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It had been only weeks since I lost the last two of my four Poms. I was determined to not get another dog. It hurt my heart too much to experience their passing. I had given all of my dog supplies and food to a local rescue. After about eight weeks I started yearning for another dog and talked myself right back into it. I decided that, from now on, any animals I adopt will be rescues. I started the process of searching rescue sites and shelter sites. I saw a photo of a white dog that caught my attention. She was at a high-kill shelter. I went immediately after work and, accidentally not having her information with me, started looking in every cage for her. Seeing all of those precious dogs just begging me to take them home broke my heart. I cried through the entire search process. I searched through the shelter twice and could not find her. I walked out to the lobby intending to leave and decided to go back in for one more look. There she was, sharing a tiny cage, sound asleep in the back of the cage, through the barking of all the other dogs. I knew she was for me. The shelter had named her the same name as me! I wanted my own special name for her and started a naming contest on Facebook. Meanwhile, I called her Little Girl. I couldn't see any other name fitting her, so Little Girl stuck. She was so playful, I thought she needed company. Nine months later we drove five hours to meet her now-sister from a shelter in the middle of the state. "Lady" looked almost like Little Girl. She was stand-offish toward me, but got along great with Little Girl. On the drive home Lady nuzzled my hand and it's been a love fest ever since with both dogs. Rescuing is the best feeling in the world.

Linda Jo
Pembroke Pines, FL

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