"Chicklet's been on many a road trip with me and is the perfect little companion."
"I decided I wanted a dog a few years ago because I wanted a companion to accompany me on walks and camping. Our five cats were totally uninterested in either activity. Go figure. I started looking at various rescues & adoption events but had a few requirements that just weren't being met. We have five cats, so the dog would have to be cat-friendly. The dog would be living inside, so not too big. My husband doesn't like little 'yapper dogs' (& wasn't at all convinced we even needed a dog), so the dog had to be of a certain type - not too rambunctious, not a barker, not this, not that, yada yada yada.
In April 2012, while my husband was in the hospital recovering from an infection, I found my perfect little furry soul mate. On my way home from the hospital on a Saturday afternoon, I stopped by Petco in Fenton, MO, just to see if they were having any adoption events. There were two puppies - one was labeled a "pom mix" & the other a "jack russell mix." The pommie was so cute with her little perky nose & bright eyes, but I thought about my husband not liking those little 'dust-mop' dogs so I took a closer look at the other one. She was quietly sitting in her cage, little ears drooping, looking lost & confused. "Jack Russell mix" - oh no, not a jack russell - they're way too hyper! Then I took her out of the cage & she looked at me with that sweet face & I said "Do you think you could love me? I could love you I think." I held her for a bit & then decided that $200 of our tax refund money was going to go for this pup. She was already spayed (at a very young seven weeks) & had all her shots & vetting, so I justified the expense. The rescue lady said she'd been taken with about a hundred other dogs from a woman in Monet, Missouri, & labeled "a hoarder dog". I found out later that the same woman had been charged with running a puppy mill.
I took my new little puppy from Petco in Fenton to my favorite PetSmart in Arnold & bought her a brand new leash & harness ('cause they look more comfortable), some food & a few toys. Borrowed a wire kennel from my dad & planned to have her sleep in it at night - that plan quickly changed when she cried for the first couple hours of the first night. After that we decided she could sleep wherever she wanted - which she happily does. Anyway, I named my pup Chicklet - I always called my daughter & her friends Chick-lets when they were younger & the name just seemed to fit my new pup.
When my husband came home from the hospital on Monday morning, Chicklet met him at the top of the stairs, wiggling & whining like he was her long-lost best friend in the entire world. At that moment my husband fell in love with her. I can honestly say she's been sent from Heaven because my husband is disabled & suffers greatly from depression. Since Chicklet came into our lives, he's been walking her & is just 'happier' with this little critter & her unconditional love & devotion.
Chicklet's been on many a road trip with me & is the perfect little companion. She quickly learned 'her spot' was on the console between our front seats & loves hiking & jumping in creeks & lakes & rolling in sand. I never ever dreamed I'd love a little critter as much as I love our Chicklet."My dog Brodie Bruce has been such a great dog. He's almost 2, he was one of our first 3 foster puppies, and he worked his way into our family. I grew up with small dogs, and always had females; Brodie broke the trend: our first boy and he now weighs in at 60 pounds. He has helped our semi-feral rescue girl come out of her shell and become more balanced and confident. Not only has he helped her, but he has been a wonderful foster brother to 26 other puppies! He is a gentle boy and loves all dogs and kids. Because of him we have met some of the greatest people in the rescue community! He is a great example of a Motley Dog, we don't know who his parents are as he was rescued at 5 weeks old with 2 sisters. He is funny and sweet, knows when to be silly to cheer you up, or to just come snuggle to make you feel better. He is my heart and my joy.
– Joyce P., about her dog Chicklet