I’m not a dog person. I grew up with cats and only later got a small family dog. After finding the woman I’d marry and hearing her describe her desire for a doggo, I knew the day would come where we’d get a fur baby of our own. What I hadn’t known was how soon that’d be.
It was just before Christmas in 2019 when we headed to the pet store for what else but more cat food for our hungry and picky lions! We quickly realized that there was an adoption event going on and agreed to meet with all the doggos. We weren’t going to adopt that day, I mean we were in sweaty gym clothes – gross, and it was not something we’d planned.
There were several different personalities the day we visited; the ball of energy medium dog, the super hyper teacup dog, and even a puppy from Puerto Rico where my family’s from and YES he understood Spanish!
We were headed towards the exit when I saw the distinctive snout of a poodle type pup. Knowing my partner’s excitement over owning a poodle I quickly pointed it out. We walked over and saw this tiny, fragile thing seemingly cowering from each and every noise she heard. My fiancée carefully acknowledged the dog and the handler before sitting down on the floor, just far enough away to not scare her. What I saw next confirmed our fate. This little ball of fur stepped out of from her shell and carefully walked herself over, then laid down in my fiancée’s lap. We both melted.
Of course, I immediately went and signed up for an adoption interview, though what I was told was slightly disheartening: the dog had several people interested in adopting her, so we’d be chosen at random if we were all approved. Knowing this, I told my partner and we tried to pull ourselves away. We walked away, but only for a bit, and kept returning to see if the puppy would warm up to us… well, long story short the other applicants chose different dogs and we were blessed to get our fur baby!
Pepper, our new addition, is best guessed to be a miniature poodle. She was picked up from North Carolina only a few days before we met, and much of her history was unknown. Her hair was dirty and thickly matted, but we washed her up and let get used to the home and our two cats. They hit it off immediately and now most mornings start with all three babies in bed (#dontjudge they’re warm and cute!).
Anyway, I know it’s heartbreaking to hear and see countless stories of abuse and neglect with defenseless animals, but this group is doing amazing work and the initial interactions they share with the animals they care for has absolutely helped the transition from tough life to loved life, in my opinion!
Just over a month later Pepper is getting stronger and eating well. She’s gained nearly a pound since we brought her home! She’s an excellent jumper and her zoomies quickly become bouncies! She spends most days lounging and playing with the cats and in the evenings we eat together and practice our training. She’s so smart and is quickly mastering the obedience/training checklist!
From the bottom of our hearts, we thank you all for this opportunity and will gladly spread the word as well as continue our support of LostDogRescue!