It was the summer of 2005 when I found myself abandoned along with another dog; we were both trying our best to survive. I wondered at the time what I had done wrong to deserve being dumped. At first, I was very wary of people and finally allowed myself, as well as the other dog, to be picked up by someone and taken to the Adams County Humane Society. Once there, we were put on what you call a “stray hold”. Since no one bothered to come and claim either of us we were put up for adoption. Eventually, both of us would be adopted out to families and find happiness. It was on August 10, 2005 that a wonderful lady and her husband came to ACHS to look at the dogs up for adoption. I didn’t know it at the time, but my life was to change forever; I was going to find my forever home. Of course, let me tell you a little about why and how Irene and Dick Klapoetke came to adopt me.
At first, my new human mom and dad weren’t even looking to adopt a dog, but after suffering the loss of her father, Irene came to find solace from her daughters two big dogs when they were brought along for a visit. When my mom-to-be first brought up the idea of adopting a dog, my dad-to-be, thought it was a crazy idea. Finally, they started searching online without any success until Irene’s sister Diane who lived near the Adams County Humane Society led them to check out the dogs there and, to me! When Dick and Irene came to the Adams County Humane Society all of the other dogs were barking “pick me!” but Irene didn’t want a dog that barked too much. That is when she noticed the only dogs not barking – me and the dog that I came in with. Although the ACHS staff brought out the dogs that had been there the longest, Irene only had eyes for me. It didn’t matter that my information said I was abandoned and that I was possibly a mixed-breed; Irene fell in love with me, and so, adopted me. It would be later on that my mom and dad sent in a dog DNA test for me and found out what the results were…I was a pure-bred mutt after all! Of course, that didn’t bother Irene and Dick because they loved me for me.
I was so happy to be adopted and slept on the seat next to my new human mom all the way home; however, when I was first introduced to my new home I zoomed all over the place until I wore myself out! My now human parents set me up in training classes after that little romp and I learned all about doggy manners; it didn’t take me long to learn as I proved to be a fast-learning dog (food was the training aid!). Since being in my new home I have learned how to shake hands, roll over, jump through a hoop, stay like a champ and follow commands. My mom says that I have a happy energy about me, and I do now that I am in a loving home. It took about six months before I felt I could finally let go of any anxiety and relax; I knew that I was home and that I wasn’t going anywhere. It took me a long time – five years – before I was able to relay my trust for them to my new my mom and dad. I rolled over on my back for a tummy rub to let them know I completely trusted them. From past experience, I had never had the chance to form a trust or bond with a human.
Well, time went by fast and it has been over fourteen years since I found my forever home. I am now am getting deaf, my eyes are cloudy, and I can’t jump as high; however, for fourteen years old, I am still active. I want to be around for as long as I can for my human parents, Irene and Dick. I just want to add that there must have been a special reason why I ended up at the ACHS when Irene really needed that special kind of love only a dog can give. You see, Irene needed healing from her grief of losing her father, and I needed healing from being abandoned. I have been with my wonderful family for over fourteen years now and the love and care they have given me have kept me going!