Monday, April 1, 2013

Sending Artie Home

I hope everyone had a spectacular Easter weekend! We had so much fun and have some fun stories to tell, but first we have to talk about what everyone's been wondering about.

On Thursday night I had to take Artie to meet his dad. I thought it was going to be way harder than it was but I was nervous regardless.

I guess the thing I had to be most nervous about was driving 3 hours with a 90lb dog by myself (Nate had school) as every time I stopped the car he was adamant that this was the time he got to get out of the car! Let me tell ya, there's nothing quite like trying to go through McDonald's for a coffee with the window only rolled down half way so the big lump couldn't jump out of the car.

We had some sweet parting moments, including a sweet bruise on my arm from him wanting to hold my hand the whole way there. Yes, that's right, Artie wanted to hold my hand- he kept pawing me until I'd give him my arm for him to snuggle.

The first thing I did before we left the house in Lansing was to tie a piece of yellow cloth to Artie's leash and we've gotten surprisingly a lot of questions about it over on the facebook and instagram - Artie's yellow bow.

If you've never heard of the Yellow Dog Project, please spread the word- it will help so many animals stay safe when they're out of their house.

The thing I was most nervous about was actually introducing Artie to Alex. Artie had shown some anxiety towards men and had shown some serious protection instincts directed at me. Sure enough though, it was like Artie knew he was supposed to go with Alex (he did however have some cranky words for the bus driver that was in the same parking lot) and within 10 minutes they were on their way to Illinois and I was on my way back to my house.

And let me tell you, my house has been so quiet without Artie. The dogs were exhausted and slept every moment they could and I just enjoyed the silence.

As for Artie at his new home?

I think he's going to be fine. :)


  1. yay! I'm glad things are back to normal for you and Artie is living the dream.

  2. Oh my gosh, Artie wanting the comfort of your hand nearly killed me! So glad the transition went well, and Artie has his forever home, and you and yours have found some quiet, lol :)

  3. Yay Artie! So glad it's going well for him at his new place :)

    We sure could have used the yellow ribbon thing back when Lucy was younger. And I think it's funny that you're supposed to use "reactive" as the PC term for dog aggression these days. We always just told people that Lucy "likes to eat other dogs." I guess that's not as sensitive ;)

  4. What you did was amazing. I don't know many people who could foster a dog the size of a 4th grader. You are such a good person! I'm glad Artie is doing well at home :)

  5. Great ending to Artie's story! And congrats to the new parents!!!

  6. Awwwww, sweet little (giant) Artie!


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