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Adoption Stories: My Gal Blue

By PetcoFoundation on Nov. 17, 2016

I did not need a dog.

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I could travel on a moment’s notice.

I could wear black without using a lint brush.

A dog would only complicate things.

So what was I even doing at the animal shelter?

“I am only looking,” I told the kind woman as I signed in at the front desk. “I will not be leaving with an animal.”

And I really meant it.

I was already like a favorite auntie to a neighbor’s dog. I often took Scout running and spoiled her silly, then returned her to her human. I thought it was the perfect setup for a dog lover who didn’t need to have a dog of her own. 

Yet, something had prompted me to a rural shelter that day: a rough outpost at the edge of a mesa where the heroic staff works tirelessly to keep the place going.

I can only call it a nudge from the universe. Not that it was impulsive, mind you. In fact, I had spent the entire year with a simmering addiction to animal rescue websites. I was on a nameless mission without a clue as to the objective. I told myself that looking at orphan dogs was merely a hobby. In hindsight, that year was like tilling the soil in preparation for planting. I was preparing without even knowing it.

So there I was at the shelter, finally seeing real dogs instead of pictures on a computer screen.

The barking was thunderous. Desperate voices crying, “Pick me!”

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Dogs jumped, yelped and clamored for attention as I walked past. It was predictably heart-wrenching.

Then I saw a furry body that was strangely quiet. She seemed to be focused on trying to melt herself through the chain link, as if that were possible. Her intent gaze could not be ignored.

“Could I see that dog?” I asked the attendant.

The words tripped out of my mouth before I could retrieve them. Five little words that would change my life.

I sat on the dirt outside her cage as he fumbled with the latch, until out bolted 35 pounds of wagging happiness...straight into my lap.

I don’t know how or why, but in a single instant I knew that she was mine and I was hers. Needless to say, I left with an animal that day. It was the best forty bucks I’ve ever spent.

Blue and I are a team now. We run miles into the mountains. We swap stories without speaking. Our bond is so sacred that descriptions are inadequate. I have learned that the most extraordinary things in life often look very ordinary on the surface. That’s the thing about love.

Blue_3.gifI still wear black, by the way. To hell with the lint brush. I even still travel on a moment’s notice, but only if Blue can come along.

Does it complicate things? Just a little. Is it worth it? Oh, YEAH!

Because it turns out that I needed a dog after all.

Find the best friend you never knew you needed. Go to our events page for details on Adoptions by Petco. 

2015 Holiday Wishes Winner - $25,000 grand prize winner: Stray Hearts Animal Shelter
Story submitted by Laurie Lambert

 

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‎01-15-2016 12:06 PM

CONGRATULATIONS!  Every dog has a story....some are just much more "touching".

Cat Wink

CONGRATULATIONS!  Every dog has a story....some are just much more "touching".

Cat Wink

Posted on Jan. 15, 2016
by StrawberryCurl
‎11-03-2016 12:57 PM

Great story!  I didn't need a dog either.  I didn't want to be responsible for walking it, feeding it, etc.  We adopted our dog in 2009 (he was 5 months old).  In February 2015 he started having seizures.  He had a seizure on Tuesday night, and I have been at home and with him every single moment since then to give him specific timed medications.  I did not attend a friend's birthday celebration yesterday to be with him.  I cannot imagine my life without him.

Great story!  I didn't need a dog either.  I didn't want to be responsible for walking it, feeding it, etc.  We adopted our dog in 2009 (he was 5 months old).  In February 2015 he started having seizures.  He had a seizure on Tuesday night, and I have been at home and with him every single moment since then to give him specific timed medications.  I did not attend a friend's birthday celebration yesterday to be with him.  I cannot imagine my life without him.

Posted on Nov. 3, 2016
by Jacqui
‎11-03-2016 01:40 PM

What a great and heartwarming story.  Happy for  both person and beautiful Blue. There is nothing greater than the unconditional love, the compassion, the joy and companionship of a dog.  I am envious.  My little dog died a few days ago and my grief is unbearable, I miss her more than any words could ever begin to describe.

We need far more kind and compassionate people in this world who will rescue and adopt and save the lives of these beautiful little souls.B

What a great and heartwarming story.  Happy for  both person and beautiful Blue. There is nothing greater than the unconditional love, the compassion, the joy and companionship of a dog.  I am envious.  My little dog died a few days ago and my grief is unbearable, I miss her more than any words could ever begin to describe.

We need far more kind and compassionate people in this world who will rescue and adopt and save the lives of these beautiful little souls.B

Posted on Nov. 3, 2016
by Zongo
‎11-03-2016 01:42 PM

Dogs & other pets are totally worth the work, as everyday they make me smile or laugh at least once.  I used to be a one dog at a time person, but the best thing my ex wife ever taught me is that having multiple dogs is even better.  Currently I have 2 dogs and a cat, and couldn't be happier.

Dogs & other pets are totally worth the work, as everyday they make me smile or laugh at least once.  I used to be a one dog at a time person, but the best thing my ex wife ever taught me is that having multiple dogs is even better.  Currently I have 2 dogs and a cat, and couldn't be happier.

Posted on Nov. 3, 2016
by Tina Hoy
‎11-03-2016 01:57 PM

Awesome story.  I got my first baby ten years ago.  I was always a cat person.  When I first saw my little man it was love at first sight.  He was quiet as all of the dogs around him barked and jumped.  I took him in the back yard of the shelter and he came alive.  I came back the next day to pay and pick him up.  Now ten years later he is the most pamper pooch in the village.  He came to our house and had to share with two cats.  We still have one cat and have added another dog.  Life is good! 

Awesome story.  I got my first baby ten years ago.  I was always a cat person.  When I first saw my little man it was love at first sight.  He was quiet as all of the dogs around him barked and jumped.  I took him in the back yard of the shelter and he came alive.  I came back the next day to pay and pick him up.  Now ten years later he is the most pamper pooch in the village.  He came to our house and had to share with two cats.  We still have one cat and have added another dog.  Life is good! 

Posted on Nov. 3, 2016
by HollyAnnie2010
‎11-05-2016 04:18 PM

What a beautiful story. Clearly you and Blue were destined for each other. Thank you for sharing. 

What a beautiful story. Clearly you and Blue were destined for each other. Thank you for sharing. 

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