With his signature bat ears and love of the great outdoors, Todd is easily one of our favorite rescues. At only nine months old, Todd was transferred from a California shelter to the Seattle Humane Society, a no-kill shelter in Washington, where he met the love of his life, June. Since his adoption, this dream team loves taking early morning hikes through the woods to their favorite mountain views and snuggling up on the couch to catch up on their favorite tv shows. We love successful adoption tales and hope June and Todd‘s story will inspire you to #consideradoptionfirst.
What is Todd’s personality like?
Todd is the perfect combination of sweet (like he will seriously melt your heart), hilarious and bratty. The first time I met him was in the cage at the shelter. I squatted down to say hi and he immediately went in for a kiss then proceeded to roll over for a belly rub. He absolutely adores all people, though he can be selective in what dogs he likes to keep company with as he is a very dominant dog personality wise.
What is your favorite part about Todd?
My favorite part about Todd is just how much life and love he has. I have no idea what the first 9 months of his life were-did he have a family, was he well taken care of, how long was he a stray, did he get into dog fights, did he go days without eating, etc. And yet I brought him home and he’s only shown unconditional love to me. He’s always happy (unless we have to go on a car ride-he hates those), is always twirling around in circles and wagging his little butt. Coming home to him or hanging out with him is really the best part of my day. He makes me feel so loved and so important.
What are your goals for Todd?
I would love to get Todd certified as a Canine Good Citizen. Otherwise, my only true main goal with Todd is to know he is well travelled and has made very good friends, both human and dogs. I want to feel like he is living the best life he could possibly have because he deserves it.
What joys have you experienced from choosing to adopt?
There are many perks to adopting vs shopping. The main two I swear by are this: (1) You save a life. I think a lot of people overlook the fact that you really do save a life. There are thousands of perfectly good companions that are euthanized every year for no reason other than they ran out of time, or the shelter ran out of space. By adopting, you help one of those dogs escape that sad reality. (2) Shelter dogs are actually a steal, financially. I spent $275 on Todd and he was 9 months old, neutered, vaccinated and microchipped. The shelter also gave us a certificate for a training class and a certificate for a complimentary first vet visit. Most purebred dogs are a minimum of $1000 and you don’t get the spay/neuter, microchipping and certificates for a class and a vet exam.
Do you have any advice for others considering adoption?
Please do it. I promise there is a buddy out there for you. It can be trying, exhausting and disheartening when it comes to the effort and time it takes to find the right dog for you, but I can guarantee it will be worth it. Please do not give in to buying a “breed” that you researched and say is a good fit for you. It both breaks my heart and angers me when people say, ____ breed is so smart. Or ____ breed is the best for a hiking partner. Or ____ breed is very loyal. There are dogs of all ages and sizes sitting behind bars in shelters waiting for the love of a human. My mutt dog that was found as a stray is extremely smart, an amazing hiking buddy and loves me to pieces. You don’t need a purebred dog to have a good dog. You don’t need to put a deposit down and be on a waiting list to have a good dog. You don’t need to get a dog as a “puppy” to have a good dog. You don’t need to pick a dog based on colors to have a good dog. Dogs’ personalities can change after a year old. By adopting an older dog, you can see who they really are.
I did a series of tests on the dogs I wanted to adopt to see their reactions and know what I’d be getting into. For example: How they do with other dogs? How they do with their mouth being touched or their tail grabbed? How are they if you hand them treats? How are they if you take away food? Are they interested in you if you call them or are they paying attention to something else?
What do you wish you knew then that you know now?
I wish I had trusted that “everything happens for a reason” at the time every dog fell through. Every disappointment and heartbreak I endured during my search for a dog led to me Todd. I couldn’t imagine my life without him.
Follow June and Todd’s adventures on Instagram at @june_and_todd!