7 Sweet Pet Adoption Stories About Finding Your Best Friend
CHICA AND BRUCE
Animal lovers are known to say, "I didn't save my pet, they saved me."
PetSmart knows all about this sentiment, the company recently celebrated their seven millionth adoption. That's a major milestone. In honor of their matchmaking success, PetSmart shared seven of the special adoption stories to come out of the seven million they have helped to create.
If you have adopted a pet and want to share your story, post your meet cute to Twitter or Instagram with the hashtag #iadopted and win a chance to be featured on PetSmart's adoption story wall online.
If you haven't adopted a pet yet, but are looking, this is the perfect time. This weekend is PetSmart's National Adoption Weekend, where the company's 1,470+ stores will feature animals looking for loving homes.
If that isn't enough incentive, read just a few of the amazing adoption stories out there:
Having recently lost his wife and beloved dog of 13 years, disabled Marine Corps veteran Bruce was feeling empty inside. Then he came across Chica at PetSmart, who was hopping out of her cage to see him, and the connection was instant.
"It was like the whole house opened up. Ever since the first night, she took it upon herself to sleep in my bed right next to me, stuck like glue, and I don't mind at all. She wakes me up at 4:30, and I'm instantly in a good mood," said the owner.
Chica and Bruce have been together a year now and love to take Corvette rides. The tan rescue pup also helped Bruce, who is now doing well after radiation treatments for a lung cancer diagnosis.
"I don't know what I would have done without her," he said.
DAISY AND HER FAMILY
Angela and Brad McKenzie, who both work in New York with the Coast Guard, were looking for a second dog to entertain their two boys and Great Dane when they spotted Daisy on a rescue website partnered with PetSmart.
The family drove down on the hottest day of the year to pick up the pup and connected with the dog in seconds. The adoption was made even more special when the family found out Daisy was PetSmart's seven millionth adoption.
"To find out that she was the seven millionth and we were able to save her, and she's now this poster child for pet adoption — it's amazing," said Angela. "She just happened to be that one lucky dog, in both respects."
GLEN AND BLAKE
Blake saves Glen's life nearly every day. Glen suffers from two potentially fatal and rare brain conditions, polymicrogyria and unilateral schizencephaly, and has a rare brain tumor. These health issues cause Glen to have daily seizures.
Blake helps Glen through these daily struggles with no prompting or training, springing into action on the first day he was adopted.
"I was sitting down and watching TV, my arm started shaking, he jumped in my lap and stroked my arm, looked at me and purred," Glen shared.
Since then, Blake has started waking Glen during seizures, which can be fatal if slept through, pulling the plug on the computer when he senses a seizure could be coming and blocking the door when Glen is about to have a seizure before going out.
Glen, who is the oldest living survivor of his conditions, believes Blake is a huge part of his longevity.
DOTTIE AND PETE
Like Bruce, Dottie lost her long-time spouse and devoted dog in quick succession, an emotional hit that rocked her world. She knew she wanted another dog, but was hesitant to replace her old pup too quickly.
But when she went to PetSmart with her entire family, which includes five grandkids and three great-grandkids, and they all fell in love with Pete, the 14-lb. Boston terrier - Chihuahua, she knew he was the one.
The dog, who was abandoned on the street, quickly adapted to his new action-filled home, where he is a constant companion to Dottie and an excellent playmate for her big family.
"Honestly, I don't understand why nobody came for him," she explained. "He's the best little guy, very cuddly, wants to be held all the time, and just wants attention."
ED AND POLLY
62-year-old Vietnam veteran Ed Zyer had been suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder for years and medication was little help, and then along came Polly.
Zyer and his girlfriend attended a PetSmart adoption event, after Ed's doctor encouraged him to find a service dog. Polly picked Ed by walking right up to the vet and sitting down beside him. Ed knew to adopt the dog on the spot.
Shortly after coming home with Ed, Polly started service dog training and quickly passed all the tests.
"From a person who's been suffering from PTSD for more than 40 years, for her to come into my life, it's a total 180-degree turn."
Ed said that Polly has brought a new happiness into his life and he encourages all veterans suffering from PTSD to look into adoption.
MIS AND TOBI
Tobi joined a wild family. Mis Kryene, who is the proud mom to a turtle, Jack Russell mix and a rabbit named Floor, was looking for a bunny buddy for Floor when she found Tobi online and then met him at an adoption event.
Hoping the rabbit would fit in with her animal crew, Mis took Tobi home.
"He was just happy about everything, like it was the best thing ever," she said about Tobi's behavior. He instantly fit in.
Now, Tobi is part of the adorable troop that brings joy into Mis's life everyday.
"If I've had a rougher day, they collectively join forces and insert themselves where ever I am. Somehow, they know my mood and are really good at knowing what to do to make me laugh," she said.
ADAM AND ZEPHYR
Zephyr the German shepherd mix, who Adam Kelly and his wife Nicole recently adopted, has opened a new chapter for his owners.
After noticing Zephyr's focused and motivated drive to play, the Kellys realized that the pup could be an ideal search and rescue dog, a field both of the owners were interested in exploring.
After going through the training, Zephyr is now a Level 2 search and rescue dog in Michigan and could reach field-deployable status at Air Scent Search and Rescue as early as next spring.
"The opportunity to help those in need is very rewarding," Adam shared. "The idea that rescuing Zephyr will someday result in rescuing others in need is definitely a fantastic thought."