Editor's Note: We recently received an update from Jackie Claggett about her two Richmond SPCA Alumni, Sparky and Ethel. We are thrilled to hear that Ethel and Sparky became such quick friends as they settled into their new home. The following was contributed by Ethel and Sparky's adopter, Jackie.
Last June our family decided to add another member. So one weekend I grabbed a friend and loaded up my daughter, who is 5 years old, and we headed to the Richmond SPCA. We had a great experience that day. An adoption counselor helped us to find the right fit for our family by listening to what was important to us; mainly a dog that would be a good fit with my 5 year old. That day we left with Tiny Tim, or Sparky as he was renamed, a tri-color beagle. These last 6 months with Sparky have been awesome. He is amazingly gentle with my child and is very loving with the whole family.
Since I follow the Richmond SPCA on Facebook, I always scroll through and look at the updates, especially of the dogs available for adoption. In early December I noticed on the Richmond SPCA website that there was an older dog who remained on the page day after day. Her name was Ethel, an 8- to 10-year-old beagle mix who is deaf. When I saw her little face on the website, I had the feeling that this was my dog. We took another ride over to the Robins-Starr Humane Center, and there she was. Again the staff took time to sit with us and make sure this was a good fit with our family and my daughter. They also made sure that Sparky was a good fit with Ethel by facilitating their meeting before we left — we couldn’t leave Sparky out of this decision to expand our family once again. [Jackie’s adoption of Ethel was a gift from Priority Automotive Richmond. The auto retailer paid the adoption fees for 415 dogs and cats who found lasting, loving homes at the Robins-Starr Humane Center between Dec. 3-18, 2015.]
These two dogs have made a quick bond. We bought Ethel her own crate to hang out in, but often times the two dogs prefer to share one crate, all snuggled up together. Sparky now seems to wait for Ethel, maybe knowing that she is slower and deaf. These two have added so much excitement and love to our family!
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