This is my little friend, Bacon. He has been at the shelter since I started volunteering there in July. He's small and cute and just a doll, but he's fairly plain looking, especially when you consider all the pure-breds and hard-luck stories at the shelter.
I have taken him to the doggy park a couple of times. He's great there - kinda my little shadow, and so sweet. I had to push him back in his cage the first time I brought him back to the shelter, which broke my heart.
Last week when I was there, I gave him treats after his walk but he didn't want them. I felt so guilty and asked the shelter manager if we could move him to one of the running common areas, rather than leave him a small crate all the time. Apparently he jumps out when you try to keep him in one of those areas, so he had to stay in the crate. Ugh.
Then I asked if we could lower his adoption fee from $200. I felt it would be easier to try to "sell" him if we lowered the fee.
I stopped by Friday and took some dog pics, and was already wearing get-dirty clothes and had some time, so grabbed him and a really spazzy dog named Lucky and took them to the park. I gave them baths and let them run. Lucky was the star of the park - he ran at full speed for about an hour. He was playful with the other dogs and so happy to be free for a while. Everyone at the park loved him, and I tried to spread the word as much as possible that they both needed homes.
Bacon kept following me around at the park. If I held my arms out - or sometimes even if I didn't - he would jump up so he could cuddle with me. When I sat at the picnic table, he was on my lap, snuggling. I felt incredibly sad the whole time that such a sweet dog should be homeless and living in a crate.
I've been emailing everyone on Craigslist who said they are looking for a small dog. Today I went to to it again and went to get Bacon's profile off of Petfinder for them and... it was gone! I called the shelter manager and she said that HE GOT ADOPTED. A family came in yesterday and decided on Bacon; he'll be going home tomorrow.
I cannot even say how happy I am. Seriously. The shelter manager said it must be something I did, since it's been a good five months and NO ONE has looked at those dogs, and all of a sudden...!
Also? Lucky is being adopted right now. He's been there for a couple of months. I'm so glad someone is willing to take a chance on such a high-energy dog, 'cause he's a sweetie too. Pure happiness.
What a good day! :)