This is Tessa Furry, who is, at times, one crazy spazz of a dog! We adopted her into our family about four years ago from the Humane Society of Wicomico County when she was about eight months old. She is a mutt, but we believe she is mostly Doberman and Black Lab, with a touch of German Shepherd.
Before we adopted her, I used to spend Saturday mornings volunteering at this Humane Society socializing with the animals, walking the dogs and photographing them for their listing on petfinder.com. Sometimes the boys would go with me and they’d help. Then one Saturday, we noticed a new doggie in one of the cages, and she acted like a very happy girl when we came near her. So we walked her — and talk about lovable! She almost knocked us over trying to lick our faces, and if we sat on a bench while she was still on a leash, she would try to wiggle her way into our laps, rather unsuccessfully, because she was just too big at 47 pounds.
Why would we bring a dog into a house that already had a cat (Misty)? The boys. They wanted a dog, and honestly I did too, even though I was pretty sure our cat was going to have a fit! My husband really didn’t want another animal in the house, but after he met Tessa (which was the name the Humane Society had given her), he seemed to warm up to the idea. It helped that she was already house-trained and she walked well on a leash. So we went through with it. We adopted her and now there is never — and that’s putting it lightly — a dull moment in our house.
Tessa’s favorite hobbies include wrestling with and chewing on her buddy Oliver (someday the dog is going to cough up a hairball), playing fetch, keep-away and tug-o-war with her favorite boys. And she is always on the alert for just the precise moment when she might be able to FINALLY catch the elusive white cat.