My Mutt Stories: Halea
Featured My Mutt... "Halea"
I wanted to add a dog to our family for years; my husband was not so sure. In fact, he was quite resistant. "Who's going to walk the dog all time?" he asked. I assured him it would be me.
Laid off from my job in the summer of 2010, I had some time to peruse Petfinder, which is where I landed on the photo of a white and brindle cutie described as a "fox terrier mix." I contacted Northern California Family Dog Rescue and arranged to bring Halea home as a foster, in great part because my husband remained skeptical of the whole idea of a canine addition to the family. Doing the foster thing seemed like a good way to ease into it all.
When Halea arrived at our house, I took a long look at her and realized this was no fox terrier mix. She looked like a pit bull. “Jeez, Matt is never going to go for this,” I thought. But Halea seemed playful and cute and so happy to run around our back yard. We had to give her a shot.
It took about 2 days for Matt to become Halea's primary walker, taking her on long jaunts through the hills of Belmont and on the off-leash trails at Pulgas Ridge, where Halea proved herself the perfect off-leash companion, never running away and always keeping her human in sight.
Two weeks went by. One morning Matt was getting ready to leave for work. Halea was near the front door. I could hear him from the back of the house: "Bye-bye little Lay-Lay. Dada loves you."
Yup. We were so keeping that dog.
Four years later, Matt will still sometimes look at me and say, with great sincerity, "Thank you for getting Halea."
- Monica S.
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