This section is dedicated to the stories of other amazing shelter dogs that have been given a “mulligan”! By continuing to share the power of adoption we can all encourage someone to consider! Have an adopted pet? We would love to see! Email us at LifeOfMulligan@gmail.com! OR share your picture & stories with us using #MulliganMovement!
Tucker Bradley (the white pup) was adopted from the Fayetteville Animal Shelter around October 2013. He was only 3 months old and we should have named him Dumbo…his ears were bigger than his little body. Then in February of 2015, Chuck Alexander (the tan pup) came into our lives from the Fayetteville Animal Shelter as well. We were told he was adopted and brought back twice for issues with children, but when we took him outside to play with him we immediately fell in love. After living with us for about a month and being showered with love, we tested the waters with a 10 year old…all he did was walk in a circle to sniff her and he started to kiss her and just wanted to play. It has been two and half months and Chuck and Tucker are the most perfect little pup bothers. They love taking naps together, play fighting over bones, and racing each other around the trees in the backyard.
-Raven & Kaitlyn, Arkansas!
Chance was sent to the shelter as soon as he was old enough to be away from his mom. He spent two months of his life there where I rescued him at about 3 months old. It was fate. I named him Chance because he got a second chance at life. I just so happened to be volunteering that day, the day Chance was supposed to die. There was two other litters in the shelter at the time that were going to be put down also, thankfully, the Humane society rescued all 12 of them but since Chance was a loner they couldn’t take him… I stayed until the shelter was closing in hope that someone would come save him! I lived in an apartment with my fiancé and I was getting a rescue dog already from Arkansas in a few weeks for my birthday.. but I couldn’t let him die. He had eyes that shot deep into my soul. So I took him! And told my fiancé I would find him a home. We both ended up falling in love with this sweet, crazy dog and ended up keeping him. It wasn’t easy, we even got our vet to change the breed to lab mix instead of bulldog mix because our apartment complex wouldn’t let us have him otherwise! We all live in a house now with a yard and go on many adventures. Chance’s FAVORITE thing to do is go swimming. He also loves to cuddle and give kisses. I have never met a dog that cuddles like he does! I don’t even want to think about what would have happened if I wasn’t there that day. Ever since then I speak out about how important it is to go to the shelter! People picture shelter dogs as mangy mutts but they are treasures!
I adopted Oakley during my sophomore year, when she was 6 weeks old from Rogers local shelter. Her name at the time was Lola. Her and her sister were in a litter of 8 from a puppy mill. The owners of the mother and father apparently were not aware that the mother, a golden retriever had puppies with a boxer, the father. To punish the mother and get rid of the pups, the owners poisoned the mother. Oakley and her sister were the only two pups who were malnourished and did not drink their mothers milk. Because of this they were the only two that survived. I wanted to adopt Oakley as well as her sister, but I did not have room for two. Luckily their story also touched another young ladies heart and Oakleys sister was adopted a few days after Oakley. Oakley and I have been together ever since!
-Kristen, Arkansas now living in Texas!
Some people take pet ownership lightly, and I am not one of those people. My husband and I took months to decide if we were going to join the pet club. I knew I wanted to rescue he wanted to go through a breeder. Ultimately I won.
We went to a rescue group’s adoption day, and when we walked up my eyes met with my fur son. He was sitting upright, chest out, ears up and eyes bright. His face looked like he was looking for someone, looking for the one person that saw in him what many passed over. He was strong, and stoic. I knew then he was mine. We bonded almost immediately.
The following week we met him at his foster mama’s house. The trip over I was a ball of nerves I didn’t know if he would remember me, and I was worried if he wouldn’t he get along with my husband equally as well as he did with me. He of course was a perfect gentlemen, he showed off appropriately squeaking his toy. He played his cards right because he laid next to my husband and promptly put his head on his lap. (Well played son well played) I got shot a look and I knew it was over he was ours
We still had to pass the home visit and but we committed to taking him that evening. The rest of the week I probably went to petsmart about every evening. I had to make sure we had everything. It didn’t hit me until the morning of his home coming what i committed to until I got a text from mom saying ” how does it feel to wake up and be a mommy” . The text was when I realized I was going to be responsible for another being. I was used to having only to worry about me and my husband but now I have something else to care for. Not quite sure its the same thing parents go through with newborns, but that day I felt like a new mom.
