Roadtrippin’ with my 2 favorite allies…

I figured it was time for a quick intro to these creatures, because if you’re going to read along, you may as well know all about two of the most important things in my life. That’s right, I’m one of those dog moms.

The chubbers on the left is Nemo, he’s a 5-year-old rescue from the Humane Society. I taught him fetch when he was a puppy and it’s my biggest regret, because now he never stops! But when he does settle down, he’s the best pillow in the world and always knows 0P3A7261how to make me smile. He’s truly my best friend.

I’m looking forward to finishing our training for Pet Partners, a therapy animal organization. On my worst days, Nemo is the best source of comfort and I know that he’ll do the same for others once he’s a certified therapy animal! He has the cutest, sweetest personality and is always happy to see new friends.

He will play and play and play until he can hardly breathe, but when he crashes he crashes hard, and is just the best snuggler you can imagine. Now, if only we can control his licker….

My other tiny one is named Dani, and she’s a 4-year-old rescue from Lucky Dog Rescue. If you’re in the market for a new fur friend, I highly recommend them. They were amazing to work with, and really spend time to make sure each dog is matched with a great home. Dani had a pretty rough start in life – she was dropped off at the rescue after she was purchased from a “breeder.” Once her original owner realized she wasn’t a purebred dachshund, she and her brother were dropped off on the doorstep of the rescue. By morning, her brother was dead and it was discovered that they both had parvo. But my little girl is a fighter, and as she was healing from her illness we took her in as a foster.

I’m sure you can imagine, from that point they would 0P3A6885have had to pry her from my cold dead hands – she was already mine.  She is the exact opposite personality from her brother – she is cautious, protective, and honestly, kind of a jerk to people when she first meets them. But hey, if I had her history, I would be a little untrusting too. Over the years I’ve seen her come out of her shell so much, and camping has been a huge turning point for her. She LOVES to adventure and explore, and usually I have to tether her or she’ll go wandering just a little too far!

I am without a doubt the luckiest girl ever to have these two come into my life. On the roughest days, they always make me smile or are there to cry on, or cuddle with. I may have adopted them, but they rescued me.

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A dog is the only thing on earth that loves you more than he loves himself.

– Josh Billings

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