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Falling in Love

They say love is complicated, but that’s not always true.

Sometimes, you’re scrolling through pictures online, looking for that special someone, and the right one just jumps out at you. Maybe the feeling isn’t mutual right away, maybe it takes time to find your groove, but when it’s meant to be, well… nothing can stand in the way of fate, right?

I fell in love this weekend. The lucky guy? Teddy.

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After Cooper went to the rainbow bridge, I took some time to heal before I started fostering again. Then, a few weeks ago, I started to feel like someone was missing from my family. There seemed to be this emptiness at home that Sally and I just couldn’t fill on our own. So I decided to adopt. I already volunteer with the Dumb Friends League so they seemed like the natural choice, and there were lots of sweet faces on their website. Furry faces that needed homes. There was one in particular who kept jumping out at me:

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Such a sad little face he had after a month at the shelter!

All it took was a quick visit with Sally to get her approval, and that sweet fella was on his way home with me. I didn’t choose his new name until the next morning, but I knew it needed to be the perfect fit. He’s an old man so the name needed to be respectable… but it also needed to fit that adorable face of his. And those ears. Those ears!

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He looks like a teddy bear to me, so his name became Theodore Maximus, or Teddy for short, and he’s doing great in his new home. He’s still a bit shy and reserved, but he always wants to be in the same room as me, and has started approaching me for scratches around the neck and under the chin. What I really want to do is hug him and kiss his adorable face, but I’m showing remarkable restraint

I’m still getting to know him, but here’s what we know so far: He’s 9 years old and has arthritis in his back hips. He spent his whole life as a working sled dog here in Colorado. He really likes other dogs, and is only moderately interested in squirrels and rabbits. He and Sally are definitely friends, although I haven’t seen them playing yet. He’s insanely sweet, with no aggression at all, even over food. And he takes treats SO gently, just using his lips. I assume he’s never had the need to be house trained (since he has never lived in a house), but he’s already a pro at the doggy door and hasn’t had any accidents in the house (knock on wood).


I have a four day weekend coming up, and I’m excited to take him on his first trip to the dog park, and I’ll definitely share pics of that adventure! 🙂 

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  • Jenny May 24, 2016, 2:04 am

    Aww, Teddy looks adorable and I bet he is so happy to have such a lovely home now. I hope you enjoy your long weekend together!

    • Barb May 24, 2016, 6:52 am

      Thanks Jenny, I hope he’s happy too!

  • AnnMarie May 24, 2016, 11:46 am

    He looks so sweet, I’m happy for you both!

    • Barb May 24, 2016, 3:06 pm

      Thank you 🙂

  • Bianca May 24, 2016, 2:38 pm

    OMG, TEDDY!!!!!!!! What a cutie! And that’s so awesome that you rescued an old guy! I do weekly slideshows of shelter animals for the newspaper I work for, so I have to go through the pics of all the dogs every week, and the old ones make me so sad. So many were owner surrenders, and I can’t imagine what it’s like to have a home and then suddenly lose that when someone gets tired of you. So sad.

    • Barb May 24, 2016, 3:09 pm

      Oh that is SO sad! I knew I would get a rescue (#AdoptDon’tShop) and I knew I didn’t want a puppy, but hadn’t thought much about age. He’s definitely the oldest dog I’ve ever adopted, but that’s okay!

  • Angie June 7, 2016, 1:27 pm

    I want to give him a huge hug! Congrats on expanding your family <3

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