In honor of October being national shelter dog month, I decided that I wanted to share my own dog’s story. Though he’s not the only rescue dog I’ve had in my life, Nick is by far the most special to me because he’s been in my life since I was around 7 years old. He’s ancient now and loving life living on the farm. I’d encourage anyone that is considering getting a dog to adopt and I’m hoping that reading Nick’s story will inspire someone to adopt a pet themselves, simply donate to a local shelter or volunteer. So here’s his story:
In 2004 my mom and I were heading over to visit my grandmother’s when we spotted an empty plastic tub sitting on the side of the road. As we were about to drive by without giving it any thought, we saw paws and ears coming out of the top. Clearly, we had to stop and investigate. The lone blue, plastic tub had three six week old puppies huddled inside of it. In the car went the tub full of puppies.
Unfortunately, my mom and I couldn’t keep three puppies. So naturally, we did what anyone would do and took them to the animal shelter so that they could find loving homes. My mom was on the verge of dropping them off until the worker told her that they’d be put down immediately since the shelter was at capacity and the puppies looked like they had some pit bull in them. (Now keep in mind this was nearly 14 years ago and most shelters no longer operate this way.) Instead of leaving the puppies there we took them home with us. It took a few weeks but homes were found for Nick’s two siblings, however, there was something special about this one and I couldn’t be parted with the lanky black puppy. So my mom folded and we decided to keep him although we already had another dog.
Nick became a part of our family, played with the Sharpei mix we already had and was an overall great companion. He was protective of our house but also sweet to be around. But like his puppyhood, he didn’t have the easiest road. He showed signs of abuse from his time before we found him, he was skittish around men, had a host of skin allergies and problems.
Now around 14 years old, Nick spends his days on my family’s farm. He sleeps on his own orthopedic bed, totters around the yard and gets all the table scraps he could ever want. He suffers from arthritis but any discomfort is constantly managed and treated. He’s a world away from the abusive place he was born into or the cold box he was left in. He’s happy and that’s all because he’s found his forever home.
I urge you to go to your local shelter or adoption location to visit their dogs. Even if you can’t adopt, a small donation or a little time volunteered would go a long way.
I’ll leave you with the ultimate shelter/rescue dog quote:
“Saving one dog will not change the world, but surely for that one dog, the world will change forever.”– Karen Davison
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