When we get puppies in they fly out of as if they had magic superpowers. Well, they kind of do. They’re puppies.
 
Smaller dogs under twenty or thirty pounds find homes pretty quickly. Then certain breeds like Beagles or Huskies, or Cattle Dogs are always a hit.
 
But then we have some dogs who don’t have that wow factor. Maybe they don’t photograph well or they are underweight, or they are shy or have never been around people. Their lives matter just as much as the dogs and puppies we know will be adopted quickly.
 
My dog was one of those dogs. He was ten pounds underweight of some indiscriminate breed, brown in color but not a flashy brown. In other words, he was just one of the hundreds of rescued dogs who happened to make the trip to Oshkosh.
 
My husband chose the flashier dogs, the larger dogs, the dogs that would be more easily adopted. This was going to be my dog, not his. This was my emotional support dog so there needed to be a connection with me. After a few questions, Jim said he had just the dog.
 
In came this little scrawny guy and he just sat. And sat. He stared only at me. It’s like I was a piece of bacon he stared so intently. Nothing was going to get him to move until I reached out. He leaned in and I touched his fur that was so much softer than I had thought it would be. And that was that.
 
Three weeks and no one came to meet him. A volunteer falls in love with him, but no one else.
 
I can’t imagine my life without Coconut. I’m sure he can’t imagine his life without me. It would have been easy to get the type of dog everyone wanted. But this dog was mine and somehow Jim knew it.
 
But then we have some dogs who don’t have that wow factor. Maybe they don’t photograph well or they are underweight, or they are shy or have never been around people. Their lives matter just as much as the dogs and puppies we know will be adopted quickly.