We were looking for a new furry family member after the passing of Cali, our beloved cat, and so we went out to the Golden Valley shelter to look for a pup to fill our hearts and to give a happy home to. As we were walking down the aisle between the kennels, pausing every so often to greet a wet nose stuck through the fencing, we split up to indivdually comb through the potential new family members. As my dad went to one end of the aisle and his girlfriend strayed to the other end, I remained standing in the middle, not sure which way to go. Suddenly, a movement by my feet caught my attention. Looking down, there was a little black puppy face, ears pricked up and tounge hanging out of a toothy, puppy smile. Lily, a sweet tempered little Rough Collie/Border Collie mix, was sticking her head out under the door to her kennel, looking at me with her chocolate brown eyes and whining for my attention. At that moment, I found my new family member. I plopped down onto the floor right in front of her kennel, scratching her behind her ear and calling for the rest of my household. Soon, we were sitting in a room with Lily bouncing from one of us to the other, slipping and sliding and bopping herself on the head in happiness. Shortly there after, we were signing the paperwork. She was so sweet, but didn't have the faintest clue how to walk on her leash, so I carried her out to the truck, put her in her new carrier with a toy and some treats, and rode home with her in the back seat. Now, almost 3 months later, she is a happy, healthy member of the family. She is still growing, learning, and finding out how deep the snow is here in Minnesota.
We're so happy to have our new furry family member and hope many other families and people can take home, care for, and enjoy their own new family member from a shelter. Thank you to the Animal Humane Society and all other cooperative and similar organizations for taking care of all the animals and helping them to find good homes (and helping us people to find wonderful pets). And thank you to everyone that donates and adopts for helping carry on the cause!