Happy Tail: Dog vs. puppy? One adopter finds out love is ageless

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Read Oscar’s Happy Tail in his adoptive mom’s own words.

“Don’t buy a dog when you can adopt one from the shelter,” Amanda Burke told her mother, who was tempted by Dachshund puppies for sale at a flea market. Amanda’s mom was ready to bring a new pet into the family after losing her dog a month earlier.

Amanda decided to see what was available on Petfinder, so she went online, typed in Dachshund and up came Troy — a Dachshund/Basset Hound mix — at the Abingdon, VA, department of animal control’s C.C. Porter Animal Shelter.

“I took the grandkids by to meet him since my mom had work that day,” Amanda says, “and they fell in love with him.” The next day, they took Mom to the shelter to meet Troy. She was quite taken with him, but a puppy had recently been brought into the facility as well, so she was torn: the cute little puppy or Troy, an adult dog.

For Amanda, the choice was clear. She
knew puppies get adopted quickly, but Troy might never find a home. Even a 1-year-old dog stands less chance of being adopted. Her mom adopted Troy.


“It was a great decision,” Amanda says. “He is the sweetest
dog, loves the grandkids, and has already stolen Mom’s heart. She
changed his name to Oscar Meyer, but we call him Oscar.” Oscar has
found his forever home.

An added benefit to adopting an adult dog: Oscar was already house-trained. Anyone who has had a puppy knows that’s a bonus!

Of course, for Oscar, the real bonus is a forever home.

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After her Pit Bull is killed, fate sends a new best friend

They almost sent him back, but patience — and training — paid off

A lonely cat is reunited with her foster home soul-mate

A rescued pit bull helps a daughter through a time of loss

A Pekingese poster child for senior-pet adoption

Two dogs – one with mange, one abused – come home

Saving a starved and scarred Pit Bull

An abandoned cat comes in from the cold

A puppy-mill Chihuahua learns to live outside a cage

Sacrificing to save an abused, overlooked pit bull

A sick, abandoned puppy’s incredible before & after pics

Someone sees beauty under the scars

A ‘wild’ Chinese Crested puppy comes home

A dad with Alzheimer’s gets a ‘miracle dog’

The rock-star cat who looks like a polar bear

A senior Dalmatian loses weight, gains new life

Lovebirds go from hoarder to happy home

A former bait dog finds safety and love

A perfect match is worth waiting for

A deformed kitten gets a happy ending

The victim of a cruel prank finds happiness

A rescued Border Collie mends a broken heart

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