A letter to Stella from one of her very best pals, Shado

Dear Stella,
Your pal Shado here. I like your blog from Saturday. You sure are pretty (you look like me!), and since we both are rescue dogs, I think you are even cooler!
I bet you were lonely and worried for the three months you were in the shelter. I wish we could have been buds at that time.
I was in the shelter once and got adopted out to a woman. She wasn't very nice to me, but I was only 5 months old. What did I know? She complained that I tugged to much. You know what? She got tired of my tuggin, and she took me to a Petsmart to dump me. FORTUNATELY, there was a rescue group at that store, and they had a crate they could put me in. I was headed to an uncertain future. BUT, Mr. E and Miss B walked into the store, and Mr. E took one look at me and said, "I want him!." He meant ME!!!
Miss B had the checkbook. She also had experience with dogs. She told Mr. E to walk me around the store on a leash. I tugged and tugged and tried to run out the store's front doors. But Mr. E kept saying "Slow down, Shado. I want him! I want him!". And so Miss B wrote a check. She explained to Mr. E that I would be a project, a work in progress for awhile. I don't know what that means, do you?
Anyway, I came home with Mr E and Miss B. They already had one dog, Toby. He was just my age! We played together and ran and ran and barked and barked - it was so fun! Mr. E showed me the doggy door, but Toby is one who taught me to run in and out it.
Well, 5 years have passed. I am soon going to be SIX YEARS OLD! I still tug when I am walked, but Miss B works with me almost every day. She makes me wear a gentle leader, but I don't mind. She walks me --- just me! --- over a mile a day. I tug. But she makes we walk close to her. And whenever we come to an intersection, she makes me sit and wait. If I don't sit, she makes me walk around her and approach the intersection again, and tells me to stop and sit. Usually I get it right the first time, but sometimes I forget.
And she takes me hiking out in the mountains. Sure, it is just desert hills, but it is pretty and exciting! We have seen turtles and snakes. I love to hike, but I stay real close to Miss B. I don't want to lose her out there!
I don't beg for food, nor do I chew anything. Every evening, I love to sleep by Mr. E on the couch while he reads. And at night? I sleep by Miss B on the bed. Often I claim her pillow and sleep right across it. She doesn't mind - she just lays her head on my belly. Pretty cool, isn't it???
Just think, from pound to this life! And our family has grown - now we have two more rescued dogs, Sophie and Gus. Four of us in all! I am the smallest at 65 lbs. I am also the most loyal, the best behaved (haha! you knew I'd say that!), and I am the most handsome. By far, the most handsome. I look just like you but with boy parts.
And every day, Mr. E and Miss B hug me and tell me how lucky they are that they have me in their lives. I lick their faces and let them know that I agree!
left to right:Toby, Sophie,Shado, and Gus   Backrow, Cousin Vinny, a visitor

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  1. Stella - thanks for sharing that D-Mail from Shado - it made us feel warm and fuzzy all over. Thank dawgness there are great peeps out there.

    Tail Wuggles, Rubie xxx

  2. What a sweet story. So glad you found a great forever home Shado. Don't worry I pull like mad when I go to the park but peeps just laughs. Have a terrific Tuesday.
    Best wishes Molly

  3. Whew, Shado slept in this morning - his dmail from Stella is now posted! Whew! http://arizonabren.blogspot.com/2013/04/shado-has-penpal.html

    PS, Stella, you write a great letter! I should come visit some winter! I'd love to meet the snow. I hear we have powers to make it turn yellow? love, Shado

  4. We love happy stories! It's so nice you have a pen pal!


  5. THAT is a Beautiful story that Shado sent to you. THANKS fur sharing it with US.

  6. oh, i want ALL dogs to have happy lives like this! bless these wonderful folks and their love of dogs.

  7. Stella, thank you so much for sharing Shado's lovely email. And that handsome family photo is just fabulous. What a happy and well cared for looking bunch they all are.
    Toodle pip!

  8. Oh, that is lovely Stella! Yea to Shado, he sure seems like a good sweet pups!

  9. What a pawesome rescue tale, Stella! Your pal Shado got as lucky as you in finding that perfect home!

    Woos - Phantom, Thunder, Ciara, and Lightning

  10. Wow!
    Thanks for sharing the story of Shado.
    It is pawesome!
    Kisses and hugs

  11. Beautiful story of such a special boy.
    Luvs Freya Rose Blossom X and the cat :-) x x x

  12. What a wonderful email. Shado is very special - just like you.

  13. I'm so glad both Stella and Shado found great homes with people who love them.

  14. Wonderful story! Your friend

  15. Your friend Shado is very special; we are glad he now has the loving safe life he deserves...and we know your family of rescues offers the best sanctuary and forever commitment ever.

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