Our household currently has 5 dogs, 2 cats, and a sugar glider (Pepito). They are all varying ages, breeds, sizes, colors, and personalities (we like diversity). We don’t currently have children, so our fur kids are just ‘the kids’. They all have unique (and much longer) stories, but for now we’ll stick to the introductions!
Let’s start with the youngest/newest members of the family!
Harper is a one year old blue nosed American Pit Bull Terrier that we adopted from an acquaintance. She is a very sweet, high-energy basket of crazy that we are happy to have. She has had a bumpy start, living in not ideal conditions previously (apartment life is not suitable for active dogs) but we are loving watching her learn and grow. She has a bottomless supply of affection and cuddles, and is trying very hard to get her sisters & brothers to snuggle or play with her.
Bolton is a two and a half year old long haired (mostly) black cat. He may have some Maine Coon in him, but otherwise we are not sure of breed. He has the softest coat and is an expert at taking naps in interesting places. He’s still hasn’t outgrown the wild kitten that likes to fly through the house like a maniac late at night, but for the most part, he’s a snuggler. He came from a shelter about two years ago, and has outgrown most of the bad habits that made us regret getting another cat. (He thought kitchen mats were the bathroom).
Luna isn’t one of the youngest, but she’s younger than her sweet grey face would lead you to believe. She’s mostly Black Lab, but the purple spots on her tongue and her black gums lead us to believe she has some Chow in her. We adopted Luna a year ago from an older lady who was moving out of state and she could not take Luna with her. The sweet lady had suffered many terrible losses recently and in order to move back with family, had to let go of sweet Lu as well. Luna had never lived inside, never had much physical affection from humans, and has had a pretty tough life, which we think has aged her beyond her mere seven years. We found out earlier this year that she was HW+, but she has completed her treatment and is due to be tested to see if she is HW free!
Luna is one of those special dogs that has a light in their eyes. She is so appreciative of her new life and just exudes love and happiness constantly. She’s adapted and changed so much in just one year with us.
Next up is Lilly, who has been my best friend since she was a little four week old nugget. I adopted Lilly five years ago; some friends had found an emaciated stray momma pit bull and rescued her litter of thirteen puppies! The momma was so starved that she couldn’t nurse her babies anymore, so the mom’s rescuers found homes for the baby puppies quickly and instructed everyone to bottle-feed the puppies goat’s milk until weaned. She’s been by my side ever since. Lilly has been my learning dog. Through her i’ve learned the importance of socialization, discipline, and having limitations on behavior. Basically she’s your textbook case of a spoiled rotten dog who thinks she’s human. We’re currently trying to break her co-dependencies so she behaves like she’s part of our pack, not a human child. I love her to death though, she’s been by my side and has been my shoulder to cry on more than once.
Cloey is the perfect example of why we want to do a senior dog focused rescue program. She is a Jack Russell/Miniature Pinscher mix , and was adopted at the age of five by my father from the ASPCA. She also had a rough past, when I picked her up from the foster she was staying with, she was dirty and smelly and could not stop shaking. She still doesn’t stop shaking. She has high anxiety and exhibits signs of past abuse. She can also be pretty grumpy. I ended up with her when my elderly father did not have the time or patience to retrain an adult dog to not try and murder our house cats (who lived there first). Because of her issues, it has been difficult for her to make that natural emotional connection between pet and owner. Despite her shortcomings, all she wants is your lap. She would be happier in a home without any other animals with someone who could give her undivided attention, and she cannot get that in our home. She is not the right dog for us, but we only want what is best for her regardless. All dogs need a second chance, even grumpy ones.
Dexter is never called by his name, he is simply Mr. Kitty. Mr. Kitty was adopted by my partner as a tiny little kitten, one of his family members was giving away a litter. He is another example of what happens when young animals are removed from their litter earlier than recommended. He thinks he is more dog than cat, because up until we adopted Bolton, he was the only cat! He roams only indoors, though recently he had his first ever excursion, where he was thoroughly lost in our back yard. He had us quite worried that someone else had adopted him. He’s home now, safe and sound and yelling at us to feed him. He’s also a bit of a chunker.
I saved the best for last. Not because she’s my favorite (she’s her Daddy’s favorite), but because she is very lucky to be alive. Stella was adopted from a shelter as a puppy, and was pretty unique from the get go. We assume she is a mixture of Golden Retriever and Corgi, mostly because she has a full size body with short baby legs. Recently there was an incident and Stella was attacked. She very nearly died twice in a week and a half from her injuries and the stress of it all. All of her vets and technicians call her their “miracle dog” because she beat some very scary odds to be here with us today. I’ll go more in depth on her story later, but for now I would describe her as the stoic Ms. Independent. She does as she pleases and will open the door for everyone else. She is now down an ear due to the incident, but it’s not as if she ever listened to us anyway. Hard-headed but sweet as can be.
So as it stands, we have 7 free-roaming indoor animals, and I’m sure that still isn’t enough for us!