Inseparable Siblings Fill New Home with Love

Their chances of being adopted together were slim—but then they got a lucky break.

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Mayce + Riley, Whiskey

I’ve always loved animals but have had a lot of instability for the past 10 years due to my studies. I’ve lived in three different countries and moved coast to coast, which unfortunately meant that having a pet wasn’t a viable option. We moved to California with the intention of staying, however our most recent lease stipulated no pets.

"But that day, we saw two dogs that made both of our hearts melt. "

One day, we happened to walk past the adoption event held every Saturday by SPARC. I always fall in love with the dogs, but my husband reminds me each time that we can’t bring all of them home, especially with our living situation. But that day, we saw two dogs that made both of our hearts melt.

Riley immediately went to Brad, put her paws on his shoulders, and gave him tons of hugs and kisses. Whiskey was a little more reserved. He allowed us to pet him but was not very interested. The adoption agency was quick to tell us that they were a two-for-one deal, and that they would not split these siblings up.

We were torn. We were in love but thought we could never adopt a dog due to our lease—let alone two dogs. We ended up reaching out to our landlord (who was very nice to let us bother her on Memorial Day weekend). We told her the story of these littermates and she allowed us to bring them home! We were over the moon and got to take them home the next day.

Every day since then, we have thanked our lucky stars that we found these two. They are the sweetest dogs, and it has been so wonderful getting to know their personalities and seeing Whiskey come out of his shell. They love running around at the beach, playing tug with each other, and simultaneous belly rubs. The two are inseparable; they are siblings and best friends. In addition to doing most activities together, they search for each other if they become separated while walking, and they take care of one another when they are sick.

Our dogs haven’t changed our life—they ARE our life. They are family and our hearts are so full. In just a few months we have taken them on road trips, they’ve been part of our engagement photos, and they even got to be in our wedding party! While adopting two dogs at once has not come without its challenges, we cannot be more thankful that SPARC brought them in and ensured that they were adopted together. It would have been so sad to have them separated. We are also so thankful to our landlord, who understood the importance of rescuing animals and keeping families together.

As people with so much instability in our lives and being apart from family, we are so glad that these two did not have to go through the same thing. We can’t picture our lives without both of them, and think that they rescued us by giving us the stability we needed, too.

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 Mayce Al Kuraishi won Santa Paula Animal Rescue Center in California a 2017 Holiday Wishes award.