This story starts a bit melancholic. You see, last month I had to put down my 15 year-old Pomeranian, Daisy. It was simply her time. Everyone said, “Why don’t you take some time for yourself? Travel!” Frankly, I need an animal in my life; I would like to have fifty pets. For the first time, my home was animal-less! Where were the slobbery kisses to greet me at the door?
So I searched pet adoption websites. Okay, if we are being honest, I read thousands of stories and clicked even more pictures. There are countless adoptable dogs out there; I was mentally exhausting myself. Then, I came across this precious face (the very day that she was added to Petfinder I might add).
I took one look at that smile and those ears and knew I just had to have her. Not only did I apply to adopt her, I also hunted down every e-mail I could find related to Perfect Match Animal Rescue (PMAR) and relentlessly pestered the volunteers about how I could adopt her, how many people wanted her, how I could expedite the process, and a book of references (sorry PMAR – it must have been maternal instincts).
Well, less than one week later she was on a truck with NINETY OTHER DOGS from Tennessee to New England. As excited as I was, I was not guaranteed the dog and had not even met her yet. I kept thinking, What if she doesn’t like me? What if she doesn’t get along with other dogs? Has she been abused? Then I got a text message from the foster mom, Kerri: “She has arrived! Come meet her!” My precious girl was finally in New Hampshire!
I arrived to the foster home, greeted with a million kisses from the most friendly little pup I have ever met. Love at first sight. Still, I did not know how the adoption process was going to unfold so I tried not to get my hopes up. I mean, look at that face, she must have a line of people waiting to adopt her! Then Kerri announced, “You can take her home today.” Tears instantly sprang to my eyes.
It has been a hot minute since I have had a puppy, so we have to learn together. Peanut is a Feist mix – possibly Chihuahua. The Feist is a hunting dog commonly found in the southern United States. No one that I have talked to in New England has even heard of the breed! She is four months old, fifteen pounds, and super intelligent (that may be the mother in me speaking). She is teething and partially potty trained – we still have a lot of work to do, but she is settling in quite well!
Peanut loves the beach and playing fetch! She gives kisses whenever she finds an opportunity; she is SUCH A LOVE! We are so lucky to have found her and she is clearly thrilled to have her furever home.
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She is perfect!
Adopt Don’t Shop!
- Each year, 2.7 million adoptable dogs and cats are euthanized in the United States due to overpopulation in animal shelters.
- Dogs from pet stores and online “breeders” are almost always from puppy mills (inhumane high-volume dog breeding factories with horrific conditions).
- When adopting a dog, it is guaranteed that not a single penny is going to one of the 10,000 puppy mills located in the United States.
- Over 2 million puppies sold each year were born in puppy mills.
- 21 states have no laws regulating commercial dog breeders.
- If you want a dog but do not have the time to exercise/train a puppy, there are countless older dogs who are fully trained and looking for their forever homes, too!
- Fostering rescue dogs is also a great way to help out. Most shelters are overpopulated and some adoption agencies do not have brick-and-mortar facilities. Fostering animals entails caring for them while they are up for adoption. Agencies will pay for the cost of vet bills, food, etc. – you just have to give love and support!
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