To understand the story of how Big Jim found his way from the 2008 floods in Cedar Rapids, Iowa to his new home, you have to know a little bit about Jack. While he’s just 11 years old, he is, apparently, already a master at the art of negotiation. Jack saw Big Jim’s photo on our website and knew he was the perfect dog. So, Jack wrote up a contract, promising to take full responsibility for Big Jim’s care. Then he signed the document and taped it up on the door to the garage where his parents would see it right when they got home. Jack knew it was pretty special that Big Jim was rescued from the floods and brought to Minnesota. Jack wanted to be the one to give the little dachshund his new start. Jack was persistent, and his whole “contract strategy” worked. His parents let him adopt Big Jim.
Since then, Big Jim has been having a ball: getting lots of attention from Jack and his older sister, Ann Marie. And, although Big Jim is small in size, he is a great play pal for his much larger, big sister Sally, a Labrador-golden retriever mix. She was also adopted from our Golden Valley location. And ever since he pleaded his case and made the commitment, Jack has held up his end of the deal: making sure that Big Jim is well-cared for in his new home.
Photography courtesy of Cynthia Lapp.
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