Sadly, in the days before Larry became ours, we’re convinced a different someone abused him. That someone left him on a chain, neglected, sad and hurting in a backyard.
The day we met Larry, July 5, 2010, his neck was hairless and raw, the wounds just beginning to heal. A few of his teeth were broken – presumably from chewing on that restrictive chain.
So after years of waiting and wanting a dog, the time was finally right for our family that July morning. As we crossed the Richmond SPCA threshold, we agreed – each of us had to like our pending pup equally. We needed to be honest about our feelings, and be prepared for this visit to be the first of potentially many attempts to make that perfect match. My husband, our twins’ dad, expressed his desire/hopes for a medium-sized, minimally shedding, and ideally, not white dog.
We all entered the Robins-Starr Humane Center expecting to meet “Austin,” a dog whose web-posted photo and described personality seemed a good fit for our crew. Upon walking in, we got the combined happy/sad news that Austin had found a home… one that wasn’t ours.
As we repeatedly walked the kennels, we were drawn to a few possible matches. With each walk down the loud-with-barking halls, a large, white, Samoyed mutt with a patchy coat silently raised his paw toward my husband, who acknowledged each effort with an obligatory, through-the-bars head pat.
We met “Amos” in one of the Richmond SPCA’s “get to know each other” living rooms. He was sweet, but not the one for us. We voiced an interest in meeting another medium-sized dog, only to discover he was a poor candidate for a family with two 8-year-olds.
The adoption counselor led Larry into the meeting room. Larry headed straight to Scott and placed his chin on his knee. Immediately, our son went over and began petting Larry – talking to him as if they were already friends. Our daughter found a brush and started to lovingly groom his unevenly shorn fur. In short order, I began sobbing.
We found our dog. Our Larry.
Today's guest post was written by Cheryl Lage, Larry's guardian, who also blogs at twinfatuation.blogspot.com. To read the biographies of our regular bloggers, please click here. Before posting a comment, please review our comment guidelines. Please note that our comment policy requires a first and last name to be used as your screen name