In the beginning ,it felt like we were just roommates, the kind were you pick up after each other and pass like ships in the night. Then one magjical day came the stars aligned and we became friends. i don’t exactly remember when the day was or what the circumstances were. But that one magical day was when i realized i depended on him and he depended on me. Ever since then I cannot imagine my life without my blue eyed boy. I can watch him do the most mundane task and it makes me happy. I feel as though i helped a nation even though it was just one dog. I saved him which allowed them to save one more, then one more after that.
I couldn’t imagine life without him. He is a good friend, he knows what I am thinking and follows me everywhere. I feel like we have a true friend connection with him. He is the best listener I know. He is the most spoiled boy, but I don’t care. As his friend I need to make up for lost time, and spoil the heck out of him.
I would encourage everyone to adopt a friend there are a lot of animals that need homes. My belief is every dog needs a warm bed, chew chew and love.
-Lily & her rescue O from Georgia!
Everyone meet Ms. Ember! Ember was adopted from the Little Rock Animal Village after being spotted with the shelter at Riverfest! Before she was at the shelter she was out on the streets fending for herself. Almost two years has passed since Ms. Ember was adopted and she now lives happily with her two other siblings in Little Rock! Look at that gorgeous fur family!
Meet Sadie & Harper, a dynamic duo! Sadie (the black dog) was rescued from the Fayetteville, Arkansas Animal Shelter after being found on the side of the road at only four months old. The family had just suffered an unexpected and tragic loss of their family dog just a month earlier from a tragic accident and felt they were missing something. The family needed a dog to make their family whole again, so they went to the local animal shelter where they found Ms. Sadie. Sadie was sitting quietly and scared to death in the back of her kennel. They knew she would be the puppy to bring their family happiness again. When Sadie came home she was the complete opposite of the puppy stereotype; never chewing anything up, going to the bathroom inside, she hardly even barked! She slept in the bed that first night and every night since! Harper (the Golden Retriever) came a few years later after she was rescued from a puppy mill where the people were arrested and prosecuted (THANK GOD!). These two are two peas in a pod and complete the family! They are the owners best friend, running partner, cuddle buddy and couch hogs! These two ladies are inseparable and can be found in uncontrollably cute moments (like the middle picture)!
It’s deemed rescues constitute the best dogs. With Annabelle being the first dog who is dependent upon her owner I concur with this paradigm. Mademoiselle Rohmer was a rescued on two different occasions. The aforementioned rest on the testimony of her initial rescue. Her emancipator noticed she wasn’t receiving proper care and took it upon themselves to liberate Mademoiselle from her abyssal owners. After weeks of searching for a household to keep and console Annabelle they had little option but to take her to the Sebastian Country Humane Society. Due to the false pretension that pit bulls are all deranged, rabid fighting animals finding a home for her was distressful. Like many rescues she was a victim of such unpalatable imprisonment.
All of this is pretext to a friend adopting Annabelle for me. Upon the release of her oppression and reign of tyranny from the pound she emerged in dreadful, ghastly form. Her ribs were exposed through her skin due to malnutrition and she was suffering from kennel cough. She looked like a starving hyena. From me she received the utmost care and appreciation. I’ve learned Pit bulls arguably make the best dogs. They are loving, loyal, obedient, gentle, and graceful companions. More than anything they are friendly. Today Miss Rohmer is healthy and happy. Her life consist of daily expeditions to the dog park, bi-annual baths, play dates, and she knows 11 commands in French.
The question to ask someone who rescued their animal is who saved who. Think about it…..”
-Scott Gabriel Eady, Arkansas.
