Reese was recently adopted by one of our very own volunteers, and she was excited to write his own story!
I recently adopted a senior dog, a 9-year-old shepherd mix, named Reese who had been surrendered when his family moved and couldn’t take him with them. I got to know him during the three months he was in the shelter before I was ready to make the commitment to take him home. He seemed like a nice dog who was very frustrated living in a small kennel and spent most of his day barking. I’m sure he was saying “please take me home – I don’t belong in a shelter.”
From his first day of freedom, Reese has been the loveliest dog who has brought a happy spirit to our home. He demonstrated that he was house-trained as soon as he was given the chance to go outside to do his “business.” He found an available dog bed within a few hours and settled in for a relaxed nap. He enjoyed a walk around his new neighborhood, and sniffing the smells in his new backyard. He discovered a few squirrels to chase, although they are quick enough to escape easily. He has met new dog companions during our daily walks and is expanding his social circle. And although he was very vocal in his shelter kennel, he rarely barks now. Next time you visit a shelter, consider meeting one of our seniors. All they want is the opportunity to find that special person who can look beyond the age on their kennel card into their heart. Maybe the lucky dog you take home will make YOU feel lucky, too.