My First Trip Home

lisa 1670Bad dogs have more fun, so they say.

free dog clipartNot true-I will argue that point. You see, I was a good dog, a quiet dog, a shy dog, sitting in the back of my 20′ x 4′ cage at the BARC Animal Shelter and Adoptions, where I had been sitting for the past four months. I would often hum to myself, ‘We gotta get out of this place if it’s the last thing we ever do.’  I did not bark at the other dogs, nor run forward to greet each perspective owner. I kept to myself waiting for something…then it happened…my new person, ‘Elle,’ came to take me home. She took me outside to play with toys and other dogs while she watched.  I heard my price had dropped over the many months I had been waiting.  ‘Elle’ and her son took me home that day. I  am told I am a mixed breed, possibly between a German Shepherd and a Catahoula. I know…I did not know what that was either.  The Catahoula part explains why I enjoy knocking down large objects, including people, and jumping through the air like a gazelle. I am fast and have a difficult time controlling my urge to chase small animals. Why was I chosen out of all the other hopeful ones, because ‘Elle’ was looking for  a new partner, not a replacement. A partner to take on trips (her favorite past-time9), to train and volunteer for Search and Rescue, (her dream),  to exercise  with, to love, and to spoil. I am Sophie, I am a good dog, I am having a great life, and these will be my tales.

BARC Animal Shelter and Adoptions is located at 3300 Carr St., Houston, Texas

What an amazing shelter.  It is huge with so many pets needing homes. From the moment you arrive, there are many volunteers ready to help (some have been volunteering for 20 years). You may walk and play with as many pets as you chose, and while doing so, are fed water and snacks. You know BARC wants the best homes for these pets, as there are several forms to compete and sign, along with showing proper identification.  You leave the center with your new “tail-wagging” friend, who will have all shots, microchip implant, and spay or neuter service.  You will also be given a bag full of goodies including, information for a new pet owner, a Frisbee, treats, and doggie bags. We love this shelter because they try their best to save the pets and find them homes.  They have a very high save rate. We love them because they care.

Sophie gives them