It’s October and that means it’s Adopt A Shelter Dog month!
Having adopted numerous shelter and rescue dogs myself over many years, it’s always a privilege to meet other formerly under-appreciated pups who made their way into loving homes. Such was the case when I spent a recent morning with Parker, (the mighty) Miss Pebbles and the recently rescued Mingo on the shores of the Chesapeake Bay.
Parker, former shelter dog and exuberant 1.5-year-old doodle, was Mr. Personality Plus. He’s never met a stranger and gravity is no match for his boundless energy. He’s the life of every party.
Pebbles, with her diminutive stature, rules the roost. At 11 years young, she keeps everyone in check and is the comedienne of this canine troupe.
And then there’s Mingo….
Mingo was recently rescued by the selfless fieldworkers at PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) after spending 7 long years confined to a small, backyard kennel. Despite years of isolation, negligible care and failing health, her owner was finally convinced to turn her over to PeTA’s care.
Mingo is now 11 years old, suffering from heartworm disease and presumed liver cancer. Her time is likely limited.
This gentle dog doesn’t have a great, big personality. Rather, she’s experiencing the outside world much like a puppy, but in a reserved and thoughtful senior dog’s body. She’s somewhat shy and unsure of herself, but willing to follow the lead of her doggy brother and sister.
On this gorgeous morning, Mingo felt sand under her feet and saw the gentle waves of the Bay for the very first time in her life. She gently took treats from my hand as we walked along and I asked her to pose for me. To witness her experience the beach for the first time was something I’ll never forget.
Aptly, Mingo was adopted by one of the very people who visited her in her backyard kennel over the many years, and who was instrumental in giving Mingo her freedom. Funny how life works that way and goodness almost always triumphs. Thank you, Adam and Alyssa, for giving Mingo the home she has always deserved.
As you can see, it’s never too late to rescue a dog in need…for you, or for them. What you will gain in return is unmatched…loyalty, gratitude, and a willingness to love humans even when humans haven’t always loved them.
If you’d like to read more about Mingo’s story and see some day-in-the-life images, please check out her story in the New York Post.