If I could ever give you reason to get your next pet through a shelter, Duky would be it.
In 2012, Superstorm Sandy blew through the city. A few days after the storm had passed, a woman in our neighborhood in Brooklyn had found a dog chained to the fence in front of her house. She was looking for the owner and was preparing to take the dog to a shelter.
Knowing the difficulty many dogs have once being placed into a shelter, I impulsively told the woman that I would take the mutt sitting in the backseat of her car. He looked positively terrified. At the time, I already owned a dog. So I planned to take in this abandoned mutt as a foster in the hopes of finding him a home. I would have no such luck. The dog had a ratty blue collar on his neck with the letters DUKY written in black marker. So I called him Duky. He was covered in fleas and had a damaged ear with scratches on it.
After taking Duky to a local vet back in Connecticut and getting him a full work-up, we learned his problems were far worse. His ears had been damaged by mites so terribly that the vet thought he might have permanent hearing loss. Luckily he didn’t have any permanent damage. I once tried to find this dog a home. Somebody in my apartment building took the dog but gave him back within a couple of days. He had bad separation anxiety that was simply too much for most dog lovers to handle.if left alone, Duky would bark for hours on end and look for things to destroy. I once again took him back.
Duky was mine. It was meant to be. My cross to bear if you will. 3 1/2 years later, I have become as inseparable to Duky as he is to me. There isn’t a thing I wouldn’t do to keep him happy and secure in the idea that he would never be abandoned again.
I write this in the hopes that you will choose to adopt your next dog. The pet population is simply too large and there are not enough homes for all the animals in shelters today. Please consider adopting before looking for a breeder or a pet store for your next pet. It will be one of the most rewarding things you ever do.