Celebrate National Pet Day With Jenni James
This past Tuesday was National Pup Day, March 23. If you are a dog lover like me, it’s just another opportunity to celebrate your furry kids, bust we don’t need it to be NPD to do so. Started back in 2006, it’s a day to for dog enthusiasts to celebrate their dogs. My German Shepherd, Rocky, who is now 8, is still, in my eyes, my baby, my puppy, my little (big) man, even though he is 94 pounds and is my lap dog.
I adopted him from Garden State German Shepherd Rescue (GSGSR) https://gsgsr.org/ in July of 2013. They are a foster based rescue that takes, holds and places shepherds in fitting homes. Whether an owner had one and cannot care for them anymore or a stray winds up in a shelter, they’ll find the right home for that particular dog. We met with GSGSR a few times and met a few different dogs, none of which were puppies. We spent time with them and knew that one we met was not a fit for us. He was beautiful, but a bit rough. At the time, my daughter was 5 years old, so I had to be very careful about letting a new, non-puppy into our home. Rocky was timid, quiet and very cautious at first. It took him a while to get used to us and vice-versa. But I will tell you, it was love at first sight. They told me what they knew. He came from Staten Island and lived with a woman who couldn’t care for him. He was so skinny, at only 42 pounds and apparently, under 1, he just seemed to have needed us like we needed him. So after our meeting, we decided he was our guy.
He was just beautiful and still is! I’m in love with him in so many ways, mainly his disposition and all his triangles LOL. His ears can tune in radio stations from Europe, his perfect widows peak on his forehead, his long GS snout, his coloring on his chest that makes it look like he’s wearing a V-neck sweater…you name it. I’ve studied him and smothered him with absolute love.
A dog in my eyes is TRULY unconditional love, and there is nothing like the love of a dog! They teach US unconditional love, one of the most important things in life. They’ll never say you look fat in that outfit, or you need a shower, but they’ll also never tell us they’re thirsty, hungry or sad. They’re always happy to see us, most of them smiling when we get home. I think every person should have a dog, especially children, just for both a child and a dog to learn life lessons. But according to the ASPCA, about
3.3 million dogs enter shelters every year. So if you’re looking for new furry friend, I urge you to check shelters first. The potential of a ‘who saved who’ situation is limitless.
Please share with me your pups and tell me about them! I promise to check out every single one!