A few years ago, I decided I wanted to find a small dog for my little family to care for and began reading and searching trying to find the exact match. It was important to me that we find a small doggie as my five year old son had a terrible fear of dogs and I thought small would be less intimidating. We decided to look for a Pomeranian puppy.
I found several breeders offering puppies, pet stores of course, but, much to my relief and excitement found a website for the National Mill Dog Rescue, and while I didn’t see any Pomeranian puppies on the website, we thought we would stop in to the next adoption event and see what doggies needed homes.
As we walked in I noticed several small dogs with high energy, barking and running around all of which made my son a bit nervous. As we looked more closely we noticed one black and white doggie sitting very calmly. My son immediately went over to visit him through the fence, much to my husband and I’s shock. The NMDR volunteer kindly introduced this doggie as Winston and opened the gate for us to visit. My son sat down immediately and Winston curled up in his lap and proceeded to get pets from my son. My husband and I were shocked and moved by their instant connection and how calm and comfortable my son was with this doggie.
We knew we just had to have Winston in our family. We went through the proper steps and adopted Winston, we were told he had spent most of his life in a cage and therefore, may be unable to do certain things. I am proud to say Winston is one of the most wonderful things that has happened to our family. He walks beautifully with a leash, sits on command, is loving and kind and even plays a great game of fetch.
We loved Winston and this experience so much that a few months later we saw another Pomeranian that had been rescued from the same home the NMDR website. We set up the opportunity to get Winston and then “Buddy” together. While the initial introductions were “interesting” my husband was certain that “Buddy” would be a great match for us.
We took “Buddy” home and discovered he preferred the name Toby. After just a few “doggie conversations” Winston and Toby are true brothers. We can’t imagine our house without either of them. Best of all, my five year old son is pals with both dogs and is no longer afraid.
We love our adoptees and truly love the NMDR organization for doing what you do – I wish we could take them all home!!! ;)