As part of our month-long celebration of October’s Adopt a Shelter Dog Month, we are sharing another Ruff Adventure Dog update. Sarah, Slim’s new forever human, took time to answer some of our questions about her recent RAD adoption experience, thanks Sarah!
HOW LONG HAS SLIM BEEN PART OF YOUR FAMILY?
Slim flew into Lincoln, Nebraska on August 7th, 2015.
WHAT ABOUT SLIM INSPIRED YOU TO MAKE HIM PART OF YOUR FAMILY? WHY DID YOU DECIDE TO ADOPT HIM?
During our visit to Best Friends on our annual volunteer trip (our 8th), we worked in Slim’s area, Conrad and Leopold’s, for three shifts. I worked with him more than my husband, but Slim and I hit it off pretty quickly. He was such an observer of all the other dogs–he loved his pool and his ball–and he obviously loved the other dogs and his caregivers. We left our time at Best Friends without Slim, convincing ourselves that our two dogs, Tide and Dizzy (ALSO Best Friends adoptees) were all we could handle at home. Dizzy was finally coming out of her own puppy crazy time, and we had a nice rhythm going. But then, while following up on the dogs we had met on our visit on Facebook, there was Sim’s face…staring at us…and so, I was moved to inquire about Slim with an adoption specialist. We have always wanted three dogs…and we talked at length about how he might fit into our home so that we would make a smart decision about adoption and weigh every pro and con. Three dogs is still three dogs! When we found out he was RAD sponsored, we jumped on the chance to get in an official application seeing it as kind of a sign that we were supposed to have him. When we contacted the adoption specialist, we were actually #2 in line for Slim if you can believe it! But, the family–who was actually at Best Friends volunteering at the time–decided to go for another puppy–and I’m sure they felt better doing so knowing that someone else was waiting for Slim. So, we got the call that Slim was ours! We both were shocked, because we waited 5 days for that call…and didn’t think we would actually get Slim. We mostly just loved Slim’s demeanor, his sweet and gentle personality, and the fact that he loves both boy and girl dogs. We also wanted to give Slim all the pampering he deserved given that he was a stray and Best Friends found him very scared and thin (hence his name!).
HOW HAS HAVING SLIM IN YOUR FAMILY CHANGED YOUR LIFE?
Well having Slim around has been awesome. He is still a puppy even though he is 15 months now. We have to monitor him all the time to make sure he’s not chewing on the wrong things…or going too crazy over the squirrels in our back yard–his energy is never ending. Thankfully, we have two dogs for him to bounce between so he always has a buddy to play with. Our house has become a total “dog zone” full of toys, dog beds, kennels, and leashes. We are also going through dog food so much faster! We feel that Slim has completed our pack…and we love that he is so different from the other two (lab/boxer/pit mixes). Slim is a cuddler and he wants to please everyone. He has become a neighborhood favorite with all the kids. Our lives are more hectic with three dogs and they are always swimming around us like minnows…but we love our happy, barky, fun, furry home.
WHAT IS YOUR MOST MEMORABLE OR FAVORITE EXPERIENCE THAT YOU’VE SHARED WITH SLIM?
Memorable favorite experience: well, getting the call from Best Friends that he was indeed ours and he was flying to Nebraska! As I said, we were in shock…but thrilled. The best moment, I think, was getting him home and opening up his kennel for the first time in our back yard. He had been on the plane all day and was now in a different state 1,200 miles away. It was so cool watching him sniff and explore and wonder. Introductions to Dizzy and Tide were also memorable…Slim was PERFECT. He was appropriately curious and submissive and we were simply amazed at his ability to blend in so quickly to our pack. Nothing is cooler than seeing an adopted dog finally realize that he has a new home, a new pack, and that he can settle in and know that he will be with us forever.
WHAT WOULD YOU TELL SOMEONE THAT WAS CONSIDERING ADOPTING A DOG?
I would say that few experiences are more rewarding. We feel such responsibility to these dogs to make their lives better than what they had prior and to make up for everything they didn’t have before. Adopting a dog is rewarding in that we are saving lives and in turn, they are saving ours too. Our dogs are our therapy, they are our kids, and with them is where we want to be most. If people want to adopt a dog, I say be patient, because most dogs will come with some issues. They just need patience, love, training, a calm approach, and consistent obedience work–obedience work that is positive/reward based versus anything punitive. Obedience and agility classes are so much fun…and we have even one dog that has become a therapy dog. Rescue dogs have this look in their eyes…they KNOW what we have done for them…and they are so grateful…so loving…and so dedicated to us. We will never “purchase” a dog again from a breeder. We will only rescue because rescue dogs rule.
Lastly: I had not heard of Ruffwear prior to this company sponsoring Slim and providing a very cool package of stuff for Slim’s new life with us. You guys are cooler than cool and I have told ALL my friends about Ruffwear. Seriously…partnering with Best Friends is wonderful and thanks to you all for helping to save lives and get dogs to their forever homes.
Sarah and Randy, Nebraska