The day Conner entered our lives, as my husband would say, was completely unexpected; however, looking back, I think, deep down, I knew I was going to find a dog that day. I went to the Humane Society to "volunteer" but never really got around to it once I asked to see the dogs available for adoption. Meeting Conner for the first time brought tears to my eyes, and I knew I was hooked. We spent time playing in the fenced in area behind the shelter for almost 2 hours! I hated leaving him and felt like I was leaving a part of myself behind. It was a bond unlike anything I had experienced before. Later that day, I brought my husband back to meet him. After much persuasion, my husband agreed that we could bring him home.
Now, it's as if Conner was always a member of our family. He truly completes us! His unconditional love, playfulness, and generalized excitement just to be alive to enjoy the day have forced us to live in the moment along with him. We now run or walk every day, and we all truly enjoy every moment we all have together. Conner's temperament was a perfect match for us, and he is great around our nieces and nephew and all other children. He's even converted my parents into dog lovers because he is so well-behaved and lovable.
Probably the best aspect of Conner's personality is his desire to be a companion. I call him my barometer because he seems to be able to tell if we've had a stressful day at work, are upset or sick, or just need to relax or go for a walk, he reflects that energy right back at us. He forces us to live in the now and just enjoy each others' company. Whether sitting in the family room watching TV or working in the yard, Conner always wants to be right where you are. In fact, he often will place himself right in your lap or sit so his bottom or side is right up against you. Then he looks at you with his gorgeous puppy-dog eyes as if he's saying, "And you're not petting me because?" You can't help but pet him, hug him, and love him. He's made our house a home, and to say he's brought joy to our lives would be a drastic understatement.
We all want to take a chance to thank the Humane Society of Central Illinois for being Conner's temporary home until we found each other. Stephanie was a tremendous help to us and answered so many questions and taught us so much. We try to stop in to say hi whenever we can because, without the Humane Society, who knows where we would all be.
|Name of Pets:||Conner|
|Type of Pets:||Dog|
|Gender of Pets:||Male|
|Age of Pets at Adoption:||17 months|
|Month / Year Adopted:||May 2010|
|Name of Pets at HSCI:||Conner|