Hazel update

Reunion after 5 weeks apart. She doubled in size!

Reunion after 5 weeks apart. She doubled in size!

When volunteers Sam and Molly visited in early June they fell in love with Hazel and asked if they could adopt her. They had a house with a big yard, perfect for her to romp and play. I live in an apartment and knew I couldn’t keep her.

So as I left for a trip back home, for my daughter’s wedding reception, I delivered Hazel to her new home. She was just 5 weeks old. It was incredibly difficult, and upon returning to my quiet, empty apartment I shed many tears. In one month I had gotten so used to having her under my feet, cuddling in my arms, and/or crying to be fed. But I know it was for the best, and she and her new family are very happy. They plan on taking her back to the U.S. at the end of service next year. From the streets of Armenia to a farm in America. That’s one lucky puppy!

Hazel is a great ambassador, teaching Armenians that dogs can be treated well. Mostly they just think we're crazy Americans.

Hazel is a great ambassador, teaching Armenians that dogs can be treated well. Mostly they just think we’re crazy Americans.

They are not far away and I’ve been able to visit a few times. It’s amazing how fast she is growing! Sam and Molly have also since been “adopted” by a large shaggy dog, who has become a great playmate for the rambunctious Hazel.

Knowing how much work it was, and how much I miss her, would I do it again? In a heartbeat. She’s still my best project so far.

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