I am the proud owner and mom to a very famous dog.
Before winter break, I was following his story online through the shelter’s page. The shelter he was at teamed up with the local newspaper and news outlet to help find him a home for the holidays. This poor little guy had spent the last three years (yes, THREE YEARS) of living in his kennel at the Wallingford Animal Shelter, where he received the very best care a pup could ask for.
Domino was found roaming when he was about ten months old. He was neutered, was freshly groomed and wore a brand new collar.
So, why would a perfectly sweet puppy, like Domino stay living at the shelter for so long? Some might say that his breed carries a bad stigma. Some might say that he did not show well in the kennel inside the shelter. In fact, Domino was pretty excitable when anyone passed through the kennel—human or not. The Wallingford Animal Shelter’s ACOs recommended that because of his extended stay in the kennel, Domino be the only dog in his forever home. They also recommended that he live in a home without small children. So, finding him his perfect home became more difficult.
Flash forward to winter break two weeks ago. I went to go visit this sweet, little guy at the shelter. He showed me that he was playful and spunky. Domino showed me that he wasn’t perfect, but he was willing to be loved. He also showed me that by flashing very sad eyes at me as I drove away and the following my car as far as the fence would let him that my heart was screaming for him.
After returning my application for Domino, the shelter went ahead and scheduled a home visit for the very next day.
By Thursday, I anxiously awaited Domino’s arrival on perhaps the rainiest of days. The Wallingford Animal Shelter made sure to give him a bath so that he was squeaky clean for his arrival. They packed him with some food, his Kong, handcrafted blanket and some treats.
The rain–which I would ordinarily HATE being outside in—did not phase me in the least. I was so excited to see this little face come trotting through my door.
It was safe to say we were both smiling from ear to ear.
Since that day, Domino and I have been building our routine together and finding the new normal. Though it has not always been easy, Domino repays me with extra snuggles and puppy kisses.
He is truly a sweet dog. I don’t know why no one adopted him before, but I am surely grateful that he was still there and could come home with me.
We are a match made in heaven!
Follow Domino’s Journey!
I created a Facebook page to chronicle Domino’s Journey and transition home. To follow him, (along with his 1,400 other followers!!!) please search @DominosJourney2016. We post daily and hope to post more of Domino’s firsts as they happen. He is a special little guy, not only to me, but to the community who loved and supported him since he arrived at the shelter.