I have always loved dogs but unfortunately, my Mom was afraid of them. Growing up all I had was my trusty stuffed dog affectionately known as Woofie. Woofie had many different colored handmade coats throughout his life, and if I had my wish, he would’ve come to life from the first moment I laid eyes on him.
When I went away to college, I rescued a stray dog that was running loose on campus. I hid “Dude” in my room until spring break when, you guessed it, I had to go home to Mom’s and quickly re-home Dude. Ah my first adoption!
After college I got my own place, and first order of business was to go to the local shelter and get my boy. And this is where the journey really began. First with my beloved lab/hound mix Winston who taught me that real life dogs are a little more work than Woofie was.
I adopted my next dog Belmont from SoCal GSP Rescue in 1999. Belmont not only inspired me to get involved with rescue, but also taught me many life lessons through our 14.5 year journey together. Sadly, he crossed over the Rainbow Bridge in June 2013.
I have since adopted Dexter Martin, a 6 year-ish old GSP from MAK GSP rescue. He has already taught me a few life lessons too! It’s been a while since I’ve been on the other side of rescue. It reminded me of how very important the work we do here really is and what an impact we have on these pups and their adopters. These dogs light up my heart and warm my soul. I don’t know what I do without them.