I want to tell you a story about a little dog. This dog was a good little dog. Yes, he chewed on shoes and piddled on the floor. But he didn't mean it. He was just a puppy after all. He wanted to be good. But the man and the woman who lived with him and his 4-legged mom said they had too many dogs already and that the little dog was too much trouble. So they took him to the animal shelter. The little dog was put in a small cage with no friends to play with and no one to pet him. He had food and water and sometimes he got to go outside and walk around, but most of the time he was in the cage - alone. It was very scary! Sometimes the people who worked at the shelter would come and get a dog for a walk - and the dog would never come back. The little dog heard that they were put to sleep. Sleep was good, but somehow sleeping and never coming back didn't seem right. The little dog worried that might happen to him and he was afraid. Sometimes, people would come in to the shelter and take a dog from the cage. These dogs also never came back. But the little dog heard that this was different. These dogs were going to new homes where they would be loved and be part of a family. The little dog wished every night that someone would take him home.
One day a man and woman came in to the shelter. They stopped at the
little dog's cage and talked to him. The little dog sniffed at the woman's
fingers as she reached through the cage. She asked if she could hold the little
dog. When she picked him up, the little dog reached up and kissed her on the
chin to say thank you for taking him out of the cage. The woman cuddled the
little dog, looked at the man, and said, "I want him." That's was all it took!
The little dog couldn't believe it. Someone was going to take him
In case you haven't figured it out, the little dog was me and the
story is how my Mom and Dad found me at the shelter. I was lucky. I have lived
here for 15 years and I am loved and cared for every day. I have food, and a
bed, and toys, and playmates - I even have a cat. Mom helps me write this blog
and holds me and takes me for walks and plays with me. I have a great life. But
there are thousands of dogs and cats who aren't so lucky.
October is Adopt a Shelter Dog Month. So this month, I
am asking you to think about adding a furry friend to your home. If you have
room in your house and your heart for one more thing to love, please visit your
local animal shelter and adopt a dog. Go to your local shelter, find the perfect dog for your family and give another little dog a forever home.
In honor of Adopt a Shelter Dog Month, Mom has helped me with a new design for my store. And if you purchase one this month, we will donate 10% of the price to local animal shelters. Visit http://www.cafepress.com/travelwithbob/9405409