We adopted Vivien on December 5. When I saw her photo on the Charlottesville Albemarle SPCA website, it was love at first sight. Her name then was Pretty Girl, and I was smitten.


She came to Charlottesville through the Best Friends Animal Society from a shelter in Houston established for Hurricane Harvey relief efforts.

As is the case with many of the dogs rescued from Houston, Vivien tested positive for heart worm. She went back to the Charlottesville SPCA later in December for her last treatments.

She was still pretty sleepy when I brought her home the afternoon of December 21:


For the past month, Viv’s been spending lots of time being a couch potato:


And loving on Kike:



Being a city girl from Houston, we’re pretty sure Vivien had never seen cows or donkeys, heard coyotes, and most likely, never experienced snow before coming to Morning Bray Farm.


She’s settled in quite nicely, is learning the ins and outs of being a country girl, and is definitely finding her way into all of our hearts.


We’re all especially looking forward to this Thursday, when her post-treatment restricted activity period ends.

Viva la Viv! ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