Every animal who finds their forever home deserves to be celebrated. During the NOVADog Cover Dog Contest (April 17-May 8), 122 dog lovers entered to win a chance for their four-legged family member to be on the cover of the Summer 2013 issue of NOVADog and score tickets to the WHS black tie gala, the 26th Annual Bark Ball, on June 8. The photo with the most likes wins.
We were happily overwhelmed with all the wonderful adoption stories and tales of lives changed through opening a home to a dog in need. While there can only be one “Cover Dog,” we want to thank everyone who participated in this contest by sharing a few of the stories on this week’s Alumni Friday blog.
We are so thankful that these dogs have found loving homes, and we hope that you will view our adoption page and join us for our mega-adoption event Sliding into Home on May 18 to help make more of these stories possible.
These are several of the entries that featured our very own WHS alumni and supporters.
Scroll down to find out who the runner-up and winning entries are!
Submitted by Brigitte Aronhime
Lucky came to us as a rescue from the Washington Humane Society on Thanksgiving 1995! He was already about 3 years old then...which makes him about 21 years old now! He still walks fine, pretends not to hear when you talk to him, unless the fridge door opens then for some reason he has his supersonic hearing back. He eats absolutely everything...always did! Nowadays his favorite pastime is sleep, eat and go outside to potty...but only if the ground is not wet. Everybody that meets Lucky loves him...and he knows how to work it too! He lives with a pack of 4 big male dogs, all of them over 60 lbs. but he rules them all! I am sure they are aware that he has "old men strength." He might not be your cutest entry but i am sure he is your oldest and that should count for something!
** Libby (Top Voted WHS Alumni) **
Submitted by Carole Nicholson
Libby was a gift from God and the universe 2 years ago after another dear dog died of cancer. I am a veterinarian and I could not even save my own dog. My heart was breaking and the house was just too quiet with just my other dog JJ and me. I prayed for a joyful dog and Libby is certainly that! Things just fell into place very quickly and I found her at the Washington Humane Society just a few days later. She has an amazing spirit and brings smiles and laughter to all she meets. You can see her impishness in this picture!
** Mr B (High Voted WHS Alumni) **
Submitted by Theresa Mergl
Mr B (formerly Brinx) ended up at WHS because his owners could no longer care for him. At the time I had no experience with either a senior dog or a deaf dog; now I have one who is both! Mr B is truly the easiest dog to care for, he is incredibly laid back and tolerant. In the time that he's been with us I can honestly say he has never once done something 'wrong'; we've heard him bark maybe half a dozen times! His greatest accomplishments with us: learning to climb onto furniture, recognizing 10 or so hand signs for communication, and relaxing enough to enjoy snuggling. Mr B is a fantastic pit bull ambassador and I am truly proud that he is part of our family!
Submitted by Austin Hess
Many thanks to the Washington Humane Society. Because of your work we now have an amazing, new family member. Our dog Tessa has changed our lives and made it infinitely better; we can no longer imagine life without her! Not only is she good-natured, sweet of heart and stunningly beautiful, but, most importantly, she is brave. When we first adopted her, she was quite fearful and seemingly had many obstacles to overcome. However she has met each one head on, determined to be the best dog she can be! And, to our sincere pleasure, she is blossoming into quite the family dog- member. These past few months have been awesome, although at times difficult, and we look forward to many years with her...
Submitted by Rebecca Livingston
BIG FOSTER SISTER STELLA COMFORTS A WHS BEAGLE
PUPPY: A little over two years ago Stella was surrendered to WHS. As soon
as I saw the orphaned pup, I fell in love her big ears and beautiful black and
white markings. Stella has grown to be such a terrific member of my family. Not
only is Stella a super smart, sweet and quirky Boston Terrier/Whippet mix
(maybe ??), but she has been an exceptional foster sister to six WHS dogs
that temporary lived with us until they found their forever homes. Here Stella
gets cozy and comforts her little foster sister Felicity, an 8 week old Beagle
pup that was surrendered to WHS last fall. Another success
story-Felicity was adopted into a loving forever home-but Stella misses her
Submitted by Jill Koehler
After witnessing a tragic act of
animal abuse in Baltimore City, I was determined to rescue a dog of my own and
provide a loving home for him. I was especially interested in adopting from a
At the Washington DC animal shelter, I was introduced to 6-month-old Charlie. He had been in a terrible car accident and had not received timely medical care before his arrival. His right leg had a long scar, and his left leg had healed crooked with a femur that stopped growing at half-size. In addition to this, he came down with pneumonia at the shelter.
I was able to adopt him, treat his pneumonia, and take him to an orthopedic specialist. He is now a happy, healthy 4-year-old dog who runs and plays - albeit with a limp. He is my best friend, having gotten me through a lot of ups and downs in life. I consider myself lucky to have found this pup!
Submitted by Sylvia P. Carey
We adopted Suree from the Washington Humane Society through the Pets for Patriots program. After 26 yrs. in the Air Force, my medical conditions resulted in me retiring and withdrawing. Now recovering from cancer, depression, and PTSD, Suree has been a great companion - with a warm nudge and encouraging lean against me. I find that as I look at her it changes how I look at myself...she's a big girl, a few nicks in her tail, thinning hair on her back, after having her babies her tummy is stretched out - yet, she gets up and still has spunk in her step and comes running to the door when my son and I come home and has such a "wiggly" butt with her tail whipping! She's a beauty and I've made her theme song of her name to the tune of "Sherry" and she jumps up and dances with me! Instead of me rescuing her, she has rescued me and I'm so grateful for her! :-)
Submitted by Taice Mills Pineda
Fatima is a fun loving Jack Russell Terrier who we rescued from the New York Ave shelter in DC. When we first got her home she would hide under the dining room table because she was so afraid of everyone! Also She would shake uncontrollably whenever someone would come close to her! I don't know what happened to her with her previous owners but whatever it was it required me to stay home with her for 2 weeks just to earn her trust and to let her know that we just wanted to love her!
