If you don’t like dogs, you might want to skip this post.
A little over a year ago, Jonathon and I decided we wanted to get a dog. We had originally planned to wait longer before we got one. We had only been married for about 5 months and were living in a small apartment. We thought it would be better to wait until we had more space.
But sometimes when we would come home, we would miss that feeling of your dog running up to you with its tail wagging. Always so happy to see you. We decided to start looking and maybe adopt one around Christmas time.
I’m not gonna lie. There was a spreadsheet involved. I was online searching everywhere within 100 miles of home for dogs that needed to be adopted. I was blown away by the amount of pets in need. In fact, if you go to Petfinder and search for dogs within 100 miles of where we live, nearly 2,000 adoptable dogs pop up on your screen.
I was overwhelmed. I read many of their background stories. Many of them were stories of neglect or stories of how their families just didn’t want them anymore. How in the world would we choose one? So, yes, a spreadsheet did come into play.
I found a rescue in Memphis that I really liked called Real Good Dog Rescue (RGDR). A lot of their rescue animals come from the Memphis Animal Shelter, which sadly has a high euthanasia rate. Jonathon and I picked out the 3 or 4 dogs we liked best from RGDR and sent in an application with their names attached. A couple of days later, I got an email from a lady named Jing in reference to one of the dogs we had inquired about.
His name was Romeo and unlike many of the animals at RGDR, he didn’t come from Memphis Animal Shelter. Jing, a volunteer for RGDR, had spotted him with a beagle in a park. They wore no collars. She was able to get them and soon after discovered they weren’t microchipped. So, they became part of the RGDR family. Jing fostered them and named them Romeo and Juliet.
On November 9, 2014, we picked Romeo up for a trial adoption and 6 days later on November 15 we officially adopted him. We changed his name to Sherlock Holmes.
Yesterday, we celebrated Sherlock’s adoptiversary. In the past year, there have been many changes. The biggest changes for Sherlock being that we moved to a house with a fenced backyard and that we got a 2nd dog, Watson. We got Watson because his owner was getting rid of him and we already knew he got along with Sherlock. They are the best of friends.
Sherlock has brought so much joy to our lives. Any of you who love dogs, know they truly are man’s best friend. In honor of Sherlock’s adoptiversary, here are some of our favorite pictures of him from the past year.
Pet adoption is near and dear to my heart. So, the next time you are getting a new dog, please consider adopting. You can find almost any age or breed if you want something specific. And you will be saving a life.
Here are a few bonus pictures of Watson because we love him a lot, too.