It was a little tricky to find you since I couldn´t remember the name of the shelter from years ago, but I thought you may appreciate this “happy ending” story.
Almost 9 years ago, I decided that I was ready to adopt a dog for the first time. I went to lunch at my aunt´s house and asked her where I should start. She and her husband never had children, but they always had dogs. They would often go to a shelter and adopt the one that had been there the longest, or the next one on “death row”, etc. ( ADOPT-A-PET is a pro-life shelter and we don’t have a “death row”). Once they adopted a big black lab that used to be a guide dog for the blind, until he himself went blind.
She took me to a tiny shelter near the Koeberg refinery (Adopt-a-Pet rented those premises for 12 years) that very same day, after lunch. There was a puppy pen with a few little brown pups, and one poor sorry looking little black pup. I had always dreamed of having a big wolf-dog to go on adventures with up mountains, etc. but when I saw this tiny thing my heart broke. I decided that I couldn´t leave her, and that I would adjust to enjoy a small dog, since we imagined she´d not grow very big. A few days later a home visit was done at my house at the time, in Stellenbosch, and right afterwards I drove through to fetch my sweetheart Molly. She vomited the whole way home! She came everywhere with me, and for that whole first year, everywhere we went, I had to clean up vomit afterwards!
8 and a half years later, Molly and I still swim at the beach together almost every day, we hike up mountains, we go camping and sleep in tents. She is so unbelievably loved by so many people, and most of all by me. She is my family and my best friend. Also, she ended up growing into the big wolf-dog of my dreams!
Thank you for rescuing her so that we could find each other. I cant imagine a world without her, and I can´t imagine who I would have been without her. I am so grateful.