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Jerry, named for Seinfeld and Garcia, was planned for and loved long before we learned who he would be.

My boyfriend--who would no doubt become my husband and did this past June--and I made many arrangements and exchanged many emails to pick up a basset hound from a NJ rescue. The hand-off was to take place at a location that would require each party to drive 4-5 hours. On the way, we received a call about the status of the dog we had hoped to adopt that made us very concerned about the rescue organization. We consulted with loved ones, soul-searched, and decided against this adoption--a decision that sickened both of us. mother had a thought: Go to the Humane Society.

We met the cutest, speckled Treeing Walker Coonhound/Beagle mix in the parking lot, fed him treats and walked inside. We came face-to-face with the same dog in the first little doggie cube.

Elmer, as he was named by the Humane Society, was "imported" from GA--an effort made by the organization because of how frequently dogs are put down in the south. He was gentle, affectionate, athletic, goofy and had that little sparkle that made us know he was the one. He was the "Jerry" we had talked about and named at least a year before we met him.

We often marvel at all of the little details that had to go right and wrong for us to meet our (first) doggie soulmate.

He--and his brother, Jake, a Jack Russell Terrier we rescued a year later--are the lights of our life together.

We couldn't be more grateful to rescue organizations for the love they've brought into our, and so many, lives.

Pittsburgh, PA

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