This is a story of a one-eyed senior rescue dog name Cricket Noodle Soup. Okay, really her name is just Cricket but I tend to add things to the end of her name every single time I say it: Crickey-Doodle, Crickey Doodle Doo, Cricket Noodle Soup. Thankfully she responds to any of them.
Cricket is 12-years-old and was found wandering the streets in a nearby town. She was skittish and someone was finally able to catch her. She was so matted that they didn’t even know that she was missing an eye until they were able to cut her fur back. This is our first meeting at the shelter:
She jumped right in my lap:
I wasn’t sure we were ready yet for a new dog and I was talking to the shelter about fostering her for a while when a car drove up. I could see the couple sitting inside the car with the windows rolled up, both smoking and cigarette smoke swirling around them. The doors opened up, they both flicked their butts next to the dog yard, and then the woman screeched, “Is THAT dog available? I want that one!” At that moment I pulled Cricket close and said, “Oh, I’m sorry…she’s already taken.” And that’s how we ended up with Cricket!
Ok, technically we were still just fostering, to make sure she was a good fit for our family. But she settled right in like she’d always been a part of our little menagerie. Sienna took right to her and Cricket to her. Cricket even chose to sleep in Sienna’s bed day and night:
When I woke up one morning and saw this I knew we were most likely a foster fail (or success! whichever way you look at it):
Cricket loves to walk…but she only has pep in her step when the leash is on. I put on her collar and leash each morning and she drags me around the neighborhood like she’s on a mission! And that’s when you see her smile:
Look at that grin!
We think she looks a little bit like Cookie Monster when she’s smiling:
She’s way too snuggly…it’s hard to get anything done when this face is looking at you:
She’s just made herself right at home:
Max is okay with her too:
Here’s a recent pic of Max just so he gets some air time:
We officially adopted Cricket on May 3. I signed the paperwork and Sienna signed it too. The same day Cricket decided to eat a doormat. It reminded me of when Sienna was in Kindergarten and I asked her why she was so good for her teachers but not so much for me and her answer was, “Because I hold all my bad behavior in all day and when I get home I just can’t hold it in anymore.” But she hasn’t done it again since…maybe she just sensed that something was different:
We were able to find out some of her backstory too. She has a microchip but her previous owner passed away and then she ended up homeless. She lost her eye a few years back when she was put in a yard with other dogs that turned on her. She’s not very trusting of other dogs right off the bat which is understandable…but she wants to be friends! My favorite thing is how vocal she is. Cricket talks to us constantly to let us know what she needs. And sometimes she just purrs:
As I write this today Cricket is outside in the sunshine. She never wanders off. She barks at anyone that drives by but never goes after them. When she wants to come back in she barks at the door.
Happy used to do the same thing! We miss Happy so much but so thankful she opened our hearts to senior dog adoption. Senior Dogs 4 Ever Ya’ll. That should be my new Cricket hashtag. Here’s a photo of Happy just because she always makes me happy:
This year Happy’s sunset maple got its new leaves. It was the last of all our trees to lose its leaves last year. That almost exactly 251 days of sunset leafiness. We had Happy for 251 days. I feel like she sent us a sign. P.S. Can you spot Max?
The biggest difference between Happy and Cricket is that Happy always had a “resting smile face” and Cricket has more of a, well, “resting grump face?”
But she’s so sweet and we love her. To read more about all our animals click here!
Beth Cline says
I love this story and love you and your wonderful amazing heart. I really needed this story today so I thank you for this blog just at the right time.
Cindy Cole says
She is precious and so are you!! And, I hope those people that were smoking and saying they wanted her were not given ANY dog!! Max is a doll as always .
I hope Sienna is having a wonderful summer!!
Jill Wood says
I love hearing your stories. 🙂
Jill Wood says
PS: my dog Mini (a darling papillion passed last monday, I needed this story.)
How sweet Cricket is! I’m so happy for her that your heart opened up to her. Our Toby is a rescue, but he is pretty sure he rescued US, which may be true, lol. Thank you for sharing.
Pat Schwab says
Cricket adopted your family! She is adorable. We just adopted a cat. All of our dogs and cats have been rescues.
Terri Johnson says
She said “what”!
lesley opheim says
LOVE that you saved her or maybe she saved you…beautiful people you are!!
Vickie J Stewart says
I’ve always gotten so much more from our senior rescues, too… maybe because they have more to tell. You tell your seniors and juniors and in between tales so well… Keep it up!
Hello Ashley What a very touching story. I am so glad that you decided to take her in. I remember when Happy went over the Rainbow Bridge and your story about her.
Have you ever thought about writing a kids book about Happy and then a following up about Cricket?
If you need a good illustrator, I would love to do it.
Thanks for the lovely story.
That was a nice story. I had to laugh about the two people in the car. LOL What a beautiful home that little guy gets to come to. I know how you feel about Happy. I still can’t get over my Rainey. It’s been two years, but feels like yesterday. I am so happy for you. Enjoy your writing…
We too felt we couldn’t get over our “puppy-son”, and after 18 years we again adopted not just one, but two. Now we can’t believe we deprived ourselves of all those years of happiness.
mary anne radmacher says
This blissed me out, my friend.
Marci Moore says
I love your big beautiful heart. Thanks for sharing this story. This day needed a good ending.
Jackie Beardsley says
I believe our rescue pets somehow know they have been rescued. They have all been the sweetest fur kids ever. I also theorize that our pets who have gone to the rainbow bridge carefully select for us our next rescue since they know who will be “best” for our family. I’m a silly lady who loves my pets dearly, could you tell? Sure do enjoy your writing, thank you for bringing us along.
Phyllis Bala says
…and I love hearing your stories! The woman in the car reminded me of the scene in 101 Dalmations, when Cruella Deville rolls up in her limo, kicking up a cloud of dust, with her cigarette spewing smoke from a long cigarette holder. What a funny & scary picture you painted, defending your little cricket noodle soup! congratulations on your new 4 legged family addition! Much love.
Amy Tingle says
BEST home ever! Seriously, you guys would be my choice if I was a stray dog. In fact if you ever decide to take in stray humans, we’ll be your test case. LOL Love you all and love that face on Cricket Noodle Soup. xo
Bonnie Davis says
After reading your post I am having a good cry for all the dogs that we’ve rescued and have passed away. I still have 2 cats that I’ve rescued but now is not a good time to rescue another dog. I will when our situation allows it. Thank you, Ashley. Thank you for sharing your beautiful stories.
JANELLE A WILWERT says
A wonderful message. Animals bring out so much good in our life. I am lost when our dogs are not at home. Thanks for sharing your new fur baby.
Julie H (Mom Taxi Julie) says
Awww! My cat had to have his eye taken out. Doesn’t seem to bother him one bit!