Maddie and I chose each other. She had been languishing at a shelter for many months--too shy to make a connection with anyone. Lots of people went to see her but nobody wanted her.
I was looking for a dog to adopt, scanning pictures and rescue sites. I bet I reviewed hundreds of potential dogs. I was looking for a mixed breed at the time when I saw Maddie's picture online. I instantly knew this was my dog. There was something about the way she stared at the camera.
The next day I am buying bowls, leashes, etc at the pet store. My wife thinks I am nuts and points out that we haven't even met this dog. No, I said. That's my dog.
We went to the shelter the next day and waited on a couch. Maddie slinks in the door, ears plastered to her head, looking meek and scared. I patted my leg and called to her. She came right up to me, buried her head in my leg and then tried to climb me. We later learned that Maddie NEVER does that kind of thing--she was always very aloof.
I put a leash on her. She gave me a questioning look. I told her to heel and off we went on our first walk. She fell right in line and seemed really happy.
We took her home an hour later. The shelter staff was in tears--she had been there so long that she was running out of time.
So, we chose each other. She was my special girl. My heart dog.
Linus van Pelt Haus Juris CGC. My Sweet Babboo, born March 17, 2014.
Madeline Ronan Heart (Maddie) Dec 1997 -- November 22, 2013 Rescue GSD, Sable
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