“The first time I saw her, I was getting out of the work truck and she was coming out of the back door for a good walk in the yard. She stopped and looked at me and then ran right over to the fence where I was standing. That was when I thought she would make a great fit to my family,” says proud owner and Animal Control Officer, Mike Johnston.
“I went home and looked into her breed because I wanted to know what I was getting myself into. After the first day that I met her, I went to visit her in her kennel every day that I was working for about two weeks. She always jumped up on the door every time she saw me which made me believe she was interested in me too.”
It’s common for potential adopters to take some time to think about adopting a new pet. It’s a lifetime commitment and sometimes requires a few visits to really make sure it is the perfect fit for your personal lifestyle.
“It wasn’t till one day when I was visiting her, that I really got the feeling that she was mine. She was trying to sniff under the door and I put my hand down. She immediately rolled over and put her paw on top of my hand,” says Mike.
Sometimes those meaningful moments happen within the walls of our shelter. Over the years there has been many similar heart-touching stories that make you believe these animals really are as incredible as they seem.
Poppy, a 6-month-old Blue Tick Hound mix with Walker Hound came into the shelter as a stray and found her Forever Family in Mike. Poppy is now 8-months-old, loves to steal socks and of course play with her toys! Although she is still a pup, Poppy enjoys her down time at home. She loves to cuddle on the couch and watch TV with her dad and she is even known to snore in her sleep! “She loves to give her friends and family all of her attention and she loves to give kisses around your ears. It only took a week for her to be housebroken. I call her my little diva because she has a lot of personality and even poses for pictures,” says Mike.
A typical day in the life of Poppy includes waking up at 8am to eat her breakfast, going for long walks, naps on the couch, play time with all of her favourite toys (her rope is her go-to!) and she sometimes sits down to watch TV with her family. Poppy eats her dinner (one of her favourite things to do) she goes out for another walk and by 8:00 p.m. she’s a tired pooch and heads into doggy dreams.
Success stories like Mike and Poppy’s happen every day at the Peterborough Humane Society. We like to encourage all of our adopters to send us their story in hopes to encourage other families to adopt a pet from a shelter. Every animal deserves a second chance at a Forever Family and the staff and volunteers try their best each day to help our animals find Forever Homes.
By Shannon Emery