Editor's note: Today's guest blogger is Elizabeth Dobbins, who shares her adoption story.
I went to the Richmond SPCA on a whim, a week after my 24th birthday, in July 2011. I was a Marine Corps officer living alone, and I went to the Richmond SPCA to adopt a laid-back companion. I left work and drove straight to the Richmond SPCA, arriving one hour before closing time. Dottie (then "Lilith") was classified as a "Couch Potato," and she was the only dog who didn't leave her dog bed to come to the front of her enclosure when I walked through. After spending some time with her, I decided to adopt her that day.
Ever since that day, Dottie has been a friend, a reliever of stress and a snuggle buddy. She is truly happiest when she just gets to nap in my bed all day or sit next to me on the couch while I read. She is very quiet, and at times seems thoughtful. She has traveled all over the East Coast in the passenger seat of my car, and she understands when I have to work late (as long as we go for a long walk when I get home). Although she loves to go to the dog park and play with other dogs, she seems happiest just hanging out with me at home, as we both enjoy a peaceful environment. I can't imagine life without her.
Dottie's Canine-ality of "Couch Potato" is part of the Meet Your Match adoption program used at the Richmond SPCA to match pets and people by lifestyle, energy level and other traits. You can take the interactive survey on our website then let our adoption staff introduce you to a match that will bring as much joy to your life as Dottie does for Elizabeth.
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