(Ok, I know this post has nothing whatsoever to do with food or cooking, but I just couldn’t resist!) This is our new girl, Izzy! We adopted her from a local rescue society just last week. This has probably been one of the most stressful times for hubby and me – at times we felt like we were trying to adopt a child it was so involved! After submitting our application, we waited two weeks for a reply, after we talked to a nice lady on the phone, we were told we needed to provide 3 personal references (thanks Mommy, Courtney and Alyshia!!). After they contacted our references and decided we sounded somewhat decent, they arranged for us to meet Izzy; after we met her (and fell in love!), they came over to do a “home visit” to make sure our home was adequate and well-suited for a dog. A few days after that, we were able to finally adopt Izzy – it was a grueling process, but ultimately totally worth it!

And really, I think its great that these people are so thorough with their adoption process – it ensures that the dog goes to a loving home and will be taken care of for the rest of its life.

Unfortunately, Izzy hasn’t had it easy. She was a stray, and when she was found by the rescue society, they noticed that someone had put a rubber band around her nose and mouth. It had been there so long the rubber band had grown into her skin and nasal cavity, and was badly infected. They had to put her under and surgically remove it. It boggles my mind that there are people out in this world who would do that to a poor little puppy….

BUT – Izzy recovered beautifully, and she’s a very happy, energetic little girl! We love her so much already! She has so much personality – she loves her squeak toys and likes to hide from me under the couch! We are so happy to have her with us and are so glad we chose to adopt – people don’t realize how many sweet, lovable pets are out there just waiting to be taken home. Do yourself a favor and adopt a pet! It will brighten your life tremendously!!

Hope you enjoyed the pictures of our new little girl! Stay tuned – tomorrow I’ll be posting Dorie’s Caramel Crunch Bars…..SO good. Seriously. Prepare yourself.



  1. THANK YOU for saving her life. What a great rescue story.


    Comment by branny — February 23, 2009 @ 1:13 PM

  2. OMG she is just to cute. It’s so great to hear that you rescued her. There should be more people out like you and your husband.


    Comment by Jen — February 23, 2009 @ 1:16 PM

  3. She’s adorable! I can’t believe how cruel people can be towards animals. So happy the two of you became her "parents"!


    Comment by Liz — February 23, 2009 @ 1:30 PM

  4. She’s adorable! Thanks for rescuing her! : )


    Comment by Laura — February 23, 2009 @ 1:32 PM

  5. Congrats on your new addition! She is precious! I know firsthand how rewarding it is to rescue a pet. May you have many wonderful years with your new baby!


    Comment by BMK — February 23, 2009 @ 1:35 PM

  6. aaaw, she’s so cuute! (:


    Comment by Caroline — February 23, 2009 @ 1:40 PM

  7. too cute!! way to go adopting, I’ll bet she’s ever so grateful : )


    Comment by Kittybits — February 23, 2009 @ 1:41 PM

  8. Oh she is just the cutest! But you already knew that.


    Comment by Megan — February 23, 2009 @ 2:10 PM

  9. Aww she is so cute! I have a rescued Jack Russell named Isabelle (we call her Izzy). I am so glad that you could give your Izzy a good home!


    Comment by Jennifer — February 23, 2009 @ 4:13 PM

  10. oh my gosh, she is adorable! now she is happy in a loving home! congrats again!


    Comment by Kaitlyn — February 23, 2009 @ 4:17 PM

  11. She is so cute! My husband and I want to get a dog almost just like that very soon!


    Comment by Erin — February 23, 2009 @ 5:30 PM

  12. Yeah for adopting! She’s such a cutie. 🙂


    Comment by Andrea Crosswhite — February 23, 2009 @ 5:55 PM

  13. Congratulations! I can’t believe the cruelty of some people. We are thinking of adopting another dog in the next few months and the whole process is so daunting!


    Comment by Stephanie — February 23, 2009 @ 8:17 PM

  14. We love our new grandog! She’s so precious!


    Comment by Mother — February 23, 2009 @ 9:51 PM

  15. I just love that little face – I can’t wait to meet her! And we share a bday, too! 😉


    Comment by Hornedfroggy of My Baking Heart — February 23, 2009 @ 11:04 PM

  16. so cute!!


    Comment by Stephanie — February 24, 2009 @ 10:06 AM

  17. How cute is she! We have a Carin Terrier who looks like Izzy minus diff. color Shes the highlight of my day. What kind of dog is she? Our Bailey: s183.photobucket.com/…/jpswearingen


    Comment by Paula S. — February 25, 2009 @ 12:30 PM

  18. OMG! Soooo cute! I hope we see a lot of her in your blog!


    Comment by foodlibrarian — February 28, 2009 @ 7:43 AM

  19. Awww, she’s adorable! I’d love to see more pictures!


    Comment by gaga — March 5, 2009 @ 10:57 AM

  20. Do you have an idea what kind of dog she is? Our puppy looks EXACTLY like Izzy (same white under her beard, same ears, same nose) and people are always asking us and we have to say we don’t know b/c she was a rescue.


    Comment by Al — March 26, 2009 @ 8:37 AM

  21. Al- she is mostly Cairn Terrier, but we think she may also have some Scotty or Westie in her…we’re honestly not totally sure!


    Comment by Amy — March 26, 2009 @ 8:43 AM

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