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Adopt a Pound Puppy | Our Story about Emily, A Mixed Breed Pound Puppy Who Loves Adventure

Updated on April 4, 2012

Emily: Our Pound Puppy Found Home

Is Our Pound Puppy Emily like your dog.... waiting at the door the moment you pick up your keys?

How about just mentioning the word 'go'? I know your cat could probably care less about leaving the comforts of the home, but if your pound puppy is like Emily, your dog seeks the next thrill ride. Dogs are naturally extroverted personalities who are born for adventure, Emily is no exception. Emily has traveled to the office with my husband since her per adoption from the pound. This pound puppy loves to travel. As soon as hubby's shoes go on in the morning, Emily goes on alert, stalking the doorway. If I have not fed her before that time arrives, she will refuse to eat as she stands ready for the road. So if I know Emily is traveling that day, I have to feed her early before hubby puts on the shoes. We all know how important a healthy breakfast is for our day, right? As the keys are lifted off the counter, Emily stands ready for the cue. With one snap of hubby's fingers, this pound puppy is out the door and loaded in the car ready for the next adventure.

Pound Puppies Sulk: Emily Fluffs and Mumbles When Disappointed

Emily cannot always go to work with hubby. Those days when Emily stands for the cue and hubby tells her she has to stay at home today, Emily sadly returns to her bed where she proceeds to fluff her pillow with aggravated assault out of disappointment as she mumbles under her breath. There were days when I actually thought I heard her mumbling a few choice words. She did not know I could speak 'pound puppy'.

Pound Puppy On The Road

Emily's first car ride was definately adventurous. As hubby collected her on the first day, this pound puppy had very little experience with car travel. Since Emily was going to a new home, the animal shelter had been kind enough to feed her in preparation for her long day ahead. Unfortunately for the both of them, the ride home entailed traveling some winding country roads. As a result, my hubby and Emily had quite a bonding experience on the way home. Hubby noticed that she wasn't looking very well all of the sudden and before hubby could pull over ....too late... projectile kibbles ... all over my husband and the front seat of the new company car. Emily was so ashamed and embarrassed, hanging her head sadly. Hubby pulled over and comforted her as he cleaned himself off and tried to do the same to the car. That was a not a job to be completed without a lot of hot soapy water. Back in the car, he took it a little easier on the curves, but the deed had already been done.

Emily Shopping for Souveniors in Okracoke, OBX

Driving Miss Daisy

Emily became accustomed to car travel within a short period of time and she began going to work with hubby on a regular basis. People at the office loved to visit with Emily. She snoozed under hubby's desk and stayed very quiet knowing that she was to be on her best behavior during those hours in the office. When master was busy copying in the copy room, Emily would get snacks from all the other people in the office who wanted to share their lunch. Though my husband would tell people not to feed her, he would return to his office to see Emily snacking. On one particular day I recall hubby saying Emily had a donut, piece of pepperoni pizza, dog biscuits, couple potato chips, a cookie and a rawhide chew. No wonder she wants to go to the office and has not eaten her dinner. When it was time to travel to the next appointment, Emily was always ready. Emily sits in the backseat facing forward like a person. Even today we call her Miss Daisy as she sits there while other drivers stare at her demeanor and just smile.

Emily the Beach Babe

Emily Discovers Tide

Emily Has Traveled 15 States To Date

Emily has had her ears blowing in the wind through the states of Maryland, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Virginia, North Carolina, West Virginia, Tennessee, Kentucky, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, Arkansas, South Carolina, and her current home state of Texas. She has stayed overnight in countless hotels where she insists on having her own bed, but in the middle of the night sneaks into hubby's bed to hog the covers. Emily has been to the beach, mountains, and loves to go running the shores of a mountain lake while drinking the fresh water. The first time we took her to the beach, she discovered tides. She did not understand what to do when the tide went out and immediately came back in. She took a taste of the briny blue with great disdain. While running through a flock of seagulls, Emily once got caught by an incoming wave. Emily did a complete 180 turn that day, turning around to look back at that wave like ....what's up with that?

Emily on the Deck in OBX

Pound Puppies like Emily are hard to find

She was originally found by the animal shelter in Washington County Maryland wondering the streets as a pup of about 3 months. She was kind of scared and acted depressed and sad when hubby visited her in the pound at about 4-5 months old. Even today she is very protective when larger dogs are around, so we think she was bullied either in the streets or in the pound by larger dogs when left out to run together. It appears that she was previously adopted by a young family with kids only to be returned after two weeks for being too rambunctious. We never thought she was too much of anything. Emily has the disposition of a golden, very laid back; but cheerful and friendly with everyone. Since she is also part boxer, from her markings, underbite and slightly twisted muzzle.  Emily loves to run and play. She runs so fast sometimes in the fields she can hardly stop. She plays with bugs and chases bunnies always on a new adventure.

The Most Well Behaved Pound Puppy Ever

My hubby trained her well. I was so impressed by her obedience on one particular day in spring a couple years ago. We were letting her run in a large grassy hotel area field when she spotted a bunny. She took off after that bunny like the wind. Off went the bunny with Emily close behind. We were immediately alarmed that she could run in front of a car. Worried for her safety and in an attempt to get her under control, by hubby very forcefully yelled out... EMILY COME!  I want you to know this dog was a good block away at this point. To my utter amazement, she immediately stopped chasing that rabbit at the moment of command and came directly to my hubby without hesitation. I stood there in disbelief. Never had I witnessed that level of obedience in a dog. Most dogs I have been around, would have kept running and running until that rabbit went down a hole somewhere in the next state.

That is our Emily. The most well behaved pound puppy ever. We are so happy that she came to be a member of our family.  When Emily was 4 years old she wanted a little sister to play with and keep her company with a lot of consideration ... we adopted a rescue Puggle named Bella. Stay tuned for Bella's Song, A Story of Pet Rescue and Adoption and how our world was about to change.

Emily Pretends to be a Mermaid

Emily Relaxing in The Flower Bed

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      Golfgal 5 years ago from McKinney, Texas

      We think so too :), thanks for coming by to visit.

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      Annemari 5 years ago from Tiny part of the World

      It is a amazing story. It is so hard to believe a dog can obey so much.

      Emily sure is a marvellous dog ofcourse.

      Well doneand voted up.

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      Maragret 5 years ago

      Hi, Nice aricles. I have also published three stories, you can visit my hubs by vising Macy rescues a tiger cub.

      I hope you will follow me and comment my stories. I love yous.

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      Golfgal 6 years ago from McKinney, Texas

      Thanks q, hopefully so. At age 7 now she is doing great so far.

    • profile image 6 years ago

      very nice - some of our best friends have come from the pound... (not the Shar-Peis) great story.

      I hope you have Emily for a long time.


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      Kathy 6 years ago

      amazing dog.