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It was the begining of January in 2007 and I went to visit our local animal shelter which I rarely do, but something told me to go. I went into the doggy room and in the corner cage was a little black puppy, he was so cute and excited to see someone. I asked the attendants about him and was told he was a four month old boxador (boxer/lab) and that he had been brought in with a broken front leg. Well, I watched him run around and play and he acted like nothing was wrong with him. My family and I ended up adopting him and named him Austin. We went to numerous vets about his leg and was told it couldn't be fixed because to much time went by with no treatment from the previous owners. Today, Austin is a wonderful 1 1/2 year old, full of energy and a joy to have around, he is now a big brother to a boxer puppy (6 months), Kasey. Those two are funny to watch and they love to ride, they go everywhere with us! I advise anyone and everyone to check your local shelters forst when looking for a new family pet!
I adopted Mario (on the right) from Rover Rescue in Redondo Beach, CA. It was love at first sight when I saw him. When it came time to find him a companion, I turned to Petfinder.com. The entry for Luigi (left) popped up and I knew I had found the one. Turns out both of these boys had been previously adopted and returned for different reasons. But that was to my good fortune. I couldn't have asked for better angels who bring me great love, joy and laughter every day!
We found Moose at the local pound, thin, sick, horribly infected ears, heartworms - you name it! But one look at those quiet, soulful eyes and I was lost! Now, a few months later, he is healthy, free of disease, 20 pounds heavier, and FULL of energy and goofiness! He has fast become a Momma's boy, and I can't imagine life without him!
Thor and Isis have enriched our lives with their BIG presence and unconditional love. After the sudden death of our previous Great Dane, we wanted to honor her memory by filling our house with more Great Danes. Our adoptions were from Gentle Giants Rescue in Norco, CA.
Isis has been a breeding bitch who was rescued from a puppy mill. She had two failed adoptions and a few issues when we met her. She had been so emaciated and sick that she almost died. Now she's a happy girl who enjoys cuddling with her Daddy and having her own couch to sleep on.
Thor's previous owner died of cancer so he and his brother were turned in just hours before our adoption appointment. It was love at first sight! He is truly a gentle giant, standing 36" at the shoulder. He loves being sprayed with the water hose and getting his belly rubbed. He's Mommy's big baby boy!
I saw Bailey on the way to work. She was crossing two lanes of traffic and was almost hit twice. She looked so scared and confused. I knew I had to save her. I stopped and opened my car door. She ran up to me and I swooped her in my arms. In my car she went. She was so thin and covered with fleas. I took her home, washed and fed her. I tried to find her owner even though there was no collar. I'm glad no one claimed her, although I can't imagine why. She is the sweetest most loving dog I've ever owned. She's also smart as a whip. Her gentle spirit and love have truly enriched my life. I believe we were meant to find one another. I can't imagine life without her.
Freeway is a 9-month old German Shepherd pup I found July 14 on the shoulder of the freeway on my way to work. There were cars speeding past only five feet from her. She was emaciated, dehydrated, and had a severely broken leg. She was complete with flies. She had laid down to die. I picked her up and took her to the vet. She's had surgery to put a rod in her leg and is on cage rest for the next 6 weeks. When she has the rod out, she will also be spayed and given all necessary vaccines. Freeway will be adopted out to a safe and forever home as soon as she is well.
I had never had a pet growing up and when I moved into a place that allowed pets, the first thing I wanted to do was go get a dog. I had always considered myself a dog person. I went to the local shelter for just that. A dog. I had to walk through this room to get to the holding area for the dogs. That room was full of cats. I stopped to look at a few. As I was looking at this really beautiful persian cat, I felt something grab my legs. Yes, both legs. I looked down, and in the cages below the persian were two domestic short haired tabby cats. Very average looking cats. Nothing really special about them upon first sight. Boy was I wrong. They had reached out to me and that was it. I asked about the cats and the lady at the shelter told me that they were litter mates that had been adopted once before and had been brought back. The people who had adopted them were moving and couldn't take them with them. These two kitties had been sitting in this no-kill shelter for 8 mos. with what seemed to be no hope of adoption. She said that no one wanted to have to adopt two cats and the shelter had insisted they remain together. I didn't need to walk any further. I didn't pick them, they picked me. I took them home and absolutely spoiled them to death. They were almost like little dogs and still are really. They won't leave my side. They love their bellies rubbed. One of them even licks as a dog kisses. I lucked out with these two. The very best pets a first time pet owner could have.
I found Juno through petfinder.com in a shelter in Maple, NC a couple years ago after my dog Lucky died of cancer. Juno had heartworms and wasn't being treated for it. I drove from Virginia to get him not knowing much about him and also if he would get along with my cats. It was a leap of faith that paid off big time. He is now healthy and beautiful. He is great with the cats and loves people. He is the sweetest dog I have even known and smart too! I am so glad every day I have him.
Two years ago, we were looking to adopt one small dog, as a companion for our 10 year old son. We saw these two guys at a rescue event; their human parents had both died. We hadn't planned on two, but they won our hearts. Eddie and Jake are toy fox terriers, half-brothers, and our new BFF! Eddie never leaves the house without a tennis ball in his mouth, and Jake (the overgrown one!) has never met any food he didn't like! And they never stop making us laugh! Thank you, Homeward Trails Rescue!
Cookie was rescued from the Asheville animal shelter at 6 mo, but was to active for the lady to keep and so she was heading back to the shelter when I heard about her. I had lost my Stumpie, my best pal of 14 years, so wanted no other dog at the time, but couldn't help myself. Cookie and I have been together now for 3 years, and it is great. She is a loving little new best pal, and I thank God everyday for her.