Adopted Puppy Becomes the “Dog Son” of His Mom’s Dreams

Danielle prayed to become a parent. Then she met Dillon.

Danielle + Dillon

Danielle was devastated when she learned that she was unable to have children. Then she met Dillon, the “dog son” of her dreams.

"It amazes me how this little 12-pound crazy haired wild man can show me so much love and affection."

The day I was told I could not get pregnant, would never have children, and would need a full hysterectomy within weeks was the worst day of my life. I had prayed and prayed to become a mommy, but could not conceive. It never occurred to me that I’d become a “dog mom” instead. A few months went by, and my friends started tagging me on Facebook posts of available dogs at South Hills Pet Rescue. After weeks of looking into it, I thought, “Okay, let’s give this a chance.” It was a late night post that grabbed my attention. There would be 28 dogs arriving from Jackson, Mississippi who would be up for adoption. I had my eye on two, but knew they wouldn’t last.

Dillon the dog with Danielle

Next morning while at work I couldn’t stop thinking, 28 dogs and they need homes. I decided to take a half day off work to go see these fur babies. This was the best decision of my life. The volunteers told me the two dogs I was interested in were no longer available. How could this be? My heart was pounding. My best friend grabbed my hand telling me “It’s okay, don’t worry we can come back again.” I thought maybe I shouldn’t have come. And then the wonderful volunteer asked me if I’d seen their brother. I tried to remember the picture and I couldn’t put a face to him. She came up the steps with this big brown eyed boy. There was my “dog son” staring at me.

Dillon the dog with family

Call it fate: my dog is from Jackson, Mississippi. Jackson: that’s my last name. His given name is Dillon, the same letter of my first name so I had to keep it. Dillon would be able to come home with me the weekend of Mother’s Day. This was my son! Yes, he’s coming home with me!

Dillon the dog

Dillon is such a blessing to me and my family. He has no idea what life he has given me: it’s a life I look forward to living. I am still fighting my illness, and Dillon knows when it’s not a good day and never leaves my side. He is a true momma’s boy, and he brings me so much joy and excitement every day. It amazes me how this little 12-pound crazy haired wild man can show me so much love and affection. This is why I say, “Who Rescued Who?” Dillon saved my life. Money can’t buy you love, but you can rescue it… I’m a dog mom!

Dillon the dog

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 Danielle won South Hills Pet Rescue in Pennsylvania a 2018 Holiday Wishes award.

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