More important, of course, was that she was small and sweet and soft-eyed and female. But there are lots of dogs meeting that description at the shelter, and all else being equal -- as it was for several of them this time around -- the name made a tiny, crucial difference for this one.
So Serendipity got the golden ticket and came up to Philadelphia.
She turned out to be a charming, funny, adorable houseguest. And she quickly drew an adoption offer from a wonderful person seeking a first dog -- a role that Serendipity, soon renamed Serenity, was and is perfectly suited to fill. This little pup is a near-perfect companion dog, and it's no surprise that she picked up a great home in no time.
She departed this morning and arrived, after some delays due to inclement weather, this afternoon -- maybe not all that happy with her epic journey (particularly as she's prone to motion sickness in her crate), but safe.
Here's hoping for a wonderful life.