I stopped, pulled over and walked back to the dog. He was still standing guard on the bridge. As I approached, he began barking, then jumped down behind the bridge and started to run. I turned my back and sat on the bridge to see if the dog would settle down. I was in no hurry.
With somewhere between 5 and 7 million homeless animals entering U.S. animal shelters, it's unconscionable to suggest, as one writer did in the Washington Post, that adopting a pet from an animal shelter is a bad idea.
We love digging up videos of puppies doing adorable things online. Thanks to ShelterMe.com, we can put this guilty pleasure to good use by spending time with shelter animals and sharing their photos and videos with the world.
As Nate, 29, walked through the kennels, Otis was the only dog not barking excitedly -- he was just leaning his face against the fence and hoping for some love. Nate took the American Bulldog for a walk in the parking lot, the pup instinctively trotted straight to his car, and it was love.
I am Cejas the Dog. I am grateful. Dog mothers don't have to be dogs themselves. We have birth dog mothers and then we have human Dog Mothers, the beautiful, dedicated, loving volunteers at local SPCAs, city shelters, and rescue organizations.
Every Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday, 30 elementary school kids crawl right into the "Cat Colony" of The Animal Rescue League of Berks County, Pennsylvania, crack open a book, and snuggle up to the strays.
In the age of social media and the transparency of everything, traditional sheltering and animal control models that essentially amount to population control by the sanctioned killing of homeless pets just do not stand up to scrutiny.
Each pet adoption experience has been different -- we've worked with a variety of foster families and shelters. But with each dog, the end result has been the same: we've been truly amazed by the amount of love and affection each has to give.
I'm not suggesting that we "trick" anyone into feeling like they should adopt a dog; the last thing anyone wants is adopter's remorse and a return. But there's nothing wrong with making people feel as comfortable and receptive as possible when meeting their potential new best friend.