Variety of adoptable dog breeds surprising

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As I sat listening to the woman describe the circumstances that brought two West Highland Terriers into her life, I pondered whether certain coincidences in life are simply fate.

The woman explained that several years ago, she and her husband were the caretakers of a 13-year-old Westie with declining health.

One summer day, as this woman was outside with her aging canine companion, a stranger walking down the street approached and commented on the old dog. He also mentioned he recently had relinquished his two Westies to Roice Hurst Humane Society because of economic difficulties.

As the stranger walked away, the woman contemplated the rare possibility of a shelter having purebred dogs for adoption.

When she related the encounter to her husband, he suggested they contact the shelter to determine the validity of the stranger’s account. To their surprise, the Westies were indeed temporary residents of the facility and needed a permanent home.

The couple had discussed acquiring a younger dog, realizing their current four-legged friend would probably not live much longer. After a short deliberation, they decided to go look at the dogs.

At the facility, they both stopped when they spotted the two white dogs in one of the kennels. The pretty little female gazed quietly at them with curiosity, while the male retreated to a back corner, suspiciously eying the pair. The kennel technician revealed that because of to the young dogs’ minimal socialization with their previous family, it was advised they be adopted together.

While the couple had previously contemplated adopting only one dog, they decided to take the pair in hopes of finding another home for the recluse male.

The two young dogs slowly adjusted to their new environment. The female was gregarious, genuinely determined to make the best of her new home. The male was not so easily persuaded but eventually deemed his new family acceptable. Attempts to place him in another home were soon dismissed as the little guy wiggled his way into the couple’s hearts.

The older Westie unfortunately did not live long after the two youngsters came into the home, perhaps realizing his humans now needed to care for the rambunctious duo.

A West Highland Terrier is a unique breed of dog that requires a diligent understanding of its complexities. Westies can be a challenge with a stubborn constitution, determination and curiosity. They are highly intelligent, mischievous at times and fiercely loyal. Caretakers of this distinct breed must patiently understand and acknowledge the responsibilities required in caring for these bundles of energy.

Was it simply a coincidence that a stranger walking down the road would lead a couple to adopt these two little dogs, or was it fate? I suppose it could be called a coincidental fate, but I prefer to believe in destiny.

If you are contemplating adding a new pet to your family, always check the local shelters first. You might be surprised at the variety of breeds available for adoption.

Charlé Thibodeau has been passionate pet caregiver for more than 30 years and is the owner of Ah, Natural! Ltd. If you have a pets question you would like Thibodeau to answer in her column, email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).


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