Sunday, October 17, 2010

Add Aventure to Your Life: Adopt a Black Dog

Spanky Doo, a black dog
adopted from an animal shelter
My fix for heartbreak was a black puppy.  I'd lost my heart dog, Benji, to liver failure and the grief was palpable.  Our young dog, Sherman, was a huge comfort, but I wanted a second dog.  Two dogs just seemed right.  Sort of double the pleasure, if you know what I mean.

Though I checked the message board at our vet's office, I was more inclined to adopt from an animal shelter and save a life.  We headed to the Humane Society of Southwest Missouri in Springfield. 

There we found the leftover from a litter of lab mix puppies.  He'd been the only black puppy and it was love at first site.  12 weeks old and most of that time spent in a cage, I was afraid house breaking and socialization might be a challenge.  Not so.  One accident in the house.  Spanky was smart as they come. 

We couldn't leave a ladder out for more than a moment;  Spanky would climb it.  We learned that the hard way when were having new shingles put on our roof.  Curious about everything and fearless, he was an adventure packed into a silky, lean, black body with a curly tail.

Looking to add some adventure to your life?  Visit your local animal shelter and adopt a dog.  You'll be ever so glad you did.

If you live in the southwest Missouri area, we recommend the Humane Society of Southwest Missouri.  Founded in 1956, they are the only open-admission humane society in this are.  (No  limits are placed on the number or type of dogs or cats accepted at their shelter.)  They now have a brand new state-of-the-art shelter building to enhance their efforts.

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