Foster Dog Finds Love At First Lick

Saving Boone’s life brought one family a lifetime of joy.

Marcie + Boone

Marcie’s family wasn’t intending to adopt another dog. But rescuing Boone changed their lives for the better, and they knew he was here to stay.

"He was playful and goofy, bucking his body side-to-side with a deep bark, beckoning them all to play with him. When he met my three children, he covered them head-to-toe with kisses from his oversized tongue that makes a whipping sound when he licks but misses his intended target!"

I started fostering dogs with Paws Across Pittsburgh in January, which allowed me to save lives, plus gave me the unexpected gift of seeing the joy that these dogs brought to their new families. In June, I came across Boone on a Facebook page. He was next in line to be euthanized at a small shelter in West Virginia, simply because he was the longest resident there (which was less than a month). I asked my rescue if we could pull him, and we did.

Adopted Dog Boone

I brought Boone home and he had an instant connection with my three other dogs. He was playful and goofy, bucking his body side-to-side with a deep bark, beckoning them all to play with him. When he met my three children, he covered them head-to-toe with kisses from his oversized tongue that makes a whipping sound when he licks but misses his intended target!

Adopted Dog Boone

Last but not least, Boone met my husband, Dan. I have never seen such an instant, undeniable connection between a man and a dog. The way that Boone makes my husband laugh makes it impossible for me to keep my eyes off of them. Boone chose his person quickly. It was almost as if he knew how much Dan needed him in his life. Just a year prior to Boone making his wrecking-ball entrance into our lives, Dan had lost his best friend to cancer. More than 10 years before that, Dan had lost his younger brother. My husband is a strong man, but there was a palpable sadness that was an undeniable part of his life. I’ve always felt that fate plays a role in the dogs I choose to foster, and the families that I choose to become their forever homes. This was never more clear than when we saved Boone, who in turn gave my husband an unexpected companionship that was missing in his life.

Adopted Dog Boone

Boone is an affectionate, silly and sweet dog with a bulldozer for a head. He has no awareness of personal space, and in fact, believes that my husband’s lap (and chest and head) is where he is supposed to lay his beefy body. If he’s not getting the attention he wants, he’ll chatter his teeth on our bodies like he’s eating corn on the cob.

Adopted Dog Boone

I watch Dan and Boone’s bond grow deeper every day. It’s like Boone has given Dan a new-found purpose. He enjoys training him and walking with him (and taking the occasional golf cart ride). He has lifted Dan’s spirits in a way that I truly believe only a dog can! Boone was a foster fail. We didn’t intend or expect to keep him, but we also didn’t expect that he would change our lives for the better.

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 Marcie won Paws Across Pittsburgh in Springdale, Pennsylvania a 2019 Holiday Wishes award.