Adopted by Love
Ever since I was out on my own I always wanted my own dog to care for and to keep me company. There was always an excuse: I don't have the time, I'm a student, I don't live in a pet friendly apartment, I don't have the money, I don't have a back yard...Then we went house shopping: I was excited as I knew it meant I could get a dog of my own. My decision was to get settled in the new place and then look for my perfect fur friend. While we're settling in I got a diagnosis for my bothersome health issues. I was crushed. I was diagnosed with MS. I didn't think I could care for my much wanted dog. I really wanted a furry companion but I was afraid to do an injustice by not being able to offer it everything I thought it needed.
Then the specialists and the MS nurses kept asking about this dog I didn't have. I informed them I was afraid of not being able to care for one and not wanting to neglect my favourite animal. I was told that due to my fears I wouldn't neglect one. It needing to be walked, fed and played with would be beneficial to me as it would keep me active and mobile. It would give me a reason to keep going.
Also informed that dogs are not only great companions but also great stress relievers and would provide me with a number of health benefits.
I thought about it and discussed the idea. I was the only one who was afraid of this great injustice I would do to my future dog.
With hesitation and excitement I decided I would get a rescue dog.
I was checking out other dogs when my boyfriend spotted Ainka fast asleep under a chair. We played with her and her energy levels didn't scare us. We brought her home.
She is the best medicine for me. Taking her home was the best decision.
She's my best friend, she doesn't leave my side. She's comical and extremely sweet. She has so much love to give.
In the house she's lazy and obedient she does all kinda of tricks she: waves, high fives, dances, hugs, rolls over...
outside she's an obedient wild child. She is a social butterfly she loves everyone.
Everyone in the neighbourhood knows her as she demands attention.
She takes care of me, on my sick days she will stay by my side and refuse walks as she knows I'm not up to it.
If her dad takes her out she will do her business then drag him home so she can be with me.
When we do go out she will bring me to a bench to have a seat when I get tired she refuses to over exert me.
If I feel like falling or am falling she pulls me in the opposite direction trying to keep me up.
If she lets me walk her when I'm sick she protects me. She will bark when someone is coming as if to say stay away from my mom.
She will bring me home when she feels I had too much.
She loves everyone and every dog but when I'm sick she's on a mission she has no time to say hi or play with her friends. But when I'm well she won't let anyone walk past her without saying hello.
As I turns out my Ainka is not neglected she is loved and does not lack of anything. She gets plenty of love, attention and exercise.
As for me I don't know what I would do without her. She is my everything, my best friend, my nurse, my child, my health and my mobility. She's the best thing that has ever happened to me.
I am grateful to be able to say that she is my companion.
My husband and I were looking to adopt a dog, and we came across Buckles (who is now named Jax). He was sitting upright, and looked adorable. Not a few days later and we went to visit him. As soon as he was let out, he instantly ran up to my husband and hugged his leg. He followed us around all night long, and we said "Yes, we're taking him tonight!"
Jax instantly showered me with kisses the whole way home. Picking him up from the rehab center a year ago from now has been a huge difference. He was very shy, frightened, and had separation anxiety. He is much more confident now, and has been a blessing to our home! He is extremely cuddly and affectionate, and we couldn't have been ANY luckier! I have officially been given the title of the "Crazy Dog Lady" by friends and family, because I am absolutely in love with my doggies!
I recently adopted Hollywood who is a German Shepherd/Border Collie Cross who was sheltered by the Sundance Canine Rescue since February of 2012 when she was found on the Alexander Reserve. Hollywood was approximately 7 months old when she was found malnourished and tied to a trampoline on the reserve. Despite being left alone for much of the beginning of her life she socializes excellent with all dogs and people thanks to her amazing foster parent.
Hollywood and I have proven to be an excellent match for each other as we both have a lot of energy and enjoy going for runs or playing with the other dogs at the local dog park. Recently I have been training to complete a half Marathon in September and she is the best personal trainer you could ask for. When were not burning our energy off doing outdoors activities, you can usually find us snuggling together on the couch watching TV or reading books.
It’s an amazing feeling to have adopted a rescue dog, they are the best dogs you could ask for as they are very affectionate and always aim to please you. Despite Hollywood’s rocky entrance into this world she has proven herself to be very resilient in keeping an excellent disposition and in allowing me into her life. Our latest planned activity together will be to enroll in agility classes this upcoming fall.
Thanks for reading and remember to have your pets spayed or neutered.