It turned out that our Gbaby was seriously allergic to dogs. She would often wheeze after stepping foot into our home. Two of my boys were also allergic, but their reactions were mild and it could controlled with medicine. But when my Gbaby ended up being hospitalized after a trip to Grandma's, I knew the inevitable was coming.
We would have to say goodbye to Zack.
It was an excruciating process for me because he's such a good dog with so much love to share. I didn't want him to be put down. After asking neighbors and friends I finally came across an agency recommended by the Humane Society, of all places. This was an agency that specialized in finding good homes for pugs.
We met a lady who belonged to a pug owners group and she was able to find him a home in no time.
Look how happy he is!
He couldn't be with a better family! We even have an open adoption and they send me pictures to show us how he's doing. We even got to visit him a few months ago!
During this Christmas season of giving, I would like to encourage you to consider opening your home to a pet this holiday season. Because sometimes, families have to give up their pets for whatever the reason,
The Benefits of Holiday Pet Adoption:
- General Benefits - There's a reason that they say dog is man's best friend. Having a pet, not limited to dogs, is something that everyone should experience at some point in their life. Pets can be calming, mood lifting, empathetic, and so much more. They teach you how to be selfless and responsible as you are caring over another life (for those of you without children). Generally speaking, they make you happy.
- Stress Reduction - Some studies show that people begin to feel less anxious after spending less than an hour with an animal. There are endless benefits from lowering your stress level and while the things that we find stressful in our lives are often hard to cut out, including an animal in your life can help.
- Helps with Depression - In some cases, therapists suggest to patients suffering from depression that they adopt a pet. An animal will love you unconditionally and also be a great friend and listener. People with depression often benefit from having a pet, as the animal can help them get out of the house and out of their own head.
- Engaged Mind - A key to a healthy mind, especially for those who are elderly, is staying engaged with others. A pet is often a conversation starter and being out with a pet often warrants questions or comments from passersby. Bringing your dog to a dog park is a great way to meet other people with similar interests.
-Courtesy of Pet Expert Erin Askeland
Our adoptive pug family has been a blessing to us. They have taken excellent care of Zack and for that, we will be forever grateful. Consider giving the gift of love to a pet this holiday season.
Have you ever thought of giving a pet for Christmas?