I love hearing stories about successful adoptions of animals from shelters and rescue organizations. A life is saved and the human-animal bond is nurtured. Now that’s what I call a happy ending!
In honor of October’s “Adopt a Shelter Dog Month” I invite you to share your story of a successful adoption. Tell me all about your shelter dog. Not only will I read your every word, I will enter your name in a drawing to receive a signed copy of one of my books- your choice of Speaking for Spot or Your Dog’s Best Health.
I’ll get the adoption stories rolling by telling you about Quinn, my shelter dog. He is the foxy little boy in the accompanying photos. After losing our beloved Vinnie a few years back, we became a one-dog family for the first time in a very long time. To remedy this situation we turned our teenage daughter loose on Petfinder, a fabulous online adoption resource. Within minutes, she locked eyes on the mug shot of a three-month-old pup with a soft-as-butter expression. This little guy was being fostered by The Dog Spot, a rescue organization that pulls adult dogs out of high kill shelters. On a trip to a Bakersfield, California shelter, they happened to notice a few puppies who were on the chopping block- slated to be euthanized that day. Thankfully The Dog Spot intervened, as our little Quinn was one of those lucky pups.
Most people who meet Quinn comment that he resembles a fox. That he does. He is an 18-pound lean, mean, running machine who is unbelievably agile. Watching this gravity-defying creature leap, jump, and twirl is truly a sight to behold. Quinn is a major cuddle bear with those dogs and people he knows, but is initially a nervous guy in new situations. I suspect he missed out on some important socialization during that critical developmental window in a young puppy’s life. He’s also thunderphobic, but this seems to be improving over time.
Despite his flaws, our Quinnie is a beloved family member. He is definitely the apple of our daughter’s eye and her homecomings from college are noisy affairs with both she and Quinn hugging, jumping about, and squealing like little pigs. It’s enough to make a grown woman cry!
Now tell me your story.
Nancy Kay, DVM
Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine
Author of Speaking for Spot: Be the Advocate Your Dog Needs to Live a Happy, Healthy, Longer Life
Author of Your Dog’s Best Health: A Dozen Reasonable Things to Expect From Your Vet
Recipient, Leo K. Bustad Companion Animal Veterinarian of the Year Award
Recipient, American Animal Hospital Association Animal Welfare and Humane Ethics Award
Recipient, Dog Writers Association of America Award for Best Blog
Recipient, Eukanuba Canine Health Award
Recipient, AKC Club Publication Excellence Award
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Please visit http://www.speakingforspot.com to read excerpts from Speaking for Spot and Your Dog’s Best Health. There you will also find “Advocacy Aids”- helpful health forms you can download and use for your own dog, and a collection of published articles on advocating for your pet’s health. Speaking for Spot and Your Dog’s Best Health are available at www.speakingforspot.com, Amazon.com, local bookstores, and your favorite online book seller.
Photo Credits: Susannah Kay