I have had many animals growing up in a townhouse - birds, cats, ducks, chickens, rabbits, mice, rats, and who knows what else, but we were never allowed to have a dog. So, of course the first animal I wanted when my husband and I moved into our house, was a big dog.
But, for a number of reasons, we decided against it. So, I began volunteering at Humane Society of Central Illinois. After a couple of months, my husband came in with me, "just for a second." Having no clue about this new puppy...a three month old black lab/hound, "Rascal" won our hearts.
What stuck out about him was a tail almost twice as long as his legs and an impressive personality. A quick learner, a puppy that loved playing with other dogs, and no desire to bark. It was decided in five minutes, that was the dog for us.
A number of things have changed in the past two months. When I picked him up from HSCI, he was so scared to ride in the car. Now, car rides are his favorite thing! He knows his commands. He no longer weighs 22 pounds...at five months he's about 42 with plenty of room to grow! And, he has a new name - Sirius Black, or "Siri" to his friends.
Siri is amazing and continues to love everyone/dog he meets. One of the best qualities is that he knows how to work with people, young and old. Today for example, he sat down next to an elderly man in a wheel chair, let the man pet him, and then licked his fingers ever so gently to show appreciation. Perhaps when he is older he will be able to volunteer at retirement communities. But, for now it's back to the training board.
|Name of Pet:||Sirius Black|
|Type of Pet:||Dog|
|Gender of Pet:||Male|
|Age of Pet at Adoption:||5 months|
|Month / Year Adopted:||April 2004|
|Name of Pet at HSCI:||Rascal|
Siri's adoption is like many dog adoptions at HSCI --- quick. In less than 2 weeks he entered our Pet Adoption Center, saw our vet, had spay/neuter surgery, was placed on view, and adopted to a family.