i live in an apartment complex that does not allow animals. i love dogs and wish i could have one of my own, but since i can’t, i have found a solution to getting my doggie fix. there is a pet store down the street from me that houses rescue dogs in hopes that they will be adopted into good homes. they DO NOT sell dogs from puppy mills. thank God.
i have lived in my neighborhood for 6 years now. (wow time really does have wings!). in that time i have become a trusted neighbor to this pet store. and thus they allow me to walk the rescue dogs whenever i want. not just me, they will allow any trusted neighbor to do so. i love that they allow this. these precious joys need love and attention and walks, like any other animal. and it makes me happy that i can bring a little love into their lives. it saddens me that i can’t take them home, but it warms my heart to spend some time with them. and get to know them.
yesterday, i walked a little pup named sweetheart. and boy was she a sweetheart. she was so curious. into everything. looking around, interested in every moving leaf we past. every moving person that walked by. every moving vehicle on the street. she was simply…curious. and she would run around in circles. as if she was over-stimulated by the world around her. so cute. we became fast buddies. i plan on getting in to walk her again in the next few days. part of me hopes she wont be there, because that will mean she was adopted into a good home. but the selfish part of me hopes she will be waiting there for her special walk.
here is a montage of a few of the friends i have made at the local pet store. my rescue buddies.
check out your local rescue shelters or pet stores that carry rescue dogs. see if they will let you walk the rescues. it is such a rewarding experience. and you are helping the animals in the process. showing them the love they so deserve as they await a permanent home.