Since I didn’t know Brookline existed at the time, I was searching shelters to adopt a lab. When I made a phone call on a Saturday in late August 1998 to the Bucks County SPCA they informed me that they had a young yellow lab that came in on Thursday. As soon as my husband returned from work at noon, we bundled our 2 year old and our 12 year old into the car and headed for the SPCA. There we met Ariel, a 1 year old yellow lab, and we fell in love immediately. She was great with the kids and seemed to like all of us. We took her home that day and our life with Ariel started. The next day, we left her in our family room for about an hour and she pulled curtains down and chewed our doors. I didn’t know what to do so I called the SPCA and told them we needed to bring her back. The lady that answered the phone asked if we had crated her and at that time, I had no knowledge about crates so we had not. We immediately went out and bought a crate and Ariel went right into it and we never had problems with her again. My husband always told her she had one bad day in all the years she was with us and that is so true. I always told her she had the softest ears in Bucks County and she did.
Ariel brought me to Brookline as I met the founder of Brookline, Nicole Soyster, online at a group for lab lovers. She responded to questions I had and I, in turn, offered to help Brookline here in the Philadelphia area. I have Ariel to thank for my involvement in Brookline and there are so many other things I have to thank her for – her unconditional love, her protection of my “boys”, and the list goes on.
Ariel loved all of us. She accepted a cat into our home and then another dog and eventually 2 more cats just recently. She was a smart, affectionate and wonderful dog. She was as close to perfect as a dog can be and it was hard to let her go after having her for 14 years but we knew we had to do what was best for Ariel. She left a hole in all our hearts and we miss her so much. See you at the Bridge, softest ears in Bucks County….