A Coton De Tulear is not a common breed to find on Petfinder. At any given time there may be fewer than 20 posted on the site, so Lauren Wallace and her husband, Jason, were delighted to spot one listed by K9 Rescue & Rehab in St. Louis, MO. The dog had been rescued from a hoarder.
After filling out an application, having a phone interview and receiving a positive reference from their vet, they were approved to adopt. They made the trip from their home in McEwen, TN, to meet Louie in person, the ultimate test. Would it be a match?
They fell for him immediately and finalized the adoption. What they didn’t expect , but soon found out, was how frightened he was of about everything. His time with a hoarder had kept him from developing socialization skills.
Lauren took him to puppy classes, and it was there that she discovered something that didn’t frighten him: other dogs. After all, in his previous life, he’d been surrounded by them. That realization led the couple to begin looking for a four-legged playmate for Louie.
Meanwhile, a Mini-Schnauzer had wandered up to one of Barktown Rescue’s foster homes in Bardstown, KY. For two weeks they searched for his family, to no avail, so he was vetted and listed on Petfinder, where the Wallaces saw him. He sounded like a possible buddy for Louie, so once again they made application, were checked out by the shelter and off they went to meet him. What they found was a dog full of life and energy. “He makes us laugh daily,” Lauren says.
It was a good decision. “Louie seems grateful for a furry playmate,” says Lauren, and he is coming out of his shell. The Wallaces didn’t need a doctor to figure out the best medicine for their little Louie. He just needed a four-legged friend.