Adopting a PUPPY!

Alright Gloria, I have a confession to make. I am an animal rescuer who has never adopted an animal From an animal shelter! Until today. Today, I am going to be going to the Humane Rescue Alliance in Washington, D.C, and I’m going to be adopting… a puppy! No, I am not gonna be adopting a puppy for myself. I am adopting a puppy today for my grandma. My grandma is one of my favorite people on the planet and last year, she sadly lost her dog of 15 years, Daisy. Now, a lot of people in my family in the past have gone to breeders to get dogs. There are so many animals dying in animal shelters every year, and they need homes. We don’t need to be creating more animals by breeding. So when my grandma told me that she was ready to bring a new pup into her life, I knew that I wanted hers to be from a shelter. When I found out that there were three puppies at the shelter, I thought maybe one of them would make a good fit for my grandma. So I went and I got to meet them with their foster parent. Hugo is killing me! Look at his ears. Is that a dog or a bunny? Hi bun bun! ANDREW: It’s an Eloise. [Hannah giggles] [dog barking, kennel noises] HANNAH: Whoa. Hi! [more barking, inaudible discussion] ANDREW: Hi mama, hi mama. Hi. HANNAH: Puppies and small dogs! Here we go! WOMAN: Yep. HANNAH: Oh! What is this one’s name? WOMAN: That one is Sneakers. HANNAH: Hi, Sneakers! Okay, so we got Sneakers, a girl. Chewing on my finger. [off-camera; woman laughing] Excuse me, that’s very rude. But I can’t say no… HANNAH: And who’s this one? WOMAN: This one is Swoosh. HANNAH: Swoosh? WOMAN: Swoosh is feistier. HANNAH: Like, just more spunky? More… WOMAN: Yeah, a little more active. She’s more playful with the other puppies. She’ll play with toys by herself—these guys haven’t quite picked up playing on their own yet. HANNAH: Okay, so that’s Swoosh. WOMAN: Awww! HANNAH: And they’re all trembling because they had a bath? WOMAN: Yeah, just now. HANNAH: Awww. And then who’s this one? WOMAN: That one’s Nike. HANNAH: Nike! Oh my gosh, they’re all like, Nike… [talking over each other] WOMAN: Nike, Swoosh, yeah. They came in a shoebox. [overlapping conversation] HANNAH: Oh! Shoebox babies! HANNAH: Hi, Nike! He seems pretty chill. He smells nice and he’s got nice eyebrows. Meeting those puppies was awesome. I was able to learn a lot about their different personalities, get to know the foster mom, and tell them I was interested in adopting. The next step was for me to fill out an application online, so I filled out an application talking about my grandma’s home, getting information about past pets, and I submitted that application online. A couple days later, I heard back from the shelter, and we were able to have a conversation about adopting. It’s a lot like my adoption process that I do with the kittens. People have to find out about the animal, then they apply, then it’s a conversation, and if it all works out, they can adopt! So today is the most exciting day! ‘Cuz I’m gonna get going and getting the puppy! Okay, let’s go! Whoops, sorry! Gotta wake you up! Sorry, buddy! [kiss] We gotta go get the puppy! Okay dokey, here we are! Animal shelter! WOMAN: Okay, let’s go get her. HANNAH: Is she back there? WOMAN: Yeah. HANNAH: Yay! She is way tinier than I thought! She is so cute! [laughing, talking over one another] WOMAN: She gives kisses. HANNAH: [laughing with joy] Hi! Oh, yeah, she does! WOMAN: She goes right for the inside of the mouth. HANNAH: Hi! Okay. So she’s gonna be, I was trying to think… What is she gonna be to me? If she’s my grandma’s child…. She’s my aunt. [all laughing] HANNAH: This is my new aunt. WOMAN: Aunt Swoosh. HANNAH: Auntie Swoosh! WOMAN: Auntie Swoosh! HANNAH: I’ll be your niece any day. [woman laughing] Oh my gosh! [kiss] Awww! WOMAN: Here, I’mma have you read through your adoption contract. HANNAH: Okay. WOMAN: So, it just kind of talks about, you know, agreeing to take care of the animal. WOMAN: [laughter] Which, of course, is a given, but… WOMAN: If you could initial each item, and then sign the second side. HANNAH: Yeah. Okay. And here we go, I’m signing! Signing! Yay! I put a little heart because I’m happy. Thank you! Thank you, thank you, thank you! Yay! WOMAN: Bye bye! We got the puppy. We are on our way to my grandma’s house. To grandmother’s house we go. As they say. Over the river and through the woods. [Andrew laughs] Anyway…. Anyway, indeed! Great joke, everyone. Yeah. Little Miss Swoosh. Going to her new home! I’m so excited! HANNAH: Special delivery! [laughing] GRANDMA: I can’t stand it! [Andrew laughs] HANNAH: Here she is! [all laughing] GRANDMA: I’m gonna cry Oh, I cried already Oh, yay! GRANDMA: Hello! HANNAH: She’s small, Grandma. [Grandma gasps with delight] GRANDMA: Precious. HANNAH: She’s adorable. And she’s so friendly. She’s so chill— GRANDMA: What a good girl. HANNAH: —For a puppy, she’s so far been very chill. GRANDMA: You said she had a harness from a guinea pig? [laughing] HANNAH: So when I went there, we brought a cat harness and a guinea pig harness. Because I didn’t know what size she was gonna be, and I wanted to have something to walk her out with. I was kinda joking bringing the guinea pig harness, and then she is way too small for a cat harness! She’s even too small for the guinea pig harness. HANNAH: You like those—[disgust] Oh! Meet mouth! Eugh! [Andrew laughs] HANNAH: I love you, though. [laughs] [someone imitating barking] HANNAH: Oh, my god! [all laughing] HANNAH: She’s following you around. HANNAH: Yay! I’m so happy. What do you think, Grandma? You love her? Yes, I love her. [Hannah laughing, Grandma kisses Swoosh]

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