By Katherine Spink, PAWS Staff
In this month’s happy adopter update, we hear from Haruko in Kirkland, WA who’s provided a forever home not once, not twice but three times since 2011!
Tell us how you found your fur family.
Dixie, or Addie as I now call her, was the first to join me, in May 2011. I met her on my first ever visit to PAWS, having been encouraged by a former partner to visit because there were a lot of dogs in need of homes. Four and a half years old now, she was documented as a Pit Bull mix – she’s a beautiful black/brindle color.
Cody’s name at PAWS was Phillip. I found him online on the PAWS website in June 2012 and went right away to see him. He’d been brought in with his brother and someone was looking at them both so I waited around with fingers crossed. Ultimately, the other couple took his brother home and I adopted Cody! He’s approximately 5 years old and an Australian Cattle Dog.
In January 2013, I was drawn to the PAWS website again and saw Molly – a Beagle/Rat Terrier/Cattle Dog mix. I recognized her as a previous PAWS resident and thought she’d make a great final addition to my fur family.
What attracted you to Addie, Cody and Molly?
Addie’s had me from the get go with her big eyes and one ear that wouldn’t stand up straight (pictured, right) – coupled with the fact that she cried when I left her but didn’t when others visited her and walked away. She was meant to be mine!
Cody was a little standoffish at first and seemed to be waiting for his owner to come get him. Cattle dogs typically form a close bond with their owners so I was worried, but it tore at my heart that he was waiting to be taken home – and his spotted fur and sweet face sealed the deal!
Molly had been returned by her new owners after just six short months, during which time she’d gained 15lbs! Her feisty, loveable nature attracted me instantly, and we’ve been making great progress with her weight loss since she joined the family.
How have your three PAWS pups adjusted to life in Kirkland?
When Addie arrived in 2011, she bolted straight out of the car and into my house. Then, for a week or so, she refused to get back in the car. It seems she was too happy with her new home and didn’t want to leave! So, we did fun trips to the dog park and to get ice cream, and eventually she grew to love our car rides. She was very timid initially but is now a very playful and happy girl.
Cody seemed sad when he first came home with me. It felt as though he missed his former owner but, with a lot of cuddles and love, within weeks he became attached to me. He is my protector, always on guard. I also think he’s secretly part cat the way he walks by and rubs up against me!
When Molly arrived, last but by no means least, it was clear she thought she was just a visitor for a couple weeks! When no one came to get her, she decided she should be alpha dog so we had a little adjustment period. She’s clearly alpha now – our neighbors call her Sheriff Molly!
What do you love doing together?
We go to the beach and they LOVE it! Addie and Cody play fetch, and Addie and Molly swim and prance in the water. They just love the whole experience. Until, in Addie’s case, we get home and it’s bath time... she’s a tight fit in the bathtub and I have to ask her nicely to get in – which usually results in a big sigh before she admits defeat and climbs in!
What have they added to your life?
I’ve been through some bad times and they’ve kept me going through it all. They wake me up and go to sleep with me and, when I’m not at work, they’re my constant companions.
Thank you for sharing your story and pictures Haruko, we wish you and your wonderful PAWS pups many happy years of beach fun ahead!
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