Adoption Stories: Stray Dog Captured Hearts of Couple

Readers share stories of how adoption has touched their lives.

| September/October 2011


Elouise - Beaver Dams, New York

It was a Thursday morning when I opened the door and saw a scruffy, bedraggled and weather-beaten dog looking at me with pleading eyes from across the deck.

“Hi, little fella,” I said to him, and then watched as his tail wagged, but his body remained still.

We had no dogs of our own, nor did we want any. Retirement opened the doors of opportunity for my husband, Lew, and me to come and go – and even travel – without concern for anything but a few plants. And we knew that a dog would certainly interfere with our independence.

Attention needed

On this July 2009 weekend, Lew and I happened to be dog-sitting our son’s three dogs, and the early sun was already hot. Having already met the immediate needs of the granddogs, I offered the stray dog a biscuit, which he hungrily took and ate. Next I got him a bowl of water, and then I went inside.

Occasionally I would look out the door, and the dirty dog was still there. Finally, I went to the freezer and pulled out a beef bone I’d saved for my son’s dogs. Since there was only one bone and three dogs on this visit, I gave the bone to the stray, who loved it.

For the rest of the day, the little stray stayed mostly on the front deck, occasionally checking out my son’s dogs. The four of them got acquainted and seemed to get along just fine.

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