I couldn’t let the day pass without wishing a Happy Eighth Adoptiversary to my pitbull mix Mary of Bethany.
It’s funny. We’ve been together for eight years. But I can’t even remember what it was like before she got here. It feels as though she’s always been a part of my home.
In October 2010, Mary was a 4-month-old stray wandering the streets of Solvay when a good Samaritan found her and took her to Fairmount Animal Hospital.
I had just finished getting my backyard fenced in that September in hopes that the perfect dog would come along.
My old dog Bailey had died in November of 2006, but I wanted to wait a while before adopting another pup. I kept telling a friend of mine that the right dog would come along without me even having to look.
And this friend just happened to work at Fairmount Animal Hospital.
So the afternoon that Mary showed up, she quickly texted me a picture of her with the message “I think your new dog just came along.”
The next morning, I drove out to Fairmount and met Mary for the first time. What a spaz she was!
Plus, after who knows how long wandering the streets, she smelled like a septic tank.
But, man, was she adorable – those humungous bat ears sticking up from her tiny head, and that great, big grin on her face as she nuzzled against my hand. (Making my hand stink like a septic tank in the process). I fell in love with her.
It took me only seconds to decide that this was the dog I was waiting for.
Fairmount Animal Hospital had to wait a week before letting me adopt her – in case her owners turned up to claim her. Given the fact she had bruises on her neck, I was hoping for her sake they wouldn’t turn up.
I was thrilled to get the call on October 21, 2010 letting me know she was all mine. So I scheduled her spaying for the following morning and picked her up that afternoon. The whole drive back to our house, I told her all about the place – the fenced-in yard, the two calico cats, and all the beds I had ready for her.
And from the moment she stepped into our house, she was at home.
In the intervening years, Mary has grown into those big ears. So now she looks less like a bat and more like a dog.
And she is the best dog in the world.
If you’re considering getting a pup, please adopt a rescue dog.
That’s my advice.
Not only are you giving them the love and home they deserve, but the love you get in return is immeasurable.
I can’t imagine my life without Mary of Bethany. She is such a loving, loyal friend. Hell, even the calico cats adopted her.
So happy eighth Adoptiversary, Mary. And thank you for making my life so much fun.
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