Some people are cat people and some people are dog people. I would say I am an animal person. I have always loved animals whether it was a salamander or a goat. My mom had to put up with me begging for pets my whole childhood. I had fish, guinea pigs, hamsters, birds, cats, dogs, and pretty much anything I could catch in my backyard.
At this point, I have dogs in my life. Since I moved out of apartment living I have had a dog. I love how attentive and loving they are, but mostly, I love how integrated they can be in your life. You can take them hiking, camping, on trips, they don't just sit on a shelf or hang out around the house, they are a full-fledged member of the family.
I have always had a soft spot for adoption, and even more so, adult adoption. Cute puppies are adopted in a split second, but adult dogs, sit for months in those shelters, or worse yet, are eliminated. For that reason, I have looked to the shelters when I want to find a new dog.
A few years back my German Shephard, Tonga, passed away from old age leaving my Shephard/Lab mix, Diego, a lonely pooch. It was a hard decision to get another dog, but we wanted Diego to have a buddy and we missed having two dogs in our family.
After much internet stalking on apps like Petfinder I finally decided we should go down to the shelter and have a look. I know myself well enough that I know once I walk in, I won't walk out without a dog, so it's not a place I frequent. My husband and I went first on our own and immediately fell in love with the cute Australian Shephard/Border Collie mix. After sleeping on it and visiting once more myself, we brought the kids and Diego to see if they all approved. My kids immediately fell in love. I asked them if they wanted to look at the other dogs, and my son was immediately offended, "Why would we look at any other dogs, we found ours!"
Luna was an easy addition to our family. There are advantages to adopting older dogs, Luna was estimated to be 5 by the shelter, but my vet said more like 7, less energy and quick house training. Also, because I chose a breed who has a reputation for being smart and easily trained, she has taken to the house rules like a champ.
Now, I don't mean to make this all sound sweet and perfect. Adult rescues always have challenges. They have baggage and bad habits from their prior life, but the love and affection you will receive by saving them will pay back 100 times over.
Because of my love for animals and my appreciation for all they do, the Monroe County Humane Association is one of the charities I donate to regularly. I encourage you to do the same, you can do so HERE.
We are so glad we decided to get another dog. Our family now feels complete and our dogs certainly helped our house feel more like our home.