October is Adopt a Shelter Dog Month. There are many reasons to adopt shelter dogs. Here's the Leath's story about their newest family member, Dylan.
We didn't think we were ready for another dog, but we saw Dylan's(formerly Chewbacca) picture as your "pet of the week" Easter weekend. We went to meet him April 10 and fell in love. We had to bring this sad beautiful shaggy dog home. He is the perfect fit for us, gentle with our elderly cats, bestows lots of kisses, and feels it's his duty to keep an eye on everyone in the house, two and four legged. He is very athletic and can jump twice his height for a treat or a toy; he keeps Ron in shape with power walks four times a day. We are very grateful.
Ron and Jan Leath
Here's another happy adoption story from the Bednarski family and their dogs Rufio, Sasha and Rusty, all three of whom are PHS alumni.
As our children grew and moved on to the next stages of their lives outside the home, we began visiting the Pasadena Humane Society (PHS) in search of a suitable canine housemate. First to arrive was "Rufio", our "lost boy" full of energy demanding constant play. We suspected he suffered from only-child syndrome as he became increasingly stubborn and demanded what he wanted when he wanted it. Frankly it was our fault, Rufio was the new spoiled child of the family, being the only dog in the house. Our son suggested that Rufio needed a companion.
Six months later, we found that companion in "Sasha", a female shepherd mix somewhat larger than the feisty Rufio. Sasha was much more obedient; with a laid back demeanor; she quickly became the matriarch of the family, a perfect addition to the household, keeping Rufio in his place. Both dogs quickly became buddies, wrestling and growling with each other, and watching over the house….barking at anything that moves in front of the house, watch dogs extraordinaire! However, we really don't need protection from the crows and squirrels.
After about a year of mutual nurturing with our two companions, we renewed our ritual visits to the (PHS), just for a "look see" at the cute dogs. Both John and I scratch our heads trying to pinpoint the exact moment when adding another dog to the family was what we wanted. But on one of our visits, we found sweet "Rusty", a Shar Pei mix. Rusty brings his own unique character to the family, in the form of cuddling and snuggling on the couch each evening. Surprisingly, he seems to be the only one of our three dogs that loves to fetch and retrieve a thrown tennis ball.
At Easter dinner this year, our daughter suggested that in the future we should find another way to deal with our empty nest syndrome. Upon reflection, as our kids have gotten older, more independent and absent from the house more that they are present...we found three perfect additions to keep our house safe and lively.
Deborah and John Bednarski
Welcome Home, Bruno
Here's another happy adoption story from the Loson family and their latest member of their family, Bruno (bottom left). Don't Bruno and Dena look like twins?
Hello Pasadena Humane Society,
I wanted to thank you for helping to bring Bruno into our lives. Bruno has been the perfect addition to our home! I wanted to share our story in hopes that it would help to express our gratitude.
Bruno (brindle with white) stole my heart right from the start. I had accidentally stumbled upon the Pasadena Humane Society's Pet of the Week back in mid March. Front and center was Bruno's picture. His sweet eyes, spotted nose, and tender smile captivated my heart. I clicked on his picture, read his bio, and watched his video. He was such a sweetheart on camera...I just had to have him! After talking it over with my husband, we decided to go pay Bruno a visit with our dog, Dena. Dena (tan and white) could not have been more excited to meet a new friend. Bruno was a bit timid at first, but Dena's energetic spirit quickly put Bruno's nerves at ease, revealing his more playful side. Bruno and Dena soon became best buddies and we knew it was a done deal! That afternoon, on March 21st, Bruno became a part of our family. I can happily say that our days are now a little more complete thanks to Bruno's gentle kisses!
Brenda, Oliver, Dena & Bruno