Jetta Nabors, our beautiful Border Collie Baby

Ryan and I have wanted a dog since I can possibly remember.  In college, it didn't seem fair to have a dog and we were still new at being a couple.  When we graduated, we decided a border collie was in our future because it was surely the perfect breed for us.  They're athletic, full of energy, incredibly smart, affectionate, and did I mention athletic?  Plus, they're beautiful and a perfect size which is just icing on the cake.  We couldn't get one because we both lived separately at home and neither of the parents would agree to it much to my trying to convince Mama and Papa McD it was a good idea.  I would look and look and send Ryan puppy listing after listing, but Ry held firmly to his position that we couldn't get one yet.  Even when we got engaged I sent him pictures thinking he might go for it, but nope.

Since we knew we wanted to a border collie eventually I had been searching for breed specific rescue sites and stumbled onto the Ruff Mutt Border Collie Rescue in Terrell, TX a few months ago.  I would frequently check and see sweet pups be posted and go, sending them probably every couple of weeks to Ryan.  Every single one was adorable and just what we needed! I would explain to Ryan trying to make a case for why we needed to get one pronto, but he didn't bite, until the day I found Belle about 2 weeks before the wedding. 

Belle was a beautiful 7 month old potty trained, crate trained, playful girl who's cover picture melted my heart with her little toungue sticking out saying to me, "take me home!!!"  When I opened the link to see more about her a picture of her standing in a pool of water sealed the deal for me.  Ryan and I specifically wanted a dog who was a fan of the water since we want to take her everywhere, especially to Mama and Papa Nabors' lakehouse.  Sure enough, I sent the link to Ryan, pitched why she was perfectly suited for us (cue water picture) and how he should let me apply to her.  "She does seem pretty perfect," was the text I got back from Ryan.  "So, I can apply for her?", I said.  "Sure, but you need to let them know we're getting married and can't take her for about 3 weeks."  "Done."  So, I applied that day pitching the same pitch I had given to Ryan as to why she was a perfect addition for our newly Nabors family.  I got an email response back saying, "Belle is still available.  Please contact us when you are closer to being ready to adopt."  Not going to lie, I was pretty crushed because I thought our perfect dog would get snatched up while we were honeymooning.  Ryan said if it was meant to be, she would still be there when we got back.

And I guess the rest is history, since we contacted the Rescue when we returned and met our baby this past Sunday.  It was an instant hit and we were ready to take her home immediately!  She ran right up to us when she saw us and was so friendly.  We filled out the paperwork and paid the "donation" fee and were on our way home with our sweet Belle, which we had already talked about renaming Jetta.  We didn't feel badly about renaming her since she didn't seem to really know her name.  She hated the car, and is still not too keen on it, but is gradually hating it a little less every time.  Ryan is really good with her with her too.  :)

Since Sunday, we've had quite an adventure with her.  Sunday night she woke us up at 4:45 am whining because we put her in her crate and she was not pleased.  She then stayed up for an hour and a half when I finally got up at 6:30 to play with her.  I thought I might kill her, especially when she tried to chew my Coach purse, but Ryan convinced me it would get better.  Monday night we took her to Mama and Papa McD's house, to which Mama McD said, "she was invited over anytime!", which is a big deal if you know Mama McD.  Our family german pointer, Max, who's a little crazy, smothered her and she was a little intimidated and went inside.  Ryan let her sleep in our room on the floor and she made it all the way through the night!  She did try to eat my towel, my skirt, and my sweater while they were still on me.  And she constantly steals my underwear and tries to eat it.  I'm sure it's just a phase and I will need to be patient.

Yesterday we took her to Mama and Papa Nabors' house to meet her cousin Emma, who instantly hit it off, and Aunts Silby and Quelle, who weren't really too fond of her - Silby, because she was convinced Jetta only wanted to steal her ball, and Quelle because she's cranky and old and Jetta has way to much energy for her taste.  Jetta does, in fact, love the water and was so curious around the pool.  We're not sure if she's ever seen a pool or if she's just had her kiddy pool to play in, but she splashed around the top step and layed down in it.  So stinking cute.  Heart melted, people.  I dried her off 3 or 4 times, but I should have just waited because as soon as I did she was back in the water.  Little mongrel, but oh such a sweet baby.

All in all, we love her and miss her when we're away from her.  She is so sweet and loving and a stud.

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