Simba's Happy Tail!

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Simba's Happy Tail

Simba, Adopted 4/14/21

 

Approximately 3 months ago, we came to Peggy Adams after the death of our last dog to bone cancer. Our goal was not to replace him but to share our home with another dog that needed a home. We left that day with Simba, a 50/50 Shepherd and Pyrenees Mix.

 

We would like to point out that the adoption coordinator Tiffany was extremely helpful. She listened carefully as we told her about ourselves and our living situation before introducing us to Simba. We explained that our home is basically dog proof. There is a 6’ wooden fence around the yard and the pool has a special safety fence around it as well. We allow our dogs to sleep or play in any room of the house, including on beds just as any other member of the family does. There is almost always someone home for company, and we enjoy taking him on long walks twice a day and playing fetch.

 

For a bit of background, my husband and I have been married for 36 years and have 3 adult daughters; during that time, we have always had dogs, as they add a lot to the family. Simba is our 7th dog, the last 4 being Rescues (including 3 at one time) which is the only kind we will ever get again. That being said, we realize that each rescue is unique, and Simba certainly had his set of challenges. 

 

He was extremely anxious, afraid of cars, other animals, and reacted horribly when anyone came near him on anything with wheels; that first day we were a bit in shock as to what lay ahead of us as we were a bit overwhelmed. However, we reached out to the professionals at Peggy Adams for some input and had a trainer work with us and Simba to get over the rough spots (we have used trainer with all our dogs shortly after they moved in and would recommend the same to anyone who is adopting a shelter dog). Flashing forward to today, it is hard to believe that he has only been in our home for three months; it feels like he has always been a part of our family!

 

It is important that people who are about to adopt realize that the main reason an animal ends up in a shelter is because people may have unrealistic expectations when bringing a dog into your home. Keep in mind that the dog you are bringing home needs time, love, and care so that they can feel like a part of your family. It will take a few months for them to trust that you are not going to leave them like their last family did. Understand that the difficulties that you may encounter will not last forever, and be very patient with them, and just take it one day at a time. Just like anything else in life that is worthwhile, hard work often brings great rewards - before you know it you will have a forever friend to share your lives with.

 

- Sharon and Dave

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