• Sue Lamoree

Man's Best Friend

Although Guy knew that volunteering at the Camano Animal Shelter Association made me happy, he let me know that I would NOT be bringing home any sad, neglected pets. And believe me, I tried. The very first day I visited CASA I met a sweet cat named Rebel (my best friend’s name) that looked exactly like Snowy, our cat that had passed away. Seemed like a sign to me. Not so for Guy. As the primary caregiver to me, our dog, our bird and our fish tank, he was adamant about his already stretched “bandwidth”. To be honest, I totally understand.

It’s been challenging to watch cats, kittens, dogs, puppies, ferrets, and chinchillas come and go without my interceding on their behave. But CASA is amazing at quickly rehoming pets, so I’ve managed to be content walking the dogs and petting the cats. Until Swiper crossed my path.

I’d been advocating for a companion dog to our aging toy poodle for a few years. A couple weeks ago, two adorable toy poodle puppies were brought into the shelter. What a great opportunity to win Guy over with the perfect match for Cinder. Unfortunately, the puppies were a bonded pair and even I could see the sense in keeping them together and our inability to take in two untrained puppies.

The next week I was anxious to play with the poodle pups while volunteering, however, they had already found a new forever family. Anna brought out what appeared to be a Chihuahua/Jack Russell mix for me to walk. Neither breed is my favorite due to the commonly experienced high energy of one and the nervousness of the other. Then Anna placed Swiper on my lap. He’s the most cuddly, sweetest, and calmest dog ever. And…he immediately fell in love with Guy. Need I say more.

Guy’s comment after reading this – “Yeah, you set me up”.

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