NATIONAL PET WEEK STORY: Heather and Harrison

Always the first full week in May, National Pet Week® is dedicated to celebrating the more than 200 million pets that enrich our lives each and every day.  Throughout the course of the year, GTHS features our adopted pets.  This week, we polled our staff at the Shelter to provide stories about how their very own GTHS adopted pet enriches their lives 🙂

Heather and Harrison

I started working as Assistant Manager of GTHS last June.  In a place like this it’s pretty easy to get attached to the animals and want to take them all home with you.  I was, in fact, keeping an open mind about adopting a dog if the right one came along, after losing one of our dogs a few months earlier.  But I wasn’t in a hurry; I would know when it was the right one.

Well in July we received at the shelter three Shepherd/Lab mix puppies from ARF (Animal Rescue Foundation) about 4 months old.  I was so busy working with the cats and getting a handle on all aspects of my new job, that day after day I somehow didn’t find the time to “go take a peek at the puppies”.

Then one Thursday on my way out the door at the end of the day, I saw three big pups being brought back from a walk with volunteers, and I stopped in my tracks: these must be the puppies!  The one with floppy ears, who was so laid back and easy-going, caught my attention and I dropped to my knees to give him a big hug.  This was the one!

Harrison, as we now call him, is the most wonderful addition to our family, getting along so well with our kids as well as our other dog and our two cats.

I feel so lucky to have this boy in our lives.  Thank you ARF and GTHS for bringing him safely to us!

~ Heather, Assistant Shelter Manager

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Harrison with his family

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