Exactly one year ago today, I was adopted from the South Suburban (Chicago Ridge) Animal Welfare Society, where I had lived in a kennel for six months.
I remember it like it was yesterday: a smiling lady and her boy came in, looked me over, looked at all the other dogs, then came back to me and pointed. “This one!” the boy said, “I like this one!” My kennel number was 23, and one of the volunteers put a lead on me and led me to the back room for a “sniff and greet”. I leaned up against these two humans to hug them and kissed them all over their faces and hands. They seemed pleased. I was happy.
But then I was put back in my kennel. I thought all night about what could have gone wrong. The people seemed to like me, said they wanted me – ? I put my head down on the cold cement and didn’t sleep all night.
The next day, some Shelter people took me to a big room with lots of lights. When I woke up my tummy hurt and it was shaved. I didn’t know what was going on, but found out later that the lady and the boy had in fact adopted me, and this thing I had to go through with my tummy was part of the deal. I also found out that the lady had called the Shelter so many times to check on me that they finally asked her if she wanted to take me home immediately after the tummy surgery. Knowing Mom as I know her now, her persistence does not surprise me. My people DID take me home right after the surgery, and nursed me from a skinny 36 pounds to a muscular 52.
I have learned so much in the past year of how to be a family companion. I have learned little things, like not to be afraid of the Appliances in the house and to watch out the window “on guard”. I have learned to be helpful and that, unlike my life before the Shelter, there is always a pet and a treat around the corner. I tuck my humans into bed each night with a little kiss and then a big sigh as I lay down on my bed near them. This year has been one of ups and downs, of loving, living, and learning, and I know my place in the home is secure. I have learned big things, too, like I know my people love me unconditionally, just like I love them.
Happy Family-versarry! I am so happy. Life is good! Woof! Love, Maggie