Monday, July 8, 2019

Allie Pleiter on Getting What You Want...or Not

If you follow the Love Inspired Authors and Readers Facebook Group, you know that our family is “between pets.” Since losing our dear Havanese Bella after 14 years last November, we’ve taken our time before getting ready to add a dog back into our household. Now, we think August will be the month we are open to adopting. 

I believe adoption dogs “find us” as much as we find them. So I came up with the idea to let a few of our dog-connected friends and associates know that we’re in the market and what we’re looking for.

Here’s what our perfect dog would look like:

  • No larger than 30 pounds
  • Doesn’t shed
  • No “yapping” - regular bark
  • Housebroken
  • Low to medium energy
  • 2 - 5 years old (no puppies or seniors)
  • Good with kids 
  • Okay as a solo pet
  • Crate trained or crate trainable

Now, I know enough to hold this list loosely. Life has taught me that God often sends us what we need rather than what we’re looking for. That’s certainly true of my hero Chaz in Wander Canyon Courtship. Chaz isn’t even looking for a dog when Cecil comes into his life. Chaz knows what he wants in life, and what God sends him doesn’t look anything like it. Watching this surly guy slowly discover what he really wants is part of what makes the story so special to me. Let’s just say it takes a while before Chaz and Yvonne figure out that what they truly need…is each other.

Not everyone has or can have a pet. But if you do or could, what two characteristics are on your “ideal pet” list? What do you love most about your current furry (or feathered or scaled or whatever) friend?

PS: if you want updates on how our search is going, feel free to follow my Facebook page or on Instagram


  1. Allie, my husband and I went through the same thing a few years back when our precious Callie passed at 14. But we've sense opened our hearts up to a rescue dog names Cody. He is around two years old and bring so much joy.

    1. That's great to hear, Mary. It's hard to think any dog will live up to Bella, but we hope a new dog will bring new memories of a different kind.

  2. When my Blueberry, an Australian shepherd passed at 14 back in 2015, I didn't think I would get another dog but I did. We got a puppy. I don't know what I was thinking. Well, I do. I wanted something to snuggle. What I ended up with was an over-excited Australian shepherd that made me want to tear my hair out. It's been three years of hyper activity. We do agility to keep her busy. I have a equipment in my backyard now too! The snuggling finally started about a year ago. Next time I'm rescuing a dog with the same criteria as you listed. IF there is a next time. Ha!

    1. We hope the criteria helps...but I wonder if some complete surprise of a pup will somehow capture our hearts. We all know better than to let me wander the adoption center without some kind of limitations!

  3. Sorry to hear you lost your pet, she looked so adorable. I lost my poodle and haven't found the heart to replace him yet. Praying you find him/her.

  4. Thanks Marie. We do think there's a new family member out there.


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