To everyone who knows me this is no news: I love dogs! Always did and always will. They are amazing companions, and nothing can replace their friendship and the well known happy wagging tail.
I think we all have some extra love to spare, so why not share it?
A few days ago I found out about a local shelter, so I emailed them asking if I can volunteer and help out with the dogs. I couldn’t be happier when they said yes, so today I went there to meet my first furry baby.
My adoptive baby for today was Sharky, a 9 years old, very shy but sweet Sharpei.
Sitting in a small space all day isn’t fun, so a long walk through the woods definitely improved his mood, and mine. It’s nice to have the love and trust of a dog, even if only for a short while.
I must say I impressed most of all with the number of people volunteering on a daily basis to walk the dogs. Either students or retired people, they go see the dogs and improve their life for a few hours. They are quite lucky pups to get some daily exercise and love, from so many locals!
At first you believe it’s all about giving, but I got back more today than I wished for. Besides making Sharky’s life a little better, I made a new friend, who adopted one of the dogs from the shelter, named Doefes. I’m very happy for them, and I hope more dogs will share a similar wonderful experience of finding a good loving home.
Now that the holidays season is fast approaching, if you consider adding a new furry member to your family, please consider adoption from the local shelter. So many loving dogs are in need of a good home, that it’s worth trying that first, before going to a breeder. The dogs will very much appreciate it, and I’m sure there’s a dog out there waiting for you!
Also, please remember that a dog is not only for Christmas, but forever. It’s a 15 years or longer commitment, so please do not adopt if you believe that’s too long for you. Seeing so many pets in shelters, is a very depressing view…