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Thursday, July 15, 2010

From Pound Puppy To Precious Pet

While browsing the Today Show website I came across a blurb about pound puppies "going glam". More specifically, it discussed how the larger breed shelter dogs are typically not as quickly adopted out as the smaller breeds. This was the premis behind Today getting several of these dogs spiffed up to show them off for hopeful adoptions, etc, etc. The report also drew my attention because it's also how we found my favorite canine sidekick, Zeek!

In the years that Richard and I have been married, we have purchased, been given, and adopted a number of dogs. Most of our dogs have been a perfect-family-match, but others...not so much. Regardless, adopting is a "gamble" just like any other method of aquiring/accepting ownership of a new pet, and a decision to be taken seriously. One of the benefits of adopting a pet, is that we get to "shop" for characteristics and a temperment that most compliments the lifestyle of our family. Choosing an animal that needs a loving home and meets our criteria is a win-win solution!

We found Zeek as we were checking out a local pet adoption event outside one of the pet supercenters. And although we were just browsing, he was certainly a handsome boxer, seriously underweight, and in need of love and attention. Even better, he even met all of the requirements on our "Must Have" list - house trained, loved children, good with other animals, and already neutered...a perfect match!

There were growing pains, of course. Days when we shook our heads and wondered what possessed us to bring this mangy beast home with us. And then there have been the hundreds upon hundreds of other days when I look at his dopey little schmushy face, and know that it was one of the best decisions we've made!

Mama Kat's Writer's Workshop

Prompt #1. Chose a headline from The Today Show website and write up an opinion post based on the story you chose.



The Ninja said...

Found you from Mama Kat. First, you are in my hometown, second, we are getting ready to get a rescue dog from the great dane rescue league, third I have to stalk you now!

Florida Girl Meets the Midwest said...

What is not to love about that shmushy face?

Stopping by from Mama Kat's.

Jennifer said...

Awww.. what a cutie! DJ loves Boxers and I won't let him get one.... not as long as we are in Jersey in a 1200 sq ft home. And, by the way, " Zeke" is DJ's nickname for Zoe (because her initials are ZEC)

CaJoh said...

Our dog is also from a shelter. I wasn't there when my wife and step-son picked it out, but it sure was cute when we got him— still is.

Thanks for sharing,

CoffeeJitters.Net (Judy Haley) said...

pound puppies are the best!

Cheryl said...

We have two pound dogs so I know EXACTLY what you mean! They're almost 10 now and I can't imagine not having them around! And your dog? Adorable!