By Sarah Kyger, WHS Foster and Adopter
My boyfriend and I were surrounded by friends fostering dogs. We both always had pets growing up but hadn't settled down in one place long enough to have one of our own. We decided to stop by the Washington Humane Society (WHS) to learn more about volunteering with the foster program and to "take a look" at the dogs who were available. After walking through the kennels, one of the adoption agents suggested we meet Minnie. In walked this chubby, snuggly, saggy, old girl who constantly wanted to be petted. We immediately fell in love. We will just foster her and find her a good home, or so we thought.
As soon as we took Minnie home, she treated us like she knew us her whole life. All she wanted to do was snuggle, and if you stopped petting her for a second, totally unacceptable in her eyes, she let us know by constantly nudging our arms with her head. The only time she stopped snuggling was when she was sound asleep on my lap and snoring loudly like an old man.
We took Minnie to a few adoption events. The final event Minnie went to was at Tyson's Corner where she was the featured dog. She loved to be petted, would sit for treats, and even ended up licking a toddler's face. Everyone adored her. Near the end of the event, one person commented, "I'm sure she will find a good home. She seems to really love you." At that moment, it hit home. I had fallen in love with this dog and truly wanted to keep her, but I knew I would be moving soon and didn't know if I would be able to take a 70 pound dog with me.
I began a frantic housing search. I couldn't imagine being without Minnie. I searched websites, asked friends, and posted on Craigslist. Finally, an amazing landlord saw my post on Craigslist and offered a home for Minnie and me. I was so happy, I started cry. I would finally be able to adopt this old girl.
On Saturday, May 18, at the Sliding into Home adoption event, Minnie and I officially became a family. As soon as the adoption papers were signed, I called my mom, who used to be terrified of bigger dogs until she met Minnie. The first words out of my mom's mouth were, "I couldn't be happier with a more perfect grandbaby."
Since there was no birthday on file for Minnie, we made her adoption day her birthday. We celebrated with birthday balloons, a special ribbon collar, her very first birthday bone, and a long walk.
After adopting Minnie, I asked WHS what Minnie's back story was. They told us that Minnie was found wandering around someone's yard and that WHS attempted to contact the owners multiple times, but received no reply. I can't even imagine ever leaving this dog, and the thought of this sad pooch wandering alone outside just wanting to be loved breaks my heart.
Despite her past, Minnie is the most loving, sweet, laid back dog I have ever met. I love how she wants to be tucked into her blankets and tries to snuggle herself into a tiny ball; the smile she gets when she's playing with her toys; and the theatrics she pulls when she's dying to be petted.
I am the proudest and happiest mom, and loving every second of it. I am forever grateful to WHS and all that they do for these poor animals. It's awesome how many pets are finding forever homes.
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