In a Galaxy Not-So-Far Away, an Adopted Dog is on a Mission to Spread Joy

Artoo-D2 was the perfect partner to help Sarah keep sadness at bay.

Sarah + Artoo-D2

When Sarah’s dog Obi-Wan was lost, Artoo-D2 helped heal her broken heart. Together, they’ve triumphed over the Empire of Sadness and work to bring joy to others.

"I almost missed little Artoo because he looked so much like my lost Obi, I had passed him by in my grief. But he couldn't hide from my friends in the Rebellion. ‘This one,’ they said. ‘The Force is strong with this one."

Senior dog and master warrior Obi-Wan vanished one night in a fireworks and thunderstorm attack on our house. I was heartbroken spending day and night searching for Obi-Wan, my only hope to defeat the Empire of Sadness that was threatening to crush my aching heart. How would I ever find him? Could I be victorious without him?

Adopted Dog Artoo-D2

My friends soon joined the Rebellion against the Empire, and we fought the Sadness together, through the long days of searching and the tears. Soon it appeared that the Empire would win, as all hope of finding Obi seemed lost. As my birthday approached, all of us in the Rebellion gathered to consider a new daring strategy. We laid out our plans to find someone we heard could help: a super-dog named Artoo-D2. But where would we find him? Surely he would be hiding from the Empire, too…

Adopted Dog Artoo-D2

The list of possible locations was long, so we planned to spend the entire weekend searching. The Arizona Small Dog Rescue seemed like a clever place for him to hide out, and Petco was hosting their adoption event on my birthday weekend. Perfect! At first, I held a sweet little black dog, but he was not the one. I almost missed little Artoo because he looked so much like my lost Obi, that I had passed him by in my grief. But he couldn’t hide from my friends in the Rebellion. “This one,” they said. “The Force is strong with this one.”

Adopted Dog Artoo-D2

The moment I held him, I felt the Empire of Sadness shake and begin to crumble. That day little Artoo-D2 rescued me when he decided to adopt me! While holding him, I couldn’t help but smile at the goofy grin on his face as I signed the paperwork. When I read his story, I realized he had fought many battles with the Empire of Sadness himself — lost, sent to the pound, then adopted, then rejected and dropped off at a rescue. Now at Petco, two broken hearts came together to form the most powerful Force ever known. Together, the Empire didn’t stand a chance against us!

Adopted Dog Artoo-D2

In the last two and a half years, we have gone on many missions together, discovering that others are also battling with the Empire of Sadness and we can help them fight! Artoo-D2 loves to bring: comfort to our friend in Hospice, joy as he hops and plays at the homeless shelter where I work, laughter as my Captain Artoo stands tall on the bow of my kayak, cheers as he climbs with me to the top of a mountain, love as he cuddles with me in our tent and we watch the stars. Here’s to many more Artoo adventures, as together we bring the Force of Joy to all those around us!

Thank you, Arizona Small Dog Rescue and Petco. We love you!

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 Sarah won Arizona Small Dog Rescue in Phoenix, Arizona a 2019 Holiday Wishes award.