We kept our eyes on petfinder.com to see if any rescue dogs meeting our specifications popped up. Two days ago a sweet four month beagle mix suddenly popped up at the oregon humane society. Phil immediately ran up there to put a hold on her and we all visited her yesterday. We kept it a secret from Aria. We told her we were just going to help socialize the puppies.
During the puppy visitation, the oregon humane society worker mentioned adoption. Aria looked up and whispered, "adopt?" From her face I could tell she was confused and hopeful but trying hard not to get too excited. When we finally told her that she was the proud owner of a little puppy, she beamed.
Aria named her Tootsie. I am excited to watch their relationship grow over the years.