Short and Sweet
It was love at first click. Christy Linkous had been looking for a dachshund on Petfinder.com, and when she came upon Callie—and took one look at her sweet, furry face, big, floppy ears and short little legs—she was hooked.
Christy quickly contacted the shelter where Callie was being cared for, figuring that such an amazing dog would be snatched up right away. But the manager's response surprised her. "Not only was Callie still there, but her days were numbered because she had been there almost as long as they could hold her," Christy recalls. No matter that the shelter was three hours away—Christy and her husband, Randy, decided without hesitation to adopt Callie.
The first meeting between pooch and parents was not what Christy had imagined. Callie was covered in fleas and dander, and she was so thin that her ribs were clearly visible. Callie had been a stray, but when she met Christy, her tail wagged happily, as if she knew she was about to go to a good home.
Actually, not quite yet—there was one quick pit stop to be made. "We wrapped her in the blanket we had brought for her, and took her straight to the groomer for a flea bath and a little TLC," says Callie's new mama.
Now, four years later, Callie has taken over the Linkous home in Lexington, KY. "It's her house—she just lets us live here," says Christy with a laugh. Miss Callie keeps her doggie sister, a rescued yellow Lab, on her toes. "Callie spends her days napping in the recliner and always has her belly full. Everyone loves her because she's just so sweet."