Adopted Dog Finds her Soulmates
For Abi and her boyfriend, there was something about Luna that felt right from the start.
Abi + Luna
When Abi met Luna, it was love at first sight. Now her furry best friend is with her for every adventure, big or small.
"There’s just something about her, whether it’s her strange love of Brussels sprouts or her big hugs around our legs when we walk in the door after only being gone 20 minutes, that makes me fall in love with her again every day."
When I walked in the shelter and saw Luna in a tiny crate, just lying there sleeping while her litter mate bounced up and down and gained the attention of everyone, I had a gut feeling I would be taking that puppy home. She was only two pounds and 12 weeks old, and the second I held her for the first time and looked into her pretty green eyes, I made the decision that I would not be walking out without her in my arms (no matter how crazy the looks I was getting from my boyfriend). One hour later, we did just that, and my life has never been the same since.
Our Luna girl is by far the most interesting part of our lives. We’re pretty ordinary people, but we have an extraordinary dog (or so we think!). Since her adoption in June 2018, Luna has traveled all across the country, and showed us that a small fluffy purse dog can be just as adventurous as a big Lab. In just 1 year of life, she has already traveled through eight states, run on dog beaches from Florida to California, and hiked some of the prettiest mountains in Arizona. Even if it’s just to the Burger King down the street — anywhere we go, Luna is right there next to us, and we wouldn’t have it any other way.
Everyone thinks their dog is the best dog in the world, and we’re no different. Calling her mine is like having won the lottery, and I wouldn’t trade her for all the puppies in the world. There’s just something about her, whether it’s her strange love of Brussels sprouts or her big hugs around our legs when we walk in the door after only being gone 20 minutes, that makes me fall in love with her again every day. We know she’s not the most special rescue dog. She didn’t have a sob story of how she ended up in a shelter, and she has nothing medically wrong with her. It is special how much she has changed our lives, though. We openly admit that we love our dog more than we love each other. I’d even take the risk of sounding crazy and say she’s my soul mate. She has cuddled me for hours when I cried over nursing school, forced me to get out and walk with her when I had too much anxiety to leave the house, and brought me closer to amazing people in our lives.
I don’t know who has the best dog in the world, but I do know I was meant to have this one. It is my goal to give her all the love, kisses, belly rubs, adventures, and brussels sprouts a dog can have in their short life span, and she will never ever have to doubt how much her humans love her. Thanks for choosing us to spend your forever with, Lulu. You’re the best dog in my world.
Each year, the Petco Foundation invites adopters to share the story of how their adopted pet changed their lives during the annual Holiday Wishes campaign, giving the organization that they adopted from a chance to receive a grant award. This story by Abi won SPCA Florida in Lakeland, Florida a 2019 Holiday Wishes award.