We adopted Charlie on July 8, 2015. We had been kicking around the idea of adopting a dog for years, but the timing was never right, and we wanted to be able to dedicate as much time as possible to our friend. Jen’s friends, Amanda and Steve, adopted both of their dogs from Canine Lifeline, so we knew it was an organization we could trust. We combed through all the dogs’ pictures and attended an adoption event at the Macedonia PetCo. There were three dogs we had picked out and wanted to see, but to our disappointment, the dogs just didn’t “fit” us. My friend Tonya had told me, you don’t pick the dog, the dog picks you. Then, we laid our eyes on “Herman” who had just been retrieved from a kill shelter in Kentucky. He was just a little thing, about 13 pounds, and a mix of a Beagle and what I could only guess was a King Charles Cavalier Spaniel. Our hearts melted and we were hooked, and asked to adopt him that day!
He didn’t seem like a “Herman” to us, so he was renamed Charlie, and he has been bringing us constant joy since that day. Charlie has a wonderful demeanor, is good with other dogs and kids/babies, and has acclimated quite nicely to our home, and the homes of our families and friends. He has won over everyone in our life and has helped us through a very emotionally challenging year. Charlie goes on 3-4 walks a day, enjoys cuddling, and playing with the many toys I have showered him with (some to the point of stuffing destruction), and is a mellow fellow. When he bays, it is like a Beagle, and usually only to warn us of “intruders” at the door or if the deer in the neighborhood are invading his space. The love that this dog has given us is our greatest Christmas blessing.
So from our family to yours, please accept our gratitude and thanks for allowing such a wonderful companion to bless our lives and bring us happiness every day!