After losing a furry friend, it may be hard to ever think of adopting again. This is the story of how a 10 pound pup named Cody won the heart of Stephen and his wife. What better way to honor the loss of your furry friend than by giving another precious pup the chance at a wonderful loving life? It turned out to be a win win for this trio! You might even shed a tear after reading this heartwarming story.
Tell us a little bit about yourself and your dog (when did you adopt him/her, is this your first dog, etc.).
I am a senior citizen,73 who had just recently lost a 12 year old black lab, who I had since she was 3 months old. My wife and I were thinking that after 53 years of marriage maybe, for the first time, we would try going without a dog. Well, after about a month, I was on the internet looking at rescues. I decided we were a little too old to start over with a new pup, but something was missing from our home, so maybe a rescue was the answer. Wags and Walks has such a great website with really good pictures to showcase their available dogs. Originally, I was interested in a mid-sized terrier that seemed to be about the right size (25-40 lbs.) since my lab was around 90 lbs. and I was looking for a pup a little smaller, but then I came across Cody. When I first saw pictures of Cody he seemed too small. We hadn’t had a small dog since we first got married (toy poodle). With stories about small dogs being yappy and as some rescues have trouble with separation anxiety we had some doubts. Well, after only about a month without a dog here we were adopting a 10 pound Yorkie….BEST DECISION WE’VE EVER MADE. We’ve really had no issues with Cody. From the beginning, he was housebroken, uses the doggie door, and gets along with anyone who comes to visit. We occasionally babysit my granddaughter’s 35 lb. labradoodle and Cody is the perfect host. With the exception of the mailman, he doesn’t bark at people coming to the house.
How did you find out about Wags & Walks?
Completely by accident. I was looking for a rescue and came across the Wags and Walks site. The array of great pictures is what first caught my eye.
How did you know your dog was “the one”?
At first I wasn’t sure that Cody was the one, but by the end of the first day I was certain.
Have there been any challenges or setbacks you’ve had to overcome? What was your biggest surprise?
There have been no real challenges or setbacks, but the biggest surprise is how smart he seems to be and what a happy guy he is. He always manages to make you smile and make you feel better then you did the moment before.
What is your favorite thing about your dog? Does he/she have any funny quirks?
My favorite thing is that he seems to brighten any room that he walks into. A funny quirk is that he loves sleeping on the lower shelf of our coffee table, right in between the books and magazines.
What is your favorite thing about being a doggy parent?
Trying to be the “Pack Leader” and failing.
How has your dog changed you?
I guess there was an amount of depression setting in our home with the loss of our 90 pound friend. Who would have thought this 10 pound guy could get rid of our downer mood in such a short time. He was the perfect reason to adopt a rescue.
The joy and love that pups bring into our lives is sometimes indescribable. After suffering from the loss of a furry friend, it can be unimaginable to ever replace that bond that was once shared. No matter the size or breed, our rescues have so much love to offer and are only hoping that you’ll take a chance on them to begin a new journey of making fond memories.
If you’re searching for your perfect pup, please visit our website to see our available dogs and fill out an adoption application.