Pretty Panda came into the rescue late last year from a family that loved her dearly but she didn't fit well with the energy of the household and after consulting two different trainers, they agreed. Her owners were determined to find the best home possible for Panda and they found that with Tracy and David near Claremont, California! From Tracy:
"David had been talking about wanting a new dog for a few months. We had lost our 16 year old two years earlier. I knew that I missed having a dog buddy at home but didn't know he did too until he started pointing out dogs he saw on the street that he liked the looks/size/energy of... or would talk about a dog he met doing his job. He also said he missed having a dog to walk; that walking alone was boring. (I selfishly refuse to speed walk five miles at the crack of dawn with him.) We were sitting at a sidewalk cafe in Sonoma when I saw the photos of Panda on R&F's FB page and said to David "Look at this pretty dog". Somewhat surprisingly, he was immediately VERY interested and wanted to meet her ASAP. Like, right now. I reminded him that we were on vacation and we needed to get home first. He says now that his enthusiasm was fueled by vacation relaxation and craft beer, but I know better. It was love at first sight.
I wouldn't call our meet and greet anything close to "love at first sight" for Panda, as she barked at us, loudly, for the first fifteen minutes. But after the barking subsided, she and David took to each other very easily. Talking with her owners, we learned that she has some anxiety issues and a lot of energy but was otherwise a very good, sweet dog they were sad to give up. Having previous experience with an anxious dog, and charmed by Panda's obvious better qualities, we decided (after long talks about responsibilities and lifestyle changes and poop) to go for it.
Seven weeks later, she has blended into our routines and us into hers, loves her long daily walks with David (LOVES David in general), and is slowly warming to the idea that other people will occasionally come into our house and she doesn't have to freak out. She's a lovely, smart, gigantic goofball who's added joy and positive energy that we'd been missing here without even realizing it. Thanks to my friendship with Samantha at R&F, her knowledge and advice about RRs, and previous owners who were willing to find a more appropriate home for Panda, we feel so lucky to have found her."