.WHERE ARE THEY NOW?
Many of you have been following the story of Clementine and Whilhelmina (a.k.a. Clemmie and Winnie) for a year now. They came to us via Animal Control and it was immediately clear that they were a very bonded pair of sisters. So much so that if we took one to another part of the building, the other would pace and cry. We knew we couldn't and wouldn't separate them. We networked with rescues all over but none would guarantee they wouldn't split them up so we decided to keep them together and try to place them ourselves.
The pair accompanied us to every adoption event we went to. People oohed and awed but we had no luck finding someone willing to take both of them. They went out many times on the adopt-a-dog for a day program and were fostered a couple of times but still nothing. Until last month.
While attending the annual Oyster Cook-Off in Apalachicola, a couple with their pet hound approached the pair. The owners were a little hesitant because their dog didn't always get along with other dogs. Not so with our girls. Our girls welcomed her into their space and they became fast friends.
The couple spent a lot of time with Clemmie and Winnie, walking them around the festival and talking about adopting. They asked many questions and we could tell they were very serious about adopting but said they needed to think it through and would get back to us. We left the festival with the girls but hopeful that we would be hearing from the couple from Tallahassee.
Less than a week had gone by when we got the call. They had decided to adopt! We were all thrilled with the news but to be honest, a little sad too. You see when you are lucky enough to spend that much time with two such remarkable dogs, you can't help but become very attached.
Finally the big day arrived. Clemmie and Winnie were given a bath and all their adoption paperwork was prepared. The couple arrived with their other dog and everyone gathered in the reception area. Clementine and Whilhelmina bounded into the room and their new sister, mom and dad welcomed them with open arms. There were final hugs and kisses, then our girls turned and walked out the door with their new family. They did not look back.
The shelter is not quite the same anymore. Oh there are wonderful, beautiful and special dogs here waiting for a home but those two magnificient faces that greeted us each morning aren't here any longer. You can find them on a couch in Tallahassee with their sister.