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We’ve probably all seen the car magnets that read "Who Rescued Who?". In my case, my dog rescued me.

My first dog, Tasha (a Wire Haired Fox Terrier), was 15 when she died a few days before Thanksgiving last year. This made the holidays very difficult for my family, especially me. I loved her like she was another human.

I became depressed. I didn’t smile like I did when she was with us and I wasn’t myself.

In July, my family began to look for another dog. The house felt empty without a dog running around. We searched online for dogs in shelters in our area; we knew that we wanted to adopt.

Enter: Roxie.

We had originally found a Smooth Fox Terrier puppy, but she was already set to go to another home, so the incredibly friendly and helpful people at the Sanctuary at Haafsville in Fogelsville, PA sent us a picture of Roxie: a 2 year old, Wire Terrier/Whippet mix, who came from another shelter in Ohio, where she was found as a stray. Her big brown eyes made us go take a look at her.

She sat in my lap and I pet her for over an hour; I fell in love.

My mom said she hadn’t seen me smile so wide since Tasha died.

Roxie came home with us that day.

Now, she doesn’t leave my side and greets me at the door when I come home. She’s made me laugh and kept me company. Even as I write this up, sitting on my bed, she has her paw on my leg.

In the end, Roxie gets a loving family ready to spoil her for the rest of her life and I get pulled out of depression. All because of Roxie...because she rescued me.

Alison L.
Macungie, PA

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