My Mutt Stories: Alan
Featured My Mutt... "Alan"
I was not in the market for a dog. But my mother-in-law had two and - since they played at our house about once a week - I was in the Campbell PFE shopping for new dog treats. There was an adoption event that day and Alan was there. He caught my attention because, even though he had just one front leg, he perched up on the temporary fence and smiled at me. At the time, I barely looked at the flyer attached to the fence, just long enough to see his name. Then I bought my treats and left.
The thing is I couldn't stop thinking about him. He had clearly gone through a lot to lose a leg, but he was still so sweet. That night I Googled "Alan dog adopt" and after 10 minutes or so of searching, I found him on an adoption site. I ended up tracing him through the internet back to Doggie Protective Services and saw that he was one of their "sticky" dogs (dogs that have been with them for a long time, still looking for a home). I read his bio and was in love. Back when he was only about a year old, he had been found alone in the street in Los Angeles with a broken leg. After the shelter unsuccessfully tried to mend it, it was amputated.
I spent the better part of the next two weeks marketing him to my husband and family. My mother-in-law was immediately on Team Alan and helped push my husband over the line, until he became part of the team too. I emailed Donna at DPS and submitted our application. We learned Alan would be at the next adoption event, which was less than a week away! I couldn't wait. I felt like I was about to have a baby; I was compelled to buy all sorts of beds, toys, food, etc. When the day finally came, we showed up right at the start of the event. Alan wasn't even inside yet, so we got to meet him as he came out of the van. He was so small! He let me pick him up right away and I quickly learned that he loved treats. On the drive home he sat in my lap and smiled the whole way. It's like he knew.
It's been over a year now that Al Pal has been in our lives and a lot has happened. We took in one of my mother-in-law's dogs, Annie, a three-year-old Black Lab/Border Collie mix, and we had a baby. Alan has been great through it all. He likes to offer his toys to the baby and is willing to play with Annie even though she could fit his head in her mouth. He protects our house from solicitors and cuddles with us when it's cold. He's truly a blessing. I have confidence that he could inspire another family to adopt an orphaned dog and, in his own way, pay it forward.
- Katherine V.
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