Although we ask adopters all the time to send us a little write-up about their new furry family member so that we can post their stories to our website, very few people take us up on it. So we were delighted when Paladin’s adopter sent us their story AND some great pictures. We hope you’ll enjoy reading the following as much as we did:
Periodically I made rounds to local animal shelters. I had one rescue dog, lived in a patio home and because I knew that being a good pet owner is a huge responsibility and takes major commitment, I was there “just to visit”. My heart migrates toward the adult & senior dogs that are often overlooked. The previous year I had attended Pearls for Paws fundraiser @ Mellwood Arts Center for Animal Care Society so I decided ACS would be my stop that day.
As I entered the facility, I was extremely impressed with how it was being run, the cleanliness of the facility and the hard working staff that brought it all together. I signed in and proceeded to follow a volunteer to the kennels. As I walked around and said “hi” to each one, there in the last kennel stood this beautiful Collie mix and I said “Well, what are you doing here?”! Long story short, I have two hands to pet with and a big heart to love with (and a husband who is generous with the financial support) so after going thru the rigorous but necessary process of adoption, he and I were united.
In less than five months Paladin (a knight from Charlemagne’s court) has come so far from the rugged life he had before ACS rescued this broken soul. A boy who it took 3 people to load in the car now rides anywhere and everywhere with me from the local hardware store to road trips; from being scared of TV and squeaky toys to napping with both; from not allowing hugs to freely giving kisses. We take midnight walks among the stars in the peace, quiet and stillness of the late hour. Paladin is my best friend. The first thing I wake up to in the morning and the last thing I say “sweet dreams, my precious knight” to at night.