A Girl Called Alli

 Posted by at 12:55 am  Nick's Blog
Jun 012023

As I shared with you in a blog titled Is It Time? a while back, we are both animal lovers. But after we lost our last pets, we both decided we were not going to have any more because the heartbreak of losing them is so damned hard. But now that we have plenty of room to have pets again, we were trying to decide if it was time to rethink that position. Many of you responded to that blog with emails and comments telling us that we really should consider getting a pet, or even two.

As I also said in that blog, I have had quite a few German shepherds, which in my opinion is the best dog breed in the world. So I started looking for German shepherd rescues online and found quite a few dogs available. But just any German shepherd wouldn’t do. Whether it’s a dog or a cat, we have to bond with it to make it a successful situation for everybody involved.

A few days ago I found a year-old German shepherd rescue living with a family in Lacey’s Springs, 170 miles north of us. I had looked at a lot of dogs online but there was something about this one that caught my attention, so yesterday we drove up to meet her.

The quickest route is taking Interstate 65 N out of Birmingham, but what fun would that be? Instead we took a series of two-lane roads up through Fayette, Natural Bridge, Wren, and Hartsell. It was a winding, hilly route through some beautiful country and certainly not the quickest way to get to our destination. But eventually, we got there and met Alli. And what a pretty girl she is!

But looks aren’t everything, and I wanted to spend some time with her and see how we got along. So while Terry talked to the people that had her, I walked her around a little bit on a leash and we got acquainted. I’m not sure if I chose her or she chose us, but either way, she came home with us.

The folks that had her said she was overactive, but they had several little kids and another dog, and a cat, and I think she was just reacting to all of the hubbub going on around her all the time. On the ride home, she sat or laid in the back of the van and was just fine.

We stopped at Pet Supermarket in Northport to pick up some things for her, and she behaved very well in the store, getting lots of compliments from customers and staff alike. A couple of the employees fed her some treats and she really liked that. Alli is very food motivated.

We also stopped at our son’s house on the way home so Travis and Geli could meet her, and just like in the store, she was friendly to these strangers and perfectly calm.

She has at least some basic obedience training because she will sit on command, lie down when told to, and when Terry and I were eating dinner she started toward the table (the people that had her said they fed her from the table, but we don’t do that), so I took her off a short distance and told her to stay there, and she did with no problem at all. She is also housebroken and let us know when she needed to go out.

German shepherds usually bond with one person in the family more than others and I was hoping it would be me, but I have a feeling it’s probably going to be with Terry. While we were watching the evening news she was lying on the floor in front of Terry’s recliner, and even stuck her paw into one of Terry’s Crocs.

She is underweight and definitely has some fleas, and the folks that had her had no idea if she’s had her shots or not. It also looks like she may be coming into heat. I’m going to try to get her into a veterinarian that was recommended by the folks at the Pet Supermarket, who also has excellent ratings on Yelp, sometime today if they can fit us in. We want to have her checked out, get her shots, arrange to have her spayed, and also get her microchipped.

Now we need to find just the right kitten for Terry, and we have a lead on one of those. I will tell you more about that when we know more.

It’s Thursday, so it’s time for a new Free Drawing. This week’s prize is an audiobook of The Last Call, the first book in my dear friend George Wier’s Bill Travis mystery series. We lost George a while back, but his amazing talent lives on through his great stories. I only have a few of his audiobook codes left, and once they are gone there won’t be any more.

To enter, click on this Free Drawing link or the tab at the top of this page and enter your name (first and last) in the comments section at the bottom of that page (not this one). Only one entry per person per drawing please, and you must enter with your real name. To prevent spam or multiple entries, the names of cartoon or movie characters are not allowed. The winner will be drawn Sunday evening. Note: Due to the high shipping cost of printed books and Amazon restrictions on e-books and audiobooks to foreign countries, only entries with US addresses and e-mail addresses are allowed.

And finally, here’s a chuckle to start your day from the collection of funny signs we see in our travels and that our readers share with us.

Thought For The Day Outside of a dog, a book is man’s best friend. Inside of a dog, it’s too dark to read.

Nick Russell

World-Famous, New York Times Best Selling Author, and All-Around Nice Guy!

  12 Responses to “A Girl Called Alli”

  1. Awwww. What a sweetie she is and so well-behaved for her age. FYI, if someone hasn’t already mentioned it, you can buy Capstar over the counter (or through Amazon) to get rid of fleas almost immediately. One, maybe two pills should do it. We did this when we first got our pup and haven’t needed to use it since and have kept her on flea preventative. Enjoy Alli and good luck with the kitten search.

  2. Congratulations! She is beautiful.

  3. Wonderful!
    One of these days we’ll get another Odie, I expect.

  4. Congratulations on being pet parents!! She looks wonderful and smart too. Thank you for giving her a home. Enjoy spoiling her.

  5. Lovely looking girl! Maybe she was just wanting attention with the foster family. Now that she’s on her own with both of you, she won’t need to be hyper. So happy to hear you took on a rescue dog. ôô

  6. Congratulations on being parents to a new fur baby. You’ll will not regret a rescue pup, we currently have three, 14, 13, and 2 years old. The youngest is a labradoodles named Fred and has adopted me as his main squeeze. We also live on multiple acres and he loves to run along side my gulf cart and side by side trying to give me one of his “babies” for me to throw. He loves to play fetch and easily is twice as fast as the gulf cart. He loves to ride in the pickup.
    We are both 67 and my wife said he will force me to stay active just trying to get him his needed daily exercise. So make sure you have free with you on all your outdoor activities and I sure you will win her over to you be her favorite human.

  7. Thrilled for the three of you!!

  8. This makes me SOOOO happy!!!

  9. She’s a beautiful dog! Glad you decided to rescue. Besides the companionship, she will add to your security. Although my security team sleeps more than anything else, well maybe “beg”. Have patience with her getting used to her surroundings, sometimes it will take a while.

  10. Alli looks like a sweetheart. Fur covered companions are the best! I am so glad you decided to add to your family at this time.

  11. I love how the previous owners “don’t know” if she’s had all her shots or not. Sure they do. . . Did they take her to the vet? Do they have vet records. If they can’t remember, a quick check with the vet they used would quickly disclose that info. No doubt it translate into “never having been to the vet.” They prolly didn’t want to spend the money. I’m sure your vet with do a heart worm screening. Make sure they do, because if they didn’t do any vet care, she won’t be protected. And don’t be surprised if she tests positive. That’s when a lot of people get rid of their pets. But at any rate, she will have a much better life with you with proper vet care, a new comfortable home and lots of attention. Congratulations to you both and Allie!

  12. Fine lookin’ sheppie Nick !
    I’m guessing she’ll be a shadow for both of you , but the paw in the croc…yeah.

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