Pencil Shavings | Tessa Blair
I got to English class early. It was my first year in college and I didn’t want to be late. I pulled out my laptop and started doing what I always did when I had a few minutes of downtime: looked at available dogs on animal rescue sites. It was mostly just dreaming. Still living at my parent’s house and already having a dog, the chances of being able to adopt another one was a long shot.
But I couldn’t stop myself. Seeing dog after dog without a home or loving family of their own was (and is) heart breaking and I wanted to (and still want to) adopt every one of them. However, there were two in particular that day that I couldn’t stop obsessing over. They were listed as being border collie/lab mixes (which DNA testing found to be inaccurate) and had faces so sweet my heart melted.
I didn’t notice when the teacher came in, and didn’t focus for the rest of class; I was too busy filling out adoption applications and emailing the rescue about coming to meet the two puppets.
I finally convinced my mom to come meet the dogs with me. When we got there, I immediately fell in love. And, though it took a little more convincing, my mom fell in love too.
“Wagging tails, slobbery kisses, and unconditional love”
It has been almost exactly two years since my family adopted our two little rescue pups, Coco and Luna, and life hasn’t been the same since. Knowing that at the end of the day I get to come home to wagging tails, slobbery kisses, and unconditional love makes every day, no matter the stress-level, a little bit easier.
And though I’ve taught Coco and Luna a lot on the road of puppy classes, training, ripped up carpets, and muddy baths (the latter still being a frequent occurrence), they have taught me even more.
It is true what some people say, that you never know what you’re going to get with a rescue, but what you do get is something much better than you could have ever imagined.
If you’re interested in sharing your home with a rescue, which I highly encourage, there are dozens of organizations in the Denver Metro area with animals to fit any lifestyle.