Adventures and escapades come in all shapes and sizes, and this one is no different. Did you know that October is Adopt a Shelter Dog month?
While this may not seem overly adventurous, but I promise you, the addition of any animal into your life is the fuzzy adventure of a lifetime. Meet my dogs Charlie and Wilson.
Both are shelter dogs, both had horrible backstories and both had us at “woof”. Charlie was abandoned in a locked yard of an abandoned house, he was under fed, covered in foxtails and many had infected sores from the foxtails. He was so sick when he was picked up that he had to have surgery in multiple areas to remove the foxtails, including having his front paws split to get them out (ouch!). He was shaved short when we got him but now he looks like this.
He is fat and happy and spoiled and has the sweetest personality. He loves everyone and has an inordinate love of squeaky toys (the squeakier the better).
This is Wilson, he was hit by a car in front of our house and was running around the neighborhood, scared, hurt and starving. After catching him (the plan was courtesy of Willie E Coyote and the Roadrunner cartoons) we took him to the vet and fixed him up. We took him to the shelter in case he was someones, and when it was determined that he was not, we brought him back home.
Wilson follows my husband like he hung the moon, is always willing to cuddle and likes to burrow under the blankets.
Both of these dogs have brought my husband and I a lot of joy and happiness. They are happy, we are happy and while they sometimes steal the bed and track mud on the floors, they are a part of our family.
The only ones not as happy about their introduction to the household?
This is Duke, his hobbies include hiding my Nook, any kind of remote and all small electronics by laying on them and cuddling you within an inch of your life.
This is Nicole. Her hobbies are telling everyone, including us, what to do, sleeping in the sun and graciously allowing us to use the bed at night.
These two are our shelter rescue cats. They have been with us for 12 years and they completely rule the household. They also were abused and starved and when we brought them home we didn’t see them for a year. They hid and we’d hear them eating under the cover of darkness. Now, they boss around everyone in the house, including the dogs.
Is my house over run with animals? Absolutely. Is it worth it? Indubitably
So this October, if you can, go out and add a member to your family. I prefer to call it, Adopt a Shelter Animal month, because while you may not be able to save a dog, you could save a cat, a bunny or whatever else you may find. 🙂 So join me in this adventure, I promise you that while sometimes it can seem crazy, it is definitely worth it.
If you can’t adopt, you can always help out your local shelter by donating time, food and supplies!