Lovable Blockhead Shows Adopters How to Dig Into Life

Cabot is “The Big Cheese”—with an even bigger personality.

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Brooke + Cabot

“We met online.” I tell everyone who asks me how I found my best friend, Cabot. He was listed on Petfinder in New Hampshire, and I instantly fell in love with his face and animated description. I called the number to inquire about him and it turned out he was in Houston, Texas! I was in too deep though, and the next thing we knew, Cabot was being transported up north. We picked him up in Connecticut, and on the way home to New Hampshire, he fell asleep in my lap. I will never forget the feeling of immediate trust between us. He slept all the way to New Hampshire, ran into our house, and jumped on the bed. Welcome home.

"He slept all the way to New Hampshire, ran into our house, and jumped on the bed. Welcome home."

In December, Cabot will have been with us for two years. During this time, he has added SO much to our lives. We named him after our favorite Vermont cheese, and he has certainly lived up to his name. Cabot is a quirky, clumsy, energetic, and goofy dog—The Big Cheese! The amount of joy he has brought us is immeasurable.

My life has changed significantly since bringing home this lovable blockhead. I have learned so much about patience, ear infections, and sleeping with one butt cheek hanging off the bed. Cabot has learned how to rub his head on the carpet after coming in from the rain, how to dig at the blankets until someone lets him under, and how to sit nicely and wait while a sandwich is being made. Cabot believes there is no bad time to poop, and no child’s face that should ever go unlicked.

Cabot shows his love by folding in half and hitting himself in the face with his wagging tail when someone comes home. If you have never felt unconditional love, you can find it in a dog—especially if you have cookies.

Cabot has taught me to see life through his eyes and shown me the simple joys of a day on the lake or an off-leash hike: the sights, the smells, the noises, the chipmunks! Zoomies through the woods could cure most ailments.

“Make time to stop and smell the roses,” Cabot says. “And ALWAYS pee on them.”

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 Brooke Wheeler won S.A.V.E. Rescue Coalition in Texas a 2017 Holiday Wishes award.