"I first saw Pluto on my first trip to Best Friends in January of this year. I went to Old Friends for one of my volunteer sessions and saw a picture of what looked like a white German shepherd. You see I had rescued a white shepherd about 5 or 6 years previously. She was the love of my life. Of course I had loved every dog I've ever had but she was my "one". So I asked the caretaker if I could go in to see him. She didn't think Pluto would come to me because he was very shy. But I went in anyway because something drew me to him. That's when I saw that he was not a white shepherd but a shepherd with a white face. A very handsome guy.
To my surprise and joy, Pluto came to me slowly. He let me pet him, feed him treats and snuggle. I could see his sweet gentleness in those deep brown eyes. Well, I was hooked. I spent more time with him during the rest of my stay at Best Friends. On my last day I told him with tears in my eyes "Pluto, if you are still here the next time I come back and if Ginger (my white shepherd mentioned above - she was almost 14 at this point) has passed away, I will bring you home with me. I promise.
Nine months go by and I still have Pluto on my mind. I plan another trip to Best Friends and off I go. Not for Pluto - I didn't even know if he was still there. I volunteered again at Old Friends and asked if Pluto was still there or had he been adopted. To my surprise he was still there. He was at the groomer getting the first of his special baths so I didn't see him that day. The next day I had planned to drive to Bryce Canyon for the day. Five minutes into my drive I got a call from my father who was taking care of Ginger while I was away. "It's Ginger. It's time. I've already called the vet" he says. Needless to say, I burst into tears. I lost my darling girl that day. I needed to be with dogs so I didn't go to Bryce. Instead, I went to Old Friends. Pluto was there with his big brown eyes and his compassionate soul. Just being with him was a huge comfort to me.
The future for Pluto and me seemed very clear. This guy was supposed to be mine. I knew he had health problems but that doesn't bother me. I knew he was struggling with his new skin issues but that was no big deal for me either. You see, I work at a dog groomer and am quite familiar with his condition. Giving him his baths and special treatments would be no problem for me. Our fate was sealed. On the day I left for home, I put in an adoption application."
Pluto comes home November 15....only 5 more days!!! We cannot wait to meet him and have him meet all of our extended Little Shop family. Once he is all settled in we will have to have a meet and greet with the handsome man, perhaps after the holidays. Be sure to check our shop Facebook and Twitter accounts for up to the minute updates and pictures of the new addition. Condolences and congrats, Tina! Ginger will forever be in our hearts and our minds and Pluto will know she was well loved by the way you care for him.
If you are interested in helping Best Friends in their mission to "Save Them All" whether through volunteering or donating please visit their website at www.BestFriends.org.
Posted by Erin McLaughlin. Posted In : Miscellaneous