Owner of Ginny:
In 2008 I was doing some volunteer work in a kennel that doubled as a small run shelter. One morning, the woman who owned the place drove in with a dog who had been left tied up to a fence by a busy main road. The dog turned out to be Ginny.
She was underweight, her tail had been docked badly, her fur was knotted, the skin on her back paws were raw due to severe allergies that hadn't been treated, and she was covered in fleas. After several vet visits, I decided to take her home because I couldn't bare to think of her spending any more time away from a loving home she deserved. It was months until she came home before she was 100% healthy, but in the middle of 2009 she was a healthy weight, trusting people and happy to know she had a safe forever home.
Now, Ginny is our little cheeky monkey! Her personality is just pure rascal. She loves to play fetch, she loves to dig, she loves to cover me in muddy paws and she absolutely loves to be hugged. I’ll never forget the first time Ginny saw her own reflection. I wish I had caught that on film at the time. It was a few years ago and she saw herself in the TV and went crazy! She was jumping up and down trying so hard to get the "other dog" she saw in the TV to play. After 10 minutes or so she just gave up and fell asleep in front of the TV. But to this day Ginny still loves seeing her own reflection.
If you are ready to welcome a dog (or any pet) into your home, ADOPT ALL THE WAY! I guarantee you it will be the best choice you make. Adopted pets are so full of love, and seem to be so thankful to have a chance in a home. Adopting Ginny was without a doubt the best thing I've done so far.
When you adopt a pet, you really do adopt a best friend.