Daily Dose of Cute

Earlier today, the Shelter Pet Project posted on its Facebook page: "People are three times more likely to go to a shelter or rescue group for their pet if they've spoken with someone who has. Comment if you promise to talk to someone about your adopted pet before the end of the weekend!"

Three times more likely to rescue! That's a lot!

So, if you rescued a pet, I encourage you to work your companion into a conversation this weekend, if you can! And here's my contribution to that dialogue…

I am often told, and say myself, that we are lucky to have rescued two such amazing dogs. And luck is certainly part of it. Another part is knowing for what type of dog you will make a complementary guardian. Although Iain and I adore bully breeds, and are aware of the dire need for willing adopters of bully breeds, we knew as first-time adult dog owners that we were not prepared to provide a home for a bully breed. Dudley the Greyhound, on the other hand, was the perfect fit for us.

image of Dudley taking a nap on his big stripey pillow
And he needed a home, too!

Another part is jettisoning common prejudices. Zelda was on the fast-track to being put down: She was a stray at a shelter with no known background (including whether she was even housebroken), a black dog, an adult dog, a mixed breed, and totally untrained on a leash. Five strikes. Five reasons that everyone else at the shelter that day was writing her off. They passed her cage like she wasn't even there. She was worth seeing. She was worth my consideration. I have been richly rewarded for giving her a chance.

image of Zelda standing in the living room, grinning
She is the perfect fit for us, too.

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