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It was almost a year since both our beloved dogs, Charlie and Maddy, died. We had them for 13 and 14 years and I decided that it was too hard to fall in love only to have my heart broken again.

We made a trip to our local Animal shelter to look at dogs. A few months before, we had adopted two wonderful kitties, Jinx and Josie. We were happy with them but it was time to add a dog back into the mix. When we walked in, we went to the back and there in a kennel was the cutest little poodle like dog wagging his tail and being as cute as he could. I was paying attention to this handsome little guy, when all of the sudden I was being barked at by a very feisty, terrier, beagle looking little character who would not shut up. I turned to her and said, "You will never get a home that way." She shut up long enough for me to turn my attention to her and then we went to the front to see if poodle face was available. He had charmed so many people that he had two contracts on him so we left.

After some research on the barker, we learned that her family was in the military, were being transferred and could only take one pet; so, they chose the one that had not peed on their bed. With a less than spectacular resume, we returned to meet her Hennessy. She charmed us so much, we fell for her.

We brought her home and after several attempts to crate her failed, we gave up and she settled down to become a great family member. Being a fan of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, we renamed her Buffy and shortly after we found Wesley, who of course has his own story.

We love our family of dogs and cats and although we recently lost another beloved pet, Max, we will never be without shelter animals in our lives. They give so much and ask nothing in return.

Bess C Yearsley
frederick, MD

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