A year after losing our 14-year-old dog, my sweetie and I were ready to welcome some new animals into our lives.
At the beginning of this month my husband and I went to a pet adoption monthly event hosted by a local animal rescue organization. At the gathering, we were introduced to Jojo, the smaller dog in the picture above (on the left). I bonded with Jojo pretty much instantly (and my husband wasn’t far behind) – but both my sweetie and I didn’t see a second animal at the event that felt like a good fit for us. We knew we wanted to get two dogs (as we wanted our animals to have a friend to hang out with while we humans were away at work for 9 hours each day), and we preferred to get both animals at the same time (to minimize as many introduction/integration issues as possible). I explained all of this to Jojo’s foster mom, and she let us know that Jojo actually had a brother (Charlie), who was currently living with a different foster family. It turns out that Jojo and Charlie were both 11 years old, and until two months ago had been living together with an older woman. The previous owner became ill and could no longer care for the two dogs, so she surrendered them to the rescue organization. At the time of the surrender, no foster families could take both dogs – so Charlie and Jojo were sent separate ways. The rescue organization ideally wanted a “forever family” to take both of the animals (which I completely understand – think if your sibling was suddenly and unexpectedly pulled away from you after 11 years) – but the rescue volunteers weren’t sure they would be able to find anyone who 1) wanted two animals, and 2) wanted two senior animals.
Enter my husband and I. We were actively looking for (planning on) two animals; and senior dogs seem to be our karma. (We adopted our previous pet when she was 10 years old.) Learning of Jojo’s brother sealed the deal for us; and now, we have two new members in our small-yet-loving little family.
I’m working very hard to not spoil these boys – but I’m having to work at it. 🙂 Welcome to the family kiddos!