My Mutt Stories: Indy
Featured My Mutt... "Indy"
My husband and I wanted to adopt a dog since the moment we started dating nearly 9 years ago, but life always got in the way. We knew we would name our future dog, "Indy", as a token to our love for the Indiana Jones films. In the middle of graduate school, I was browsing through Petfinder and came across an adoption posting for three abandoned German Shepherd puppies. I immediately fell in love, drove to the rescue before class the next day, and took our new fur baby home.
Ever since that day, Indy has entirely changed our lives. She forces us to make spending time together with the "family" and venturing outdoors a priority. Indy is a well-traveled pup! She has been on many adventures to Tahoe, Carmel, San Francisco, Napa, Sonoma, San Diego, and many others. We started taking hiking trips when we realized Indy was a natural on the trial. She always scouts a few paces ahead and then circles back to make sure her pack is safe and together.
Indy has taught us loyalty, humility, kindness, and how to conditionally love. We never imagined how much personality a dog can have - she sure does have a lot of it! She was the last "bridesmaid" before I walked down the aisle to marry my husband. And walked to the Indiana Jones theme song. I still giggle when I reminisce of that moment. She was great!
Our lives can get almost unmanageably stressful at times. Indy seems to intuitively recognize those days and always finds a way to cheer us up. One of my favorite - and simplest - moments was when I had to leave before dawn for a work trip for a few days. Indy hates days when my husband and I are apart. Normally, she will take the chance to sleep in with anyone who is still in bed. But, on that day, she woke up, walked down stairs, and sat next to my suitcase to wish me farewell before sauntering back upstairs to the bedroom. That small moment made that day.
We can't imagine life without her. We can only hope that others are able to find the same companionship through an adoption of their own.
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