I had a bunch of pets growing up: several dogs, a couple birds and even a short-lived fish or two. So in Nov 2011, as soon as I had a house with a little backyard, I knew I need to adopt a furry companion.
I went to Petfinder.com, saw her fluffy little face and she stole my heart. She had been rescued as a puppy from the streets of Los Angeles, and after sending my application to the rescue group, I crossed my fingers that they'd find me a suitable human for her. Just a couple of days later, I brought her home !
I'd never had sole responsibility for another life before, so the first few days were kind of nerve wracking. I felt like a new mom, concerned that she wasn't warm enough or eating enough. She settled right in & made herself at home though.
She turned four this past September and I can't imagine life without her. With my sister's and parents' dogs we are almost outnumbered by animals ! And I wouldn't want it any other way !