If you’ve been following the Pona story, you know that he’s been a foster dog here at my house since September. Pona came into the Basenji Rescue system after he had been hit by a car and was picked up by Animal Control. He had a broken femur, broken tooth, heartworms, whipworms, and scratches and bruises all over his body.
But those days are long gone! He is healed, feeling good, and running around like he should. Here is a little video I shot a couple of days ago:
As you can see, the healthy Pona is very different from the Pona we saw back in September.
So, yesterday was the big day! It was time for Pona to move in with his new, forever family. As difficult as this sounds, it was actually awesome. We’ve been working on this adoption for a couple of months now, and the transition was smooth. Pona’s new daddies are Steven and Jeff, who happen to be good friends of mine.
|This is one of the first things I saw when Pona and I arrived, and I reacted with all of the appropriate “awwww”s. These personalized mats show how excited Steven and Jeff have been to get their dogs.|
|I said “dogs” because Pona wasn’t the only adoption yesterday. They also adopted a Basenji girl named Kate.
Here are Pona and Kate in the backyard. I think “frolicking” is the appropriate word.
Pona and Kate had visited a few times before yesterday, so we already knew that they get along really well.
|Can you tell that Steven has treats hidden in his hand here? Pona and Kate know he does.|
|Here is the whole family in a very sweet photo. Such a life change for each of them. They’re all going to have so much fun!|
One last video, taken today by Steven. Pona and Kate haven’t known each other long, but they’re already acting like old pals. (Thanks, Steven. I totally stole this from your photostream without asking.) If you’d like to continue to follow Pona and Kate, you can see them on Steven’s photostream and his blog.
And me? I’m doing FINE. Surprisingly well, not one tear shed! I really thought giving Pona up would rip out a chunk of my heart, but I’m really okay. I think it’s for two reasons – first, Pona’s in an awesome home, and second, I know I will see him again. It also helps that Steven and I have kept in close touch for updates since yesterday.
Best of luck to Kate, Pona, Jeff and Steven! I’m so happy for all of you. 🙂