Submitted by Ashley Delgado
Sienna is a rescue dog from the Washington Humane Society and has been the biggest blessing since we've brought her home! She loves people, dogs, snuggling and, of course, playing! She even has her own Facebook page and Instagram account! (the_district_dog) Her dream date would include a gourmet meal of apples and peanut butter and a swim at the beach alongside her favorite celebrity dog, Bo Obama. She has an incredibly sweet demeanor and an ability to make anyone and everyone's day just that much better :)
Submitted by June Huey
We met Macy at the Washington Humane Society on Georgia Avenue the week of Thanksgiving. She is a very sweet girl who clearly doesn't want to be left at home. She loves spending time with her people and her people are so glad Macy adopted them.
Submitted by Lee Texter
My dog Simba is the best decision I have ever made. He was one of the few dogs that would stand against the cage door at the Washington D.C. Humane Society and let me pet him. He's over 6 years old, but he is still as energetic as a puppy. He truly is my best friend.
Submitted by Dominique Fierro
Mr. Winkles was rescued 6 years ago from the Humane Society. He has brought so much joy to our lives and couldn't picture living a day without him. He loves to snuggle, hike and eat my home cooked meals. He makes us laugh every day because he is scared of everything including his own shadow. ;)
Submitted by Michelle Shafer
Roxy is so foxy! She is a DC Human Society rescue off the streets. Yes she is a success story of surviving the streets and almost dying. As you can see she found her forever home and my daughter has found her forever childhood friend.
Submitted by Luke LaVoie
This is Ray, he is my 8 year old Shih Tzu whom I adopted from WHS in 2010. He should be the next NOVA celebrity cover dog because he has the most swag of any small dog I've ever seen. Big attitude but a calm, cool demeanor and always runs with the big dogs, he's fearless!
Submitted by Hassana Howe
I’m obsessed with my dog, and anyone
who knows me, knows my dog Lucas! I constantly post pictures of my dog online
and you can see why, he is so adorable! I think he would be the perfect dog for
the NOVADog Cover and here’s why:
Lucas came into my life during a dark period and helped lifted my spirits. I can honestly say he is my daily dose of therapy and has been the best thing that has happened to my life. He is a character for sure and someone once told me that they thought he was so cute that they would buy anything that he sells, even toilet paper. Well that is funny, because if Lucas ever sees a scrap of toilet paper he rips it up to shreds! He is two years old and can do many tricks including singing on command. Not only that, but he practices yoga moves – as you can see in one of the photos in the montage. I try to take him everywhere I go since he loves to always be by my side. Lucas and I are strong supporters of the Washington Humane Society and have been to numerous events together like Fashion for Paws, Pups in the Park and more. He truly is my best friend and I hope you pick him for the cover!
Submitted by Liz O'Donnell
Leonardo is the ultimate cover pooch;
he gives great face on a daily basis! Left to roam on the streets of DC, Leo
was extremely quiet and timid when he first came home at 5 months old, but all
it took was a little bit of love and a lot of treats to turn this quiet pup
into the ultimate superstar.
Leo could spend hours running around the dog park making new friends, playing with any tennis ball he can find. He also enjoys going to Washington Humane Society events, hanging out at PetSmart, cheering on his favorite soccer player, and hosting dinner parties. When Leo's not busy being in the limelight he likes to relax on his balcony with some Cheerios and his favorite elephant toy.
Don't let that cute face fool you, he's been known to go to great lengths to steal a Crumbs cupcake...or four...and live to tell about it. He's a no nonsense pup who, at the end of the day, just wants to snuggle...and will always help you get up when the alarm clock goes off in the morning!
Leonardo is loyal, loving, and wants to help all dogs find the perfect forever homes, just like he did!
Submitted by Lisbeth Lyons
Just like all of us on the capital region, Pablo is a patriotic pup through and through! Not only does he love attending WHS events (like a past Bark Ball, as pictured here), he volunteers as a therapy dog with PAL to bring smiles to veterans' faces at the Armed Forces Retirement Home in Columbia Heights (DC), has appeared (in a red, white & blue costume, of course!) at various Pets for Patriots charitable events, and is proud to act as the "Small Dog Mayor" of Shaw Dog Park! He is 50% Havanese (Cuban!), thus reflecting the cultural melting pot of our home - the nation's capital region! Please vote Pablo the Puppy for "cover dog" today!
Submitted by Maureen Charles
was found running around as a stray and take to a shelter with another dog that
he was very bonded too. No one came to claim them, so Lab Rescue of the LRCP
took them in. We adopted them both 1.5 years ago. Bocephus was estimated to be
about 9 y/o at the time. He is the sweetest, most gentle, happy boy you will ever
meet and he absolutely loves everyone. He loves snacks and will do anything for
a treat :) He would love to be on your cover to help spread awareness that
senior dogs can provide as much joy to your life as puppies can and he
certainly has brought joy to our lives. He makes us smile and laugh every day.
Please consider adoption and please vote for Bocephus for the next cover boy.
Submitted by Will Stolzenburg
Towpath is named after the C&O Canal Towpath, where we found him as a puppy, burned and abandoned. His scars serve us daily reminders of the unfathomable suffering he’s endured, and of cruelty in the world. But then too, they remind us that pure goodness prevails. For Towpath’s world is one of joy and play and butt-wiggling affection for every living soul he meets. And our lives with him in it are forever blessed with laughter and brighter with hope.
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