Alodie + Tripp

A sweet rescue dog with an incredible ability to comfort a sick baby girl

every gift saves lives

every gift saves lives

Alodie + Tripp

When we adopted Tripp from Angels Among Us in 2014, his foster mom said our boy really wanted his own family. Watching Tripp run around our house for the first time, I agreed. He seemed delighted with his new home.

"The moment Tripp laid eyes on Alodie, he was smitten."

Tripp was our sixth rescue, and by this point, we were well trained. We knew which toys to buy. We knew he wouldn’t need a dog bed because he would be sleeping with us. I took him to reader events and he video bombed almost all my vlogs. We had a great time.

In 2016, our daughter Alodie was born. Lots of people will tell you that love at first sight doesn’t exist, but those people are wrong. The moment Tripp laid eyes on Alodie, he was smitten. 3 am feedings? Tripp was right there next to her. Dirty diaper? Tripp alerted us. Alodie became Tripp’s purpose in life. We laughed.

 Then Alodie took a turn for the worse. We now know she has severe food allergies, but the five months leading up to the diagnosis were agonizing. There were many nights when we could not comfort her and many days when she was inconsolable. Pain robbed our baby of sleep and peace.

During those times, Tripp refused to leave her side. He burrowed close, rested his chin on her legs and let her fingers knot in his fur. It worked like magic. With all her attention focused on the dog, Alodie’s breathing slowed. Tripp didn’t stop Alodie’s stomach from revolting, but he soothed her in ways we couldn’t. Alodie began to look for Tripp all the time.

Tripp is 20 pounds of fluff. He isn’t a dog who will save the world, but he’s already saved the world for our little girl. That’s the thing about rescue dogs; they give back far more than they receive.

When Alodie asks about her babyhood, I will have so much more to tell her about than the joys of first steps and first words. I also will be able to tell her about the fuzzy, little dog who loved her first and how they made it through those first few months of life together.

Learn more about how you can help save lives by visiting the Petco Foundation.

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 Romily Bernard won Angels Among Us in Alpharetta, Georgia a 2016 Holiday Wishes award.