August 2007 in South Texas
I woke up to Ice on the ground, not just light frost type but thick ice everywhere. The schools and businesses were closed. You see in South Texas we don’t know how to drive on ice! I was ready to enjoy a day off when I get a call from my adult son who is in college and working part time, he sounded upset, I could tell in his voice something was wrong.
He proceeds to tell me, Eve, his Beagle is sick and no vets are open, so I said I will call around. I finally called Adopt a Pet and they said they had a vet coming in that day. Since Allen, my son had to go to work, he worked at a grass farm, I told him I would take Eve in to have her checked out.
I arrived with what seemed like 50 other pet parents who, like me, finally found a vet open that day, and all needed to be seen. I checked in and they took Eve to the back. I was told it would probably be a couple hours before they could see her. So I left. With nothing to do and nothing open, I decided to just go across the street to the public pound since it was the only other place opened around.
I was walking around looking at all these sad dogs feeling sick to my stomach when I noticed a tiny puppy in a corner freezing. He was shaking so bad and soaking wet and so very little. So I marched up to the front and asked them if I could just see a dog, not get but dry off and try and help him. They opened the door and that little puppy ran straight up to me and peed on my shoe while he tried to climb in my lap. I put him down cause he was wet and asked about a towel. He didn’t let that stop him, he climbed on my lap again while I was kneeling down next to him.
I took him to the front office and asked again about a towel, as I dried him off he became silly running around me and jumping up in my lap. The office personnel called him but he wasn’t leaving my side. I asked if they could keep him in the front until it wasn’t so cold since he was so small and was told no. That he would be placed back in the pen after I left.
Needless to say, Buster came home with me that day!! He was too small to even have neutered. I kept thinking two things, what in the world was I thinking and what I was going to tell my husband!?!?!
I went back to Adopt A Pet and picked up Eve and medicine and took two dogs home. I fell in love that day and just knew my husband would too…. EVENTUALLY. When he got home, he first went on a long oh my conversation about how those type dogs bark all the time and don’t like people, you see my new fur baby was a Daschund. I didn’t even realize that until my husband pointed it out. The whole time Buster was on his shoes peeing. My husband bent down picked him up and fell in love too!
Buster has been in our family now for 10 years, he by far has been the best dog we have ever had. We have since bought another Daschund, Butch. You can tell the difference between them. Buster is so loving and appreciative of us rescuing him, but little does he know he rescued us. We love him so much!! If you have a choice always try the pound first, you will be amazed at how wonderful these animals are!!