Happy Tail: A perfect match is worth waiting for

Here’s a Happy Tail from Caroline in Deerfield Beach, Fla.:

I bought a pet-friendly condo and started looking on
Petfinder for the perfect dog to adopt — even though my move-in date was a year

I wanted an adult medium-to-large mixed breed and saw a picture of
a beautiful Shepherd mix named Ellie. She was found abandoned at just
five weeks old.

Her ear was mutilated and her foot was barely attached and
needed to be amputated. When I discovered her on Petfinder, she was
already about a year old and still waiting for a forever home. She was being
fostered by Gulfstream Guardian Angels Rottweiler Rescue in Miami.

Her story touched my heart. I was very interested in adopting her but I knew
it would be months before I could give her a home. As fate would have
it, she was waiting for me. Months later, she had not yet been adopted,
and when I met her, I instantly fell in love with her sweetness and zest!

couldn’t wait to bring her home when I moved later that month. In fact, I
adopted her the very day I moved into my condo. I renamed her Viva — to
celebrate her life. She runs like she is not missing a foot and is the
most loving dog. She even gets along with my adopted 2 lb. rabbit! We
have been a happy family since June.