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My daughter, Becca is 11 years old and for her birthday last year she requested mostly money b/c she said she had something special she wanted to do with it. Like most moms of children this age I thought oh she wants new toys or CDs or something of that nature. She surprised me one Saturday morning by asking to go to the local Veterinarian's office that was having an adoption that day. I took her just to see what they had and to my surprise they had a little Japanese Chin that had recently been rescued from a puppy mill in MO. Becca wanted to use her birthday money to adopt this baby. I was teary eyed as we filled out the adoption papers and took this frail, skinny and scared to death dog home with us. Over the next few weeks we saw a lifeless skinny dog turn to a happy and so loveable baby girl! She quickly became the love of our lives and filled our lives with so much joy and love. We couldn't wait to go home at night just to play with her. She seemed to touch everyone's lives that she came into contact with and quickly became the neighborhood play dog with all the kids. Everyone that met her loved her. The long and short of this story is this...don't be afraid to adopt a animal from the shelter b/c no one seems to want them...they may just be waiting on you to come along for their happily ever after.

Lannette Easton
Jonesboro, AR

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