All of my friends & family know that I’ve wanted a Pug for as long as I can remember. There’s just something about those little round bodies and smooshed faces that just melts my heart. Well I’ve found out that I am among the few who actually think Pugs are cute. Donny and I have casually talked off and on ever since we got married about getting a dog, but the timing was never right. More recently, however, we decided that our lives are not quite as busy as they used to be and a puppy would be a great addition to the family. We started researching and agreed that a Miniature Pinscher (Min Pin) would be a good breed for us. We were originally planning to wait until after July 4 to start seriously looking, but a friend told me to check out Petfinder.com and I instantly fell in love with “Opie”…a MinPin/Pug mix awaiting adoption from the True Heart MinPin Rescue organization.
I had no idea that adopting a pet was such a process! I felt like I was adopting a child! I had to fill out an extensive application, submit 2 references, and undergo a home inspection/visit before being approved to adopt a dog. The whole process usually takes weeks to complete, but thanks to the speedy replies from my references, I found out within a week that we were approved pending the home visit. During the waiting period, I was emailing back and forth with Opie’s “foster mom” and growing more and more attached to this little dog I just knew was going to be ours. Needless to say, there was no way I was going to wait until after July 4 to get him, so we scheduled the home visit last Saturday and then my mom and I drove to Lexington to pick Opie up on Sunday.
This entire process has been an amazing experience and I would recommend pet adoption to anyone looking for a pet! The volunteers who work for the rescues are angels and truly care about all of the animals that come through their doors. It is so great to know that you are giving an animal a whole new life filled with love. [Opie was rescued from people who originally planned to use him as pit bull bait to train their pit bulls how to fight – how terrible!]
So without further ado, meet our little bundle of joy, Opie. He is turning 1 year old on June 15 and is fully grown at a whopping 10.5 lbs. He is completely house broken (thanks to his foster mom) and unbelievably well-behaved for his age. He is such a great addition to our family and we couldn’t be happier! I finally got my pug 🙂