Meet Indy Silk
It’s been about a year since our sweet Hopi passed away. That girl left a big hole in our lives.
So we did a thing: we adopted another dog.
When our local feed store had an adoption event over the summer, I checked out a beautiful cattle dog who was quickly adopted but she led me to Three Little Pitties (3LP), a rescue based in Houston. They adopt almost exclusively in the Pacific Northwest: Oregon, Idaho, Washington, and British Columbia.
So I looked at the website and found two dogs that tugged at my heartstrings: a Plott hound mix and a black lab.
You think the hearts-in-eyes emoji is a joke, but I definitely saw Robert get hearts in his eyes when he saw the black lab, Indy Silk. So we applied and met with her adoption coordinator. She was the one who first rescued Indy from a shelter and got her into 3LP. As with many dogs who find themselves in need of rescue, Indy left people wondering how she came to be turned in as a stray. She had clearly been a cared-for dog. But no one came for her. She had puppies at some point in her past—maybe a lot of them at once—and that complicated her spay surgery. Like most rescues in Texas, she also had to be treated for heartworms. Luckily, hers was a mild case and her long-term foster saw her through both the spay and the heartworm treatment. 3LP provides all initial vet care and a behavioral assessment plus a microchip.
Three Little Pitties sends a transport of dogs and cats on a semi to the PNW every 2-3 weeks. It takes 48 hours to get to our local dropoff in Kent and it’s a rough journey. I don’t love that part of her story, but the 3LP folks assured us that coming to the PNW is like winning the lottery for these dogs and cats. Indy was a little shell-shocked for about two days but quickly recovered.
Three Little Pitties specializes in family-friendly dogs and Indy likes everyone: men, women, and kids. She made our list because she was described as dog-neutral. Our dog Buddy is dog-selective, so a dog that would give him space was a high priority. A month in, I’m not so sure she’s so neutral. After a few weeks with us, she busted through my office door to introduce herself to Buddy. For the first time in his life, he did not react first and ask questions later. It was a Christmas miracle. It’s been pretty smooth sailing between the two of them since then. She’s a bit of a resource guarder. (Buddy has been a problem child at times but never a resource guarder.) She’s also a little too laser-focused on the cat. We are working on both.
A dog’s personality often reveals itself slowly over time. Some surprises: Indy is completely house-trained. Accidents are common when dogs get a new home but we have had zero. She’s crate-trained. She knows how to sit and shake. She’s good on a leash and great in the car. She’s a world-class snuggler. She thinks that she’s a fine lap dog and has a pretty cute backup-into-your-lap move. She loves, loves, loves toys. We were told she wasn’t treat motivated and we thought how can that be? She’s a lab! We have learned that it very much depends on the treat. She likes pretty boring treats by Buddy’s standards—but she likes them a lot. She’s incredibly gentle taking treats (similar to Buddy, but unlike our other chompers.)
Some apparent firsts: wearing a harness and a raincoat, riding in a truck, climbing stairs, and living with a cat.
Indy is incredibly shiny and soft: she lives up to her name. She loves attention. She loves Robert and follows him around. She’s just what we needed. In many ways, she’s like Hopi, but in others she is different. She has some similarities to Brin and even Buddy and she’s also her own dog. Buddy seems changed for the better by her. He hasn’t been himself since losing Hopi. Now he seems happy to have a dog friend who shares his love for the outdoors and his interest in sniffing everything on the street, three times a day.
Indy Silk is her fancy rescue name but it suits her, she answers to it, and we love it. And her. 🖤