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Otis, the not-so-obvious choice

Otis runningAfter visiting with a couple of happy, friendly dogs at your shelter, I visited with Otis. He was scared and timid. He would not make eye contact with me, take a treat out of my hand or play with a toy. He sat in the tiny room facing the door.

When the time came to make a decision, something told me to take home Otis over all the other dogs that loved my attention and affection. The car ride home was the same—a blank stare out the window.

But as soon as I unlocked my front door, Otis knew he was home! He became a completely different dog than the one I had seen in the shelter, a happy-go-lucky dog who now had the home and loving companion that he needed.

Today, two years later, Otis demonstrates his love and affection towards me every day. We have learned each other’s personalities, and we get along great! Otis loves fetching, hiking, boating and especially swimming. He’s great off the leash and refuses to leave my side. He loves it when I wrap him up in a blanket in the winter and give him cool baths in the summer ... I guess you could say he’s a little spoiled. He sleeps in my bed with me every night and paws at my face every morning when he decides it’s time for me to wake up.

Thank you, Dumb Friends League, for such an amazing companion!

—Heidi R.


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Zoey: From fearful to angel

ZoeyBack in January, I adopted a puppy named Zoey from the Quebec Street Shelter. She was there because she was fearful of everything, wouldn’t leave her kennel, and her previous owner had a hard time getting her back inside after going outside. Also, she was terrified to get on furniture.

After a couple months, Zoey was a new puppy! She was running, sleeping in bed with me, and had so much personality and spunk. She has found her forever home, and she holds the key to my heart!

Zoey is an angel, and I couldn’t thank you enough for the gift you all give every single day of giving a family their furry members!

-- Preslea K.

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Daryl, the three-legged lifesaver

DarylMy daughter was going through a tough time, and we decided to adopt a cat. When we were looking at the cats at your shelter, an orange paw reached out as if to say, “I’m right here!” One look at this three-legged orange tabby, and we knew he was ours.

We couldn’t have been more right. It took him a little while to learn he lost a leg, but he adapted. He has such a personality. He loves to paw things to the floor. If it’s on a table, he wants to knock it down. Also, he takes napkins from the napkin holder to cover his food after he’s done.

He has been a lifesaver for my daughter. People asked me why a three-legged cat, and we always say he made it through horrors, and he’s still happy! He is truly an inspiration.

-- Dina R.


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Chief of her heart

ChiefI adopted Chief, a greyhound/shepherd mix, from the Buddy Center when he was 10 years old; he is now 12. I was drawn to the vacant look in his eyes. His previous owners said he became small-dog aggressive, so I took my small cocker/beagle mix, Russell, for a meet-and-greet. Chief was withdrawn and barely responded, but Russell took to him immediately, so I brought Chief home.

It has taken Chief time to believe that someone cares, but now the withdrawn, vacant look is gone. He sleeps on my bed at my feet and still whimpers when sleeping unless I am touching him or call his name; it makes me wonder about his past.

Chief has three beds, one couch and four dog beds to choose from (he rotates), has become best buddies with Russell, loves his walks, gets great ratings from his groomer, and loves the organic, home-cooked food he gets as snacks. He learned to use the dog door immediately, and squirrel watching in the back yard has become a favorite. Chief likes soaking up the sun on my deck, and to my surprise loves watermelon.

This once-sad dog has become excited about life again. Animals are a lifetime commitment, so he will stay with me until the end of his days. Thank you, Buddy Center, for this wonderful addition to my life!


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