Mocha and Lucy

Last week we had the pleasure of participating in a video for our local dog shelter. Shelter volunteers came over to take some photos and video of our dogs, us and a shelter volunteer named Grace. Here it is!

We have two crazy dogs that are a part of our family. They make us laugh and make us crazy but they make life more interesting and fun.

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Three years ago we adopted Mocha from Rochester Animal Services/Verona Street Animal Society. She had been at the shelter for a month or more and one of the vets had taken her home to give her extra time to find a family. We went into the shelter to check out another dog but he didn’t end up being a good fit for our (then) three year old son (kept jumping on him and trying to gnaw on his head) so the staff suggested we meet Mocha. She was sweet and gentle and after a few visits we were sold. She is a loving (too loving sometimes), smart, high energy dog and we love having her as a part of our family. And she is coocoo for CoCo Puffs for babies. It’s hysterical and obnoxious. I guess it is a boxer trait which is likely one of her breeds. Best guess is she was about a year old when we got her (3 years old now) and she is a boxer, hound mix. She was brought to the shelter because her owner was incarcerated and his friends couldn’t care for her any more.

Photo by Ken Tryon

Photo by Ken Tryon

With our kids going to school this fall we thought Mocha could use a companion to play and expend energy with. We were on the fence about getting another dog though. Second dog = more expenses (vet, food, etc.) and makes it more difficult to travel. But those sad, sad faces on the shelter’s Facebook page just kept tugging at my heart strings. And the shelter kept running discount and free adoption events. They were beyond capacity with dogs. The last adoption special of the summer wore me down, so the kids and I went down to the shelter again. But all of the dogs we wanted to visit with were already claimed. Dogs were going like hot cakes that day. But the dogs living with fosters were still available (and qualified for the free adoption if you inquired during the event). So after I got home that day I checked out the RAS website again and one of the foster dogs caught my eye. We called and set up a visit.

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The next day we all brought Mocha to the new shelter play yard to meet Chica and they seemed ok with each other. Mocha was distracted in the play yard but they didn’t hate each other so we decided to go for it.

While there the foster told my hubby that Chica had been at the shelter for a few weeks and her time was running out. One of the shelter volunteers, Grace, had worked very hard with her helping her overcome some dog aggressiveness and had begged for more time more than once. She walked her, did some training with her and when a nationally recognized trainer visited the shelter Grace pled her case. Finally Grace found Chica a foster home. She was only fostered for a week when we got her.

Photo by Ken Tryon

Photo by Ken Tryon

Once we got home with the two dogs, Mocha and Lucy (we changed Chica’s name) began to play non-stop and are now best buds. Lucy has fit right in to our family. She is a big mush and loves being loved. Best guess is she is about a year old and is a yellow lab, pitt bull mix. She was brought to the shelter because her owners were moving and not allowed to have a dog at their new place.

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We are so happy RAS staff, volunteers and fosters worked so hard to give our two girls extra time for us to find them. They are both wonderful additions to our family.

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If you have room in your home and heart, and are ready for the commitment, to adopt or foster a dog (or cat) please contact Rochester Animal Services. There are so many animals there who need a second chance at life. And when you adopt a dog that isn’t a puppy, potty training is usually already done. Plus! And both of our girls were already crate trained. Plus, plus! Dogs that are currently being fostered are a great choice too. That means the shelter thought they were such a good candidate for adoption that they should have extra time. And most fosters work with the dogs while they are in their care to help train them and make them even more adoptable.

I have to add though, that if you aren’t ready to take on the responsibility of an animal, financially and with time invested in training, or if you aren’t in a stable place (like you may be moving or family situations may be changing) don’t adopt right now. These animals need people who can commit for the long haul and who will train them, understand their needs and love them. If you love animals and can’t adopt or foster right now then why not volunteer at your local shelter instead? Or help a friend out when they need a dog sitter over the holidays (hint, hint).

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