Okay, technically we didn’t “meet” online, but I saw her description and photo on Petfinder and knew I had to. It said she was a sweet, outgoing Bernese-Collie pup rescued from a puppy mill with about 50 other dogs. She had no place to go.
So what, she was Oklahoma City? That wasn’t going to stop me.
A woman from the shelter brought her to the airport, and a half hour after landing, we flew back. Two flights and a long night later, this is us the moment we arrived home …
Five years later, she’s …
Our reason to get outside and walk twice a day, every day, rain or shine. (Who am I kidding? It’s Seattle, so mostly rain.)
Our daughter’s patient playmate.
Our very own welcoming committee.
My first dog and, I can’t help but suspect, my best dog.
If you’re in the market for a pup—for companionship, fun, your health, or all of the above—please consider adopting from a shelter.
Petfinder makes it easy to find the perfect match. You can indicate breed, sex, temperament, roomies (kids, cats, dogs, etc.), and how far you’re willing to look (which might be farther than you’d suspect, once you see that perfect little face).
And in case you’re wondering, why the name Pavlov? It’s like a secret handshake. Some people “get it,” and it makes them smile. It’s fun to make people smile. And Pavlov is very good at that.