Aboard the Ark

I walked into an animal shelter outside of Nashville. “Give me the dog that is hardest to adopt. The one you’re about to put down. Your oldest dog.” Out came Dalton with the animal control officer—gangly, dopey, and full of drool. His huge paws did not match the size of the rest of his body and his eyelids were as droopy as his personality. He hopped into the car. Well, he didn’t hop. His gangly legs couldn’t quite coordinate themselves into my tiny hatchback. I picked up all 60lbs of Dalton and helped him up into the backseat, signed the paperwork saying he was being picked up by rescue, and down the road we went on his Freedom Ride.

I returned to the fundraiser event in Nashville that Noah’s Ark Society was putting on so that Dalton could meet the rest of his rescuers. Dalton was the life of the party and he enjoyed sniffing all the doggy butts and licking all the human faces that would let him. No one could believe this was the dog that was “unadoptable.”

Upon returning home, I discovered that Dalton hated being alone, so much so that I would bring him along for every car ride I could and even brought him to work. He drooled like no other dog I had ever fostered, he scared himself when he farted (both by the sound and the smell), and he had such an astounding lack of coordination, it was simply mind-blowing (no treat thrown would ever be caught by Dalton).

But all of his hilarious flaws made him that much more endearing, which is how he found the most perfect family. My parents.

I brought Dalton to their house near Chicago for a weekend, secretly hoping they would fall in love with Dalton as much as I had. My parents thought Dalton was hysterical and completely fell in love with him, despite his notoriously smelly gas, and they decided to adopt.

This so-called “unadoptable” dog truly hit the jackpot with my parents. My mother happily chases Dalton around the house wiping up the drool from his face every time he drinks water and my parents walk around with him in the yard, rain or shine, waiting for him to do his business (he won’t do it unless you’re right there with him). My parents welcome the constant (and I mean constant, think “velcro-dog”) companionship that Dalton gives. He is so full of love, affection, and gratitude that no other dog would offer unless they were abandoned at a shelter. There’s just something about a rescue dog like Dalton. It’s like they know how lucky they are.

Which comes to my point—adopt, don’t shop. Truly. I know, we hear that phrase so much now it has become a cliche. But there are an unimaginable amount of “unadoptable” dogs in shelters being put down every day. These dogs just begging to give the largest amount of love you could ever imagine receiving. If you don’t feel comfortable seeing the despair in a dog’s eyes at the shelter, adopt from a local rescue to make room for one more. Whatever you do though, find your Dalton.

In order to continue pulling animals like Dalton from shelters, Noah’s Ark Society depends on donations and contributions through programs like Amazon Smile. With this program, a percentage of your order automatically gets donated to Noah’s Ark Society at no additional cost to you. Make to place your Amazon orders through smile.amazon.com/ch/27-2765562 this holiday season.


[Sophie Hall]

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HANDSOME Purebred German Shepherd looking for his forever home.

See our ADOPTABLES page for more information!

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Shop at Kendra Scott between 2:00 and 4:00pm and a portion of your purchase will go to Noah’s Ark Society to help save animals! We’ll also be celebrating Halloween with our rescue animals so come see them all dressed up! Feel free to bring everyone in the family for some shopping and fun!

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Wednesday, October 11th, 6-7:30 pm

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Dottie doesn’t believe in personal space. She believes in being where you are because she has FOMO. Just one reason she is the perfect pup! Now she just needs to find her perfect human!

Apply at noahsarksociety.org/adopt/dogs/dog-adoption-application if you are interested in adopting a love bug!!

Dottie. Apply at noahsarksociety.org/adopt/dogs/dog-adoption-application if you are interested in adopting a love bug!!

Posted by Noah's Ark Society on Thursday, September 21, 2017

Dottie. Apply at noahsarksociety.org/adopt/dogs/dog-adoption-application if you are interested in adopting a love bug!!

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