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Charlie and Simba
From Jamie of Northport, MI. Adopted from Vickys Pet Connection, Ada, MI.

Charlie’s mama was thrown over the fence of a shelter in Ohio two days before giving birth to eleven puppies. The shelter apparently had no room and through networking, they connected with Vickys Pet Connection in Grand Rapids, Michigan and mama, Charlie, and his 10 litter mates were lovingly fostered by a volunteer.

I had lost my best canine friend of 17 years, Katie (a lab mix) almost a year prior to looking on Petfinder for a new friend. I was finally ready to start a new journey with a new furry friend.

On my first visit to see the puppies, I simply sat down on the ground among them and decided to let one choose me. I picked up and tried to cuddle with 3 or 4 different puppies and each would wiggle away and want to go play with their litter mates. However, Charlie kept coming back. If he wasn’t in front of me trying to climb in my lap, he was behind me trying to climb up my back. I’d pick him up and put him down and he would just keep coming back, ignoring his litter mates. I knew he was the one and that he had chosen me.

At the time, I had 3 cats. When I brought Charlie home, 2 went scurrying away in disgust as if to say “oh great, another annoying dog”! But one, Simba, ran right up to him and started playing with him. The other cats eventually warmed up to him, but to this day, he and Simba are best friends and they wrestle, chase each other and sleep together. Charlie has been nothing but love and fun since I brought him home. He’s so smart and well behaved, and makes me smile every day. I feel so lucky to have him and my only regret is that I didn’t adopt two puppies that day–but…lately I’ve been back on Petfinder looking for a possible little sister for Charlie. We’ll see!

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6:59AM PDT on May 25, 2011

Thank you for sharing!

7:59AM PST on Dec 11, 2010

thank you for sharing!

11:48AM PDT on Sep 2, 2010

Thanks to Larissa Whitby at Newbark I got Tony a Miniature Pincher whom I love dearly. I live in a Retirement home and have difficulty making human friends as I am not outgoing so Tony is my life and I do not know what I would do without him.. We share life food and my bed. He simply is the only life and love I have.

5:17PM PDT on Jun 27, 2010

Such heartwarming stories. Also, what a cute piggie!

10:06AM PDT on Jun 13, 2010

Thanks for sharing!

9:59AM PDT on Jun 13, 2010

nice pics

2:43PM PDT on May 23, 2010

it is very sad that in Poland there's not Animal Adoption if it's going about any aminal without dogs and cats

12:39AM PDT on May 9, 2010

Noted and sign !

5:34PM PDT on May 8, 2010

i love that story pj so heart warming thanks for sharing!

9:00AM PDT on May 8, 2010

My first pet was a guinea pig when I was 8 yo. Squeaky and I spent every waking hour together and sometimes slept together when my mother wasn't looking. She rode in the basket of my bike, shared walks around the yard and my school yard and even won the "best trained pet" contest at summer school. We enjoyed sharing salad, ice cream and even hot dogs! To this day I think of her fondly and smile.

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