The shelter screwed up! The day the call came in that Maggie was being turned in there was a man there specifically looking for a black lab puppy and they told him he could have first dibs at her. They told him to call back on Tuesday and come in on Wednesday after she had her rabies shot.
He didn't call on Tuesday - WE DID and they told us they had some interest but the guy hadn't called so we could have her.
Then he showed up on Wed to see her as they said (not sure why he didn't call?) and was quite upset that they had promised her to us when he says they promised her to them.
The manager of the shelter had a death in her family and was out of town so all these promises were made by various volunteers who had no authority to make them.
Anyway when the manager got back and sorted things out - the bottom line is the other guy was promised first, all his references checked out (as did ours) and she felt compelled to give the dog to him.
So as a big "sorry for the mix-up" they offered us a free adoption on a dog of our choice now or in the future. Will keep us on a list if we want for a lab or lab mix young dog or we can adopt one that is there now.
We had talked about adopting "Belle" if Maggie fell through but were so hoping for Maggie.
This is Belle - I'd have to go meet her to decide: