Joey and me have been brothers for two years and one week now! We’ve been celebrating his adopt-a-versary with special treats like scrambled eggs, haircuts and extra cuddles. It doesn’t feel like Joey’s been my brother for two years. It actually feels like he’s been with me my whole life. We’re brothers and best friends. When Joey first joined our family, my mom was really nervous. She wasn’t sure she could go through with the adoption. Joey was shy and I was shy and she was scared we wouldn’t be good at being brothers. We proved her wrong and slowly warmed up to one another. Now we’re our own little pack. You should see how excited I get to see Joey when I come home on those rare occasions mom takes me places without him.
As much as it pains me to admit, Joey is a really special dog. He, as many of you know, is a rescue dog. Just like we don’t know much about my past, we don’t know much about his either. All we know is Joey was found alone, scared and scary skinny. You might say Joey didn’t have much of a chance but then he was rescued! His foster mom Miss Carolyn took care of him for nine months. Nine months! She nursed him back to health and prepared him to have a home of his own. Because of Joey’s past, we decided to try fostering too. My mom wanted to help other dogs like Miss Carolyn helped Joey.
In the last 17 months, we’ve helped save the lives of four dogs: Lady, Ginger, Saba and Sophie. They’ve stayed with us for varying lengths of time: six months, two weeks, four months, one week. My mom’s committed us to save a fifth one named Mazie who will start staying with us in another month after she finishes heartworm treatment. In the meantime she’s volunteered to take in several other dogs on that terrible put-to-sleep list but they’ve all been vouched for by other rescue groups before she could get them. Phew. They say when you adopt a dog, you’re really saving two dogs: the one you adopt and the one who can then take their place. Joey’s adoption has meant five dogs saved…plus the dogs Miss Carolyn has fostered since he joined our family. That’s pretty cool! I’m proud of my brother.
Usually on adopt-a-versaries I like to reflect on everything us dogs have accomplished in the past year. But this last year, I gotta admit, we spent a lot of time taking care of our mom. Her heart was hurt and she needed us for extra love, snuggles, support, kisses, naps, you name it. We stepped up to the plate! A dog’s gotta do what a dog’s gotta do. I’m thinking the third year of being brothers is going to be our best year yet. Stay tuned!
Now, take a walk down memory lane with us:
Read About Joey’s Adoption
Read About Joey’s One Year Adopt-a-Versary