When Laura Amante’s older Chihuahua passed away, she knew she wanted another dog, partly because her remaining one, Maggie, was so lonely without her buddy. The Shelton, CT, woman knew just where to begin her search: Petfinder, the online database of homeless pets, listing more than 330,000 pets at more than 13,500 shelters. Fortunately it ranks them in proximity to a person’s Zip code, so the search was easy.
Laura’s intention when she logged onto Petfinder was to find a medium to large dog that liked to play ball.
When she saw a Chihuahua named Apple, her plans for a medium or large dog flew out the window.
“She was so cute and the perfect size for us,” Laura says. Though Westport Animal Control in Westport, CT, had listed the pooch on the site, she was being fostered in a private home, and Laura called the foster mom.
The foster mom did a rigorous check, calling references, to make sure the Amantes would be a good placement for Apple, and meanwhile, through her, Laura learned about Apple’s background.
The little dog had been running loose on the streets of New York City
when rescued. She had been pregnant many times and her teeth were in bad
shape. She had other medical conditions and had probably been a puppy
Once the Amantes met Apple, they knew she was the dog for them.
She got along with Maggie, their other dog, and she and their cat were
compatible as well.
“She sleeps under my covers at night and is always making the family
laugh. She is not the type to go outside and play ball,” Laura concedes,
but the little pooch — now named Tina — more than makes up for it with the
cuddling and kisses she gives.