October is Adopt a Shelter Dog Month: Introducing Addy!

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October is Adopt a Shelter Dog Month and it’s high time I introduced you to my new roomie, Adele or as we call her Addy!

Deciding to bring a pet into my life was a big decision. Growing up I wasn’t allowed to have pets because of my severe allergies. I was in the doctor’s office several times a week for allergy shots, I had the scratch tests done, and really my poor mother should have just kept me in a bubble. I was allergic to everything: dogs, cats, rabbits, (pretty much anything with fur), dust, grasses, weeds, pollen, down and feathers, you name it! I remember spending the night at my cousin’s house once and my aunt gave me a feather pillow to sleep on. I sneezed until I couldn’t breathe and my aunt panicked and called my mom. My cousin, three years older calmly counted the sneezes as I suffered–over 200 if I remember correctly!

Anywho, not being able to have pet never lessened my desire for one–every time a dog or cat had puppies or kittens in the neighborhood I would beg and plead and the answer was always the same NO. I don’t blame my mother, she was absolutely right, there was no way I could have handled it. Still to a kid, it felt like a loss.

For about the last five years or so, I have been pet less AND an empty nester. I started thinking about how nice it would be to have someone waiting for me when I got home, someone to take care of–a companion. I decided right away to forgo another cat strictly because of the fur and dander, my allergies have started acting up again the past few years, although it seems to be confined to grasses, pollen and weeds I really didn’t want to take a chance.  I wanted a small dog because I have a small house and a good sized yard but not for a big dog. I did my research and found a few small dog breeds that are suitable for allergy suffers like me. I originally was going to buy a puppy from a dog breeder, but something kept telling me not to.

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My daughter was visiting from out of state over Labor Day and we decided to go to our local Humane Society Shelter and “just look.” Ha! I immediately found and fell in love with Addy, a 2 year old Cairn Terrier (just like Toto in the Wizard of Oz!)  that had been shipped here from a high kill shelter in California. I took her out into the fenced area and played with her for a while; she was spunky but well behaved and cute as a button. I asked if she shed and the answer was no. Things were looking better all the time. Over lunch, I decided Addy was the girl for me and I called the shelter back–they told me she was gone! We had just left the shelter an hour before! My heart was broken and I kept thinking how Addy had let out a little whine when I put her back in her crate like she wanted to come home with me.

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We went home dejected and started calling other shelters within about a 50 miles radius–no one had any small dogs. That same voice that told me not to go to a breeder told me I HAD to have Addy, her little whine kept repeating in my ear and I felt we were a really good match. After about an hour of phoning and looking online, I called the shelter back and asked again if Addy was available, that voice told me to check again. After some discussion between the staff, it was finally determined she was still there and the person we talked to first had made a mistake. Yipee! I KNEW then it was truly meant to be and I hustled back out to the shelter to pick up my bundle of fur!

Fast forward a month or so, and we are both happy as clams and adjusted to each other. There is a dog park two miles from my house and we go there two to three times a week so Addy can play with other dogs. After a few visits she is now known as “The Greeter” of the dog park because she gets so excited when someone new is at the gate. She runs over and welcomes them LOL!  She is so friendly that everyone, dogs AND people love her. She loves children and other dogs and is a delight to be around. She is very loving and gives me kisses and lays in my lap for pets. I smile just thinking about her!

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I hate to admit it but I have turned into a term I always hated “a fur baby mom.’ I caught myself calling myself “mommy” to the dog, continue to buy dog toys although she destroys them in 40 seconds flat, the warmest, softest, cuddliest blanket in the house now belongs to the dog, she uses only the best dog shampoo and I always blow her dry with the hair dryer after her bath because I’m afraid she’ll catch a cold if I let her air dry! I even had a Halloween costume picked out until my friend stopped me.  Who am I?

Please don’t think that all shelter dogs are a menace or badly behaved. Addy knew how to sit, stay and come. She had been trained not to sit on the furniture unless invited and was completely potty trained. Since she was from out of state not much is known about Addy or why she was given up but I think she was well taken care of and it must have been a matter of bad circumstances. Not every shelter animal has been abused. No matter, she is well loved and cared for now. When I think that she could have been destroyed, it sends chills though me…and I don’t want to think about it.

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When looking for a pet as an addition to your family, PLEASE consider adopting a dog from your local shelter!

EVERY DOG DESERVES A CHANCE, EVERY DOG DESERVES A HOME! Adopt your best friend today!

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Comments

  1. Addy’s adorable! I volunteered with a no-kill shelter for several years, and encountered many wonderful dogs there. I’ve got 3 dogs, and they make life much more fun!

  2. Addy’s adorable! I volunteered with a no-kill shelter for several years, and encountered many wonderful dogs there. I’ve got 3 dogs, and they make life much more fun!

  3. She is so adorable. No wonder you fell in love. She’s the perfect dog for you too. Enjoy your love.

  4. She is so adorable. No wonder you fell in love. She’s the perfect dog for you too. Enjoy your love.

  5. I actually said, “awwww” out loud! So glad you saved a cute life. Please, give her many hugs and kisses for me.

  6. I actually said, “awwww” out loud! So glad you saved a cute life. Please, give her many hugs and kisses for me.

  7. Aww, love the action shot of her wagging her tail. She looks like such a sweet little thing, congratulations!

  8. Addy looks very adorable and that’s very nice of you petting when you got allergies I think more of us should do it if we can

  9. The last pic is a riot!! She’s a doll, and I can see why you brought her into your family!!

  10. Aww, love the action shot of her wagging her tail. She looks like such a sweet little thing, congratulations!

  11. Addy looks very adorable and that’s very nice of you petting when you got allergies I think more of us should do it if we can

  12. The last pic is a riot!! She’s a doll, and I can see why you brought her into your family!!

  13. Awww, what a great story! Glad you have your little Addy 🙂

  14. AWWW! What a cute pup! I have been itching to save a dog lately.

  15. Awww, what a great story! Glad you have your little Addy 🙂

  16. The best dog I ever had was a shelter dog…he crossed the rainbow bridge a year ago in Oct. and I still miss him every day…maybe this October is the perfect time to add a new fur-child to the family!

  17. AWWW! What a cute pup! I have been itching to save a dog lately.

  18. All 4 of my babies are rescues- & mixes!

  19. The best dog I ever had was a shelter dog…he crossed the rainbow bridge a year ago in Oct. and I still miss him every day…maybe this October is the perfect time to add a new fur-child to the family!

  20. All 4 of my babies are rescues- & mixes!

  21. Addie look is adorable and she looks like she has so much energy!

  22. Addie look is adorable and she looks like she has so much energy!