Two Adopted Dogs Are Better Than One

It was a dream eight years in the making. And then it came true—twice!

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every gift saves lives

Samantha + Sooner, Buddy

When I was five I got a stuffed animal that I took care of like he was real. My mom would always tell me to take him off the table because I would put him next to my plate to eat. That’s when I realized I wanted to take care of a dog.

I’ve been wanting a dog for more than eight years now. I love dogs, just how most people do. Make me choose between a new car and a dog, I’ll choose the dog. A new TV and a dog, I’ll choose the dog. Between a dog and a dog, I’ll choose both. So I did.

"Make me choose between a new car and a dog, I’ll choose the dog. A new TV and a dog, I’ll choose the dog. Between a dog and a dog, I’ll choose both. "

When we adopted for the first time, we came home with not one, but two angels! We drove all the way from San Francisco to Sacramento to meet two dogs I found online. The closer we got the more nervous and excited I felt. That long drive was like a countdown to a turning point in our lives.

When we brought Buddy, a Chihuahua/terrier mix, and Sooner, a Corgi/terrier mix,  to their new home, the first day was slow as they got used to their surroundings. I sat next to them so they would know that it was me who would be there for them now. Sooner cuddled up next to me. Buddy looked up at me and I could see in his eyes that he was realizing he has finally found his real home.

A lot has changed since then, but the one thing that has changed the most is my mood. Before, I would just wake up, go to school, come back, etc. But now I wake up with Buddy and Sooner. They have made this family so much happier. We go out more often now because they love walks and we bond more together. We love them so much. Our lives wouldn’t be the same without them!

My five-year-old self would be so happy that I get to take care of two dogs in need and I am even happier.

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 Samantha Condes won Front Street Animal Shelter in California a 2017 Holiday Wishes award.