If you've driven down McCurdy you've noticed our big tree lit up this year! Each light is in memory and in honour of these cherished animal family members.
New edition of Meant to be Monday!
"Aayla (formerly Autumn) came into our lives early in 2018 as a young pup only a few months old. For myself, it had been a busy few years prior to Aayla with living abroad, chronic illness, and starting my Master's degree. By 2018, I was finally in the right place to adopt a dog again, and my husband needed no convincing. He loves the Northern breeds, specifically huskies, and I was dead-set on another rescue; so after religiously following every Canadian rescue Facebook group I could find, we saw Aayla's adoption photo and instantly fell in love. We figured it would be a longshot as she was very popular and we lived in another province but decided it was worth a try anyway.
A few days later, I was shocked when I answered the phone and was told that we were chosen to be with Aayla (Autumn). I immediately called my husband at his work and bawled into the phone asking if we could adopt her. After he deciphered what I was trying to say, we started the paperwork and scrambled to find a flight for her to come down our way. We managed to convince his coworker living in Gander to pick Aayla up from the SPCA, drive her down to St. Johns, and put her on a flight to Halifax where we would get her. After some last-minute paperwork issues, vet calls, and a lot of amazing work on the SPCA's part, Aayla was on her way! This was one of the most stressful times of my life, which involved even more crying when we picked her up from the airport.
Aayla immediately fit in with our little family, and we cannot imagine life without her now! This beautiful girl is the best part of our lives and we cannot express enough how grateful we are for being chosen as her forever home. She has the most genuine character and truly is the best dog out there. She is incredibly good-natured and social, making friends with humans and dogs alike (and still attempts with cats as well). A fairly typical husky, Aayla can be quite chatty and sassy, loves her zoomies around the house, sheds like no tomorrow, sleeps belly-up, and cannot get enough of relaxing outside in the cold!
Aayla goes practically everywhere with us these days, including multiple trips to Southern Ontario by car to visit family (thankfully she loves road trips). Her life consists of her favourite things: doggy daycare, playdates with her best puppy friend Luna (also a rescue), swimming at the off-leash dog park, car rides everywhere, and playing with a seriously excessive amount of toys. She loves sitting on our porch in her favourite chair, playing fetch with her Simba stuffy, and snuggling her dad. She was even our 'dog of honour' at our wedding this past June!
She came into our lives at the best possible time and has already been there for us in more ways than we can count. We are so blessed to have her complete our family, and we can't wait to see what the next few years hold for all of us together on this amazing adventure!
Ps, we estimated that her birthday is at the end of November, and we already have a great party lined up for her second birthday!
Thanks again Gander SPCA - you are all truly the best people and deserve so much credit for the amazing work you do for connecting all these families together (especially ours)!"
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36 McCurdy Drive Gander, NL A1V 1A2
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