From reader Adrienne:
“On Saturday my husband and I went to the North Shore Animal League shelter on Long Island to adopt a dog, and we ended up leaving the lucky owners of a 3 year old female Shih Tzu who was rescued a few weeks earlier from a puppy mill. We went in thinking we’d get a medium sized dog, and she totally stole our hearts. We are utterly and completely in love!…PS: Her name is Khadijah – Queen Latifah’s name from Living Single- my husband has quite the sense of humor :)”
If this photo doesn’t convince you that adoption is the way to go, I don’t know what will. Now, neither Lucy nor Virgil is a rescue dog – Lucy was bought in a pet store in Malibu, and was more or less abandoned with my ex-boyfriend and me when her original owner decided that dog ownership wasn’t really her thing and took off for England, and Virgil was a Christmas gift from Kendrick, who decided to surprise me with the little guy I’d fallen in love with when we went to Ohio for Thanksgiving – but please, consider searching for your new love in a shelter. Even if you’re really set on a specific breed or size, just trust me and go: you’ll find who you’re looking for.
Some adoption resources:
Petfinder (Please, please, someone…adopt this baby shih tzu, who was paralyzed when her breeder’s dog attacked her and was rescued by a Good Samaritan just before being tossed in the trash…and learn about caring for a paralyzed puppy here.)