“I adopted Lyric and Princess in 2014. They are both from Brother Wolf in Asheville, NC. Lyric (corgi blend) had a litter of puppies and was left at the shelter shortly after. I was searching for a hiking dog and companion when I found her. She is above and beyond any expectation I had. She lived with us for about 7 months when I decided she needed company to help soothe some separation anxiety. She is picky about her doggy friends. She doesn’t like eye contact or dominance from other dogs at all so I knew it would be tricky. Queue Princess (Boston Terrier/Jack Russell blend). Princess has no eyes…Princess is not dominate at all. She is a dream. She was left at the shelter after her untreated glaucoma got so bad her eyes were infected. The shelter raised money to have her eyes removed. She is an inspiration. There is not much she can’t do. She is 11 years old and is still a young pup at heart. My biggest blessings this year were found at the shelter. They bring more to my life than I could ever repay them for…..there aren’t enough dog cookies in this world.” -Alison, North Carolina! You can see more of these cuties on Instagram: @alilouhasazoo
-Alison, North Carolina
“Our family began the look for a dog after our dog of 18 years old died from old age. I was 11 at the time, and the death of our old puppy (Smartie) was really hard for me since I had had her my whole life. My parents were unsure of adopting and finding the perfect dog, but I knew we would find the perfect dog in time. I looked every day for 3 months at the four different dog shelters. I was looking at The Edmonton SPCA one morning before school and I saw the picture of Max and immediately fell in love with him. Even though he was 4 years and 9 months old I thought he would fit in our home perfectly, when we read the intro about Max they said he was not recommended to go to a home with children. So we called the shelter and told them we were still interested in him even though I was 11 and my brother was 14, the shelter worker we connected with told us that he was actually very good with children, the
worker said that he had played nicely with a family the other day. The worker said that the shelter was concerned about him with children because they thought he was abused and was not a trustworthy dog. The worker also said that she believed he was the perfect fit for our family. So the next day my parents drove 3 hours to adopt Max, my brother and I stayed home. My parents arrived home 8 hours later, and Max was so gentle with us. Max and I quickly became best friends, I am now 15 and Max is 8. He is the best and most gentle family dog anyone could ask for. He loves going hiking and being with our family. Our story is to show that age does not matter when adopting a dog and that sometimes people think the worst about an abused dog. Since we adopted Max we have also adopted a cat, and another dog we took in after we had a flood and her owner could no longer take care of her.” -Danelle, Canada! You can see more of these awesome shots on Instagram: @Max_Monkey_Bolt
“For months and months I suffered from depression and I never wanted to even leave my bed. My parents began to notice and figured the best way to fix the issue was to get me a puppy. I’ve always loved animals. All animals but dogs have always had a special place in my heart. She told me this and I got very excited. I immediately started searching for the best dog breed for me. My concern was there wouldn’t be one right for me. I searched and I searched but there would always be something holding me back from that dog. Finally, I decided.. why would I buy a puppy when I can save one! Thankfully my aunt works with dog rescues and gave me a list of nearby places to meet the puppies. I went to 3 places. The first place only had one litter and I didn’t feel they were right. The second place had a bunch of puppies but none of them seemed to be right for me. We went to one final place and the moment I saw him I knew he was my puppy. I snatched him right up and told my mom he was the one. We told the rescue and 3 days later we came to pick him up. Ever since then I’ve obedience trained him, practiced in a little agility, and taken him everywhere I went. He turns 9 months old soon and I think this has been the most rewarding time in my life. He’s made me a happier person, more active, and a more socializing person. I love every second I spend with him and I wouldn’t change any of this for the world”
– Anna, Tennessee (You can see more cute pictures of Kovu on Instagram: @Kovu.the.dog)
“Niyla is the tan & black dog. She spent a full year in a shelter before I brought her home. She was scared and didn’t like car rides or new people. And now she very comfortable with new people and loves to play with her siblings. Also she is fairly certain the couches were bought for her benefit. The all black dog is Duke, her brother. He is also a rescue.Rescues make the best dogs!”
-Drew from Arkansas