Yes, I would take Thomas' reaction as a sign that he was meant for you, and vice versa!
I always did love Tugger's name. How silly to go to the step of putting a cat down to check for rabies when the person stepped on his tail. I'm glad that you stood up for him.
We had a situation like that with our scottie, McDuff. I visited him daily in the pound, waiting for his adoption day to come up, and on that day couldn't wait to bail him out and take him home.
Only, he wasn't in his cage. I'm afraid that I didn't handle that as well as I should have. We searched the place with, uhm, enthusiasm. And, where did we find him? In the back, where they were planning to put him in a decompression machine, the name eludes me, thankfully.
The man that worked there in his area was sadistic, and said that McDuff was ill, and they had to put him down. Again, I wasn't at my best. That was my dog, he wasn't sick, and I wanted him...immediately.
Finally, they reluctantly, they released him, making us sign a paper saying that we were taking him regardless of his health. With that, came a free visit to a vet that worked with them across town.
We went to the appt., and they said that he had distemper, or some such nonsense. What he had were sniffles from the amount of heavily chlorinated water that they sprayed him with. This vet wanted to put him down, too. I gathered him up, and left.
He was fine, and never sick a day in his life. He was a pup, and lived well into his teens. Sometimes we just need to advocate for those without voices, especially around uncaring people!
What a sad situation at Ds's house. I'm glad that Baby made it to you.
I remember so clearly you getting Sparky.
Yes, I remember the Igloo.
Very interesting dog stories.
The deal that they made you at Cannon River is the same one that we got when we brought Beau...our Komondor, from Canada. Except, there was a mix-up.
We were supposed to get the neutered male, while someone on the east coast spent more on a show quality, unneutered, male. Only, we got the show dog, and the other people got our male. Everyone was happy though, even the other people. I don't know if they got money back, or not, but we were not charged more.
Breeding for personality, as with Kaethe and Kenzi, is a great goal.
I'm so happy for you that you found Evie. I hope that she will be a delight to you always.
Love All Life, Thank You For Posting! :)