Update on Jill. Mr Brooks, the man responsible for Jill called me today and we talked for about 15 - 20 minutes. He is going to call my old vet in Atlanta and talk to them tomorrow as the vet I took my dogs to here in Torrington died a year or so ago. I feel like the call went well. I was totally honest with him and told him exactly what Jill could expect as my dog. I know I can come across as a hard-ass and uncaring so - for those who are wondering - she will never be tied out, she will never be chained up, she will never be thrown in a kennel and left. She is welcome to sleep in my bed if she wants to. She will have 320 acres to roam with me. She will receive regular vet check-ups, excellent food, baths as necessary, regular brushings, and all the love she wants. My job is irrigating hay so - once she has settled in, become comfortable in her new surroundings, and decides she can trust me I will start working with her on riding in the ATV that I use to irrigate. She will be with me 24/7 - at first on a retractable leash until I know she will reliably come when called (I live too close to a major highway and train tracks, and I won't risk her life by letting her run free too early) unless she 'tells' me that she prefers to be home. She can play in the ditch if she wants to, chase rabbits if she wants to, or dig a bed and snooze while I'm changing water or setting tubes. I felt like everyone who has responded to this thread and cares about her deserves to know what her life will be if we can get this worked out.
I am trying to keep my excitement in check until I get word that she is on her way, but I am very excited at the prospect of having this beautiful dog in my life! :leap: :dance: I would add a cartwheel emoticon, but we don't seem to have one.