I grew up terrified of dogs. I'm not sure why I was afraid, but the presence of a dog around me was enough to make me hide in a corner. But as I grew up, I started to like dogs and would consistently ask for one for Christmas from my parents. However, my parents were not animal lovers and it never happened.
Once I moved out of my parents' home after college, my wife and I decided to casually look for a dog. This meant visiting the Animal Humane Society a couple times a week to see if we discovered the dog for us. Then one day we laid our eyes on Lucy. She was a little yellow Lab/Australian red heeler cattle dog mix that was just seven months old and had kennel cough. She laid in her kennel and let me pet her through the fence. I took her outside and discovered that she lived to play fetch.
I was apprehensive at first and walked away that first night without adopting her. The next day I saw a posting online for a dog I wanted to see and returned to Animal Humane Society. I walked past Lucy to the other dog and played with it, but it wasn't the same. I took Lucy out again and knew that this time I would bring her home.
The rest is history. She now goes by the name Remi, is 2 1/2 years old and is the spark in my life. She's easily the smartest dog I have ever met, and everyone I know falls in love with her and her fun-loving personality. Even my parents love watching her and playing fetch!
Just last month, I took her duck hunting with me and witnessed an incredible sight. This untrained, abandoned dog did what I never thought she'd do — she retrieved a duck, an incredible accomplishment from an equally incredible dog. I could not imagine life without seeing her smiling face and wagging tail every single morning.
Thank you Animal Humane Society for finding me a best friend.