Almost exactly 8 months ago, we adopted Audi the Bichon/Poodle from the SF SPCA. She goes everywhere with us and is a huge part of our family. She has made our family complete. I have always dreamed of having a dog. After months of convincing and begging my parents to get a dog, my dad subtly agreed. I searched for a month on petfinder, petharbor and Facebook for the perfect pup. I would find the perfect dog, fall in love with a dog, plan on adopting it the next day, and it was gone. (When I look back, I believe it was fate). This happened five times so I began to get discouraged after being disappointed and heartbroken too many times and began thinking maybe adoption isn’t for me and I should just buy a puppy.
Later that day I, on a whim, decided to look at the SF SPCA website just because I was almost certain I wouldn’t find any more matches. Lo and behold, I found a 2-year-old miniature poodle named Audi whose description was sweet, loving, very social and friendly. I was immediately drawn to her even though there was no picture or any other info about her. She had been from the Stockton Animal Services where there is a high kill rate, and had been transferred where she had been put for adoption the same day I found her. After thinking quickly, I had a very good feeling and put her on hold.
We met her on August 4th, 2012. She had just been spayed and was very groggy. She did not react to us and was very passive. However I decided to adopt her. Three and a half months later, she is the most wonderful, loving, cuddly, sweet, friendly, quiet social, loyal, polite and adorable dog who has made a complete transformation since she’s been with us. We kept her name as she learned Audi so fast and it actually really fit her even though at first I was totally determined to change it. I am very thankful for the SF SPCA for transferring her to their shelter. A week after we brought her home, she took a trip to the groomers and was completely shaved and cleaned up.
Now that her hair is back, it is adorably curly. At first she was very afraid of any long objects (sticks, rulers, forks) but now she is much better (we think she was abused as she is still is terrified at fly swatters). Her allergies also cleared up along with her separation anxiety. She is an angel now, and everyone tells me how lucky I am. She does not do any destructive behaviors like chew, dig, or rip. She gets along wonderfully with my other fur kids (rabbit and guinea pig). She and Stella (my rabbit) get along great, thankfully. She is completely house trained and socialized which is a relief for a first time dog parent. She is a go everywhere and love everyone type of dog. She is exactly everything we wanted. She is very respectful, intelligent, and very well trained. Her hobbies include playing with her many snoopy toys, playing with dogs at the dog park, going shopping with us and going on car rides. My only gripe? Her picky eating, oh well. Thank you again for my sweet Audi.