October 22, 2017 – Sunday
Mirabella Joins Our Family
After losing “MO” (our adopted 16-year male toy poodle) on October 7, 2017, I contemplated adopting another older “rescue” dog into our family. I started searching animal shelters within the Chicago area and discovered Second City Animal Rescue (SCAR). They rescue dogs, provide them with veterinarian care, and place them with foster families until they are adopted.
On the Second City Animal Rescue website they had pictures and details for a 9-year old, female Shih Tzu mix named Mirabella. I fell in love with her at first sight. I showed the website to Sharon and without hesitation, she agreed, we just had to adopt her! We filled out the online adoption application on October 15. We received an email advising us to meet with SCAR at a local PetsMart on October 21, for an in-person interview and to meet Mirabella. Our interview was successful and our first glimpse of Mirabella brought tears of joy to our eyes. She is just such a sweetheart, all 13 pounds of her. We were granted the adoption and the foster mom brought her to our home on Sunday, October 22.
During the adoption process we learned that Mirabella had a prior, prolonged episode of bladder stones. Her previous owners could not afford the cost of the surgery required to remove the stones, so they abandoned her at the veterinarian clinic. The veterinarian contacted SCAR and they accepted Mirabella into their care. SCAR paid the veterinarian to perform the surgery required to remove the stones from her bladder. SCAR then provided Mirabella with a foster home until adopted. Due to Mirabella's prior history of bladder stones she requires a prescription diet for the remainder of her life. The prescription diet dog food is considerably more expensive than nonprescription dog food, but to us, our little Mirabella is worth every bit of it!!!
Our new family member (“Bella”) is enjoying her new surroundings and has brought new joy into our lives.
Tomorrow many new adventures with Bella continues.