A year ago today, we went to the LPA (the refuge) in Lille to look for a dog to adopt. My mom has adopted several dogs from shelters or rescues, so for me, buying a dog isn’t an option. I’d much rather give a home to a dog who needs one. Plus, we didn’t want a puppy. That was one of the only criteria that we had. We also wanted a dog that would be happy in an apartment. It would be unfair to keep a high energy dog inside such a small space.
Our visit was fairly heartbreaking as there were just so many dogs there, and the poor guys only get a short break from their enclosures when volunteers walk them. I don’t know if I could ever volunteer in a shelter. I’m sure I’d want to bring home basically every single dog they have.
We met a few dogs, but they didn’t seem to be good fits for an apartment. Then, a volunteer introduced us to Elliot a quiet, timid, and calm one and a half year old dog. We walked him around a bit, and he immediately took to us. We knew we couldn’t put him back into his enclosure (with two other dogs), and we adopted him straightaway.
He was so so shy in the beginning. He fit the description the woman gave to us. Slowly, he started to come out of his shell. Bringing home a tennis ball was the best idea ever. It’s his best friend, constantly by him. If he can’t find it, he goes insane.
He had some issues in the beginning, mainly with separation anxiety, but he slowly got used to the idea that we always come back. Though I know he prefers just to spend every moment with us.
A year later, he’s an outgoing and energetic. I’m not sure where the quiet timid guy went. He’s scared of other dogs and barks his head off at them, but we’re trying to work on that.
Most importantly, we love him immensely. We can’t imagine what our lives would be like without him. There’s nothing better than walking though the door and having him greet us. He says “hi” and then races to get his ball. He loves for us to play fetch with him.
It’s been such a fun year getting to know him and watching him change. We wouldn’t give him up for anything in the world.
Happy one year in your forever home, Elliot.
Watch him play fetch!