A love for animals clearly runs in my family. My mother grew up on a dairy farm and imparted a love for animals and respect for nature on my brother and me. For years we begged for a pet of our own - Steve wanted a cat, I wanted a dog. We went through goldfish, turtles, guinea pigs, chameleons, and love birds until I finally scored a puppy at age 13. Leo the Dachshund was the love of our lives.
As an adult, I couldn't wait to get a dog of my own. Throughout my twenties I lived in an apartment that forbade pets. But once Larry and I bought our house, adopting a pup was the first thing on my agenda. I knew it would be a rescue dog. There are so many homeless dogs in animal shelters and rescue groups throughout the country. Both Gravy and Banjo were adopted through rescue groups - Gravy through Greyt Expectations Greyhound Rescue which pulls retired greyhounds from racetracks and Banjo through Lost Dog which pulls dogs from high-kill shelters. While I can't claim that we 'saved' either dog (the rescue groups did that!), adopting our pups through rescue groups opened up a spot for the organizations to pull another at-risk dog from a shelter and save it from euthanasia. The fact that my dogs may have been next on the list brings me to tears. They are the best thing that ever happened to us.
Emmy and Bella - the dog who was the inspiration for the song Big Black Dog:
Recently, The Today Show featured Bonaparte's Retreat. Watch the video here.
The faces of animal rescue: all four pups who came on our beach trip are rescue dogs. Can you believe that Banjo, Wrigley, Gravy, and Bella were once considered unwanted?!
So if you're thinking about adding a pet to your family, please consider a rescue animal - whether it be through an animal shelter or a rescue organization.
Gravy and Banjo thank you from the bottom of their hearts (and their plush doggie beds)!