a new trick.
Now both dogs enjoy chasing each other around the yard and have learned to share their owners and toys. Annie loves to sneak into my three year old daughter’s bedroom at night and stakes out a spot on the floor by her bed. She’s always up for a good game of chase or ball and loves playing in her doggie pool. We are so excited to have Annie join our family and we are glad we stuck to it despite a rough start.
Thank you so much to the Kamloops and Sunshine Coast SPCAs for taking such good care of Annie until she was able to join our family!
We’re very happy everything worked out in the end for these two lovely girls. All they needed was just a little bit of extra help to learn we can all get along. It seems as though some things never change, we're glad to hear Annie is still enjoying her time spent poolside, she deserves nothing less. Thank you to the Crombie family for all their hard work and dedication to Marley and Annie and for making adoption your first option not only once, but twice.
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