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I try to keep things pretty surface level on this blog for the most part… fashion, home decor, product reviews and the occasional recipe, but today I want to share something very close to my heart, and I hope you don’t mind.
I’ll start with a little backstory. I have always been an animal lover, and pretty much always had dogs in the house growing up. I can only think of maybe 5 total years of my childhood where we didn’t have a dog. I actually wanted to be a veterinarian until I realized I absolutely can’t stand the sight of blood and that idea got nixed real quick.
Almost all of my dogs growing up came from breeders. My family was always told that dogs from shelters are there because they are ill or have behavioral issues, and thus I grew up with that impression as well (I hate to admit that). It wasn’t until I adopted a mutt of my own from a classmate whose dogs accidentally had babies that I started to question this idea of “purebred” only, and the notion that dogs should come from a breeder in order to be the best dogs. Zoey, my first mutt is the smartest dog I know.
About a year ago, Jesse and I started thinking about adopting a second dog, as we had just bought our place and knew we were ready (Zoey was too!). Instagram led me following various rescue organizations which opened my eyes to the hardcore truth. Approximately 2.7 million animals are euthanized each year in shelters due to the fact that there is no room to house all of the homeless animals in the world. This number is mind-numbing and chilling to me. The reason there are so many homeless animals? People who fail to get their dogs spayed & neutered, puppy mills (those cute little dogs in a teacup online or the puppies you see in pet stores), and backyard breeders (people who want to make a quick buck). For this reason, I cannot see any reason to buy from a breeder until all of these animals in the shelter are free.
We adopted our second love bug Archie in January from MaeDay Rescue in Los Angeles. He is a dream come true for our family. He has nothing but love to give and asks for nothing but love in return. Archie was rescued by MaeDay from the San Pedro shelter after he was found running on the streets for days with another dog. When I think of all of the dogs like Archie sitting in the shelter I cry. There are so many perfectly good dogs just looking for a second chance at life. They didn’t choose to end up there. Irresponsible humans put them there.
Now back to a few weeks ago where I met Nellie. I heard a yelp one Friday night outside my place and was instantly concerned that someone was hitting their dog. I look out the window to see Nellie, dirty, with bushes stuck in her side, and without a collar. I ran outside to see my neighbor who had tried to pet her but she was scared and in pain, hence the yelp. I fed her some food, got her into a crate and took her in for the night. I reached out to our friends at MaeDay because I had absolutely no experience in taking in a stray dog. They walked me through each step and offered to sponsor Nellie, which we are so grateful for.
The next day we took her to the vet where we found out she had just recently had puppies (although they were nowhere to be found), and had a giant abscess on her side that was swelling by the minute and causing her great pain. The vet drained the abscess, got her on antibiotics, gave her all necessary shots, and put her on flea medicine. The dog I brought home from the vet was not the same dog I found the night before. She instantly jumped into my lap in the car and looked out the window with the happiest face I’ve ever seen. She’s now spayed and recovering and looking for her forever home. We sadly cannot keep her as our association has a two dog maximum policy, but we are so excited to see where life takes her next.
A little more about her personality — She loves to play (she’s a terrier mix of some sort so running around is a must), she loves to chew bones, and she equally loves to cuddle. Whether I am on the couch or reading in bed, she will come up and curl up right under my arm. (She wants to be as close to you as possible). She loves to give kisses and you know she’s excited to see you every time you walk in the room because her tail wags like crazy. She is really shy to strangers at first, but once she knows you she bonds very quickly.
If you know someone in the LA/OC area looking to add a pup to their family, contact MaeDay Rescue for more info on Nellie or any of the other adorable adoptable dogs they have.