My name is Zoe, and I live with my family in Matthews, NC. My husband, Kevin, and I have two children, Emily (16) and Ryan (17 months), and two cats, Pooks and Gabby. We started looking at rescue dogs a few months after losing our beloved Westie, Bubba, and one morning I came across MJ’s picture. I absolutely fell in love, he was a white ball of fluff with his little tongue hanging out. His family had to move and couldn’t take him with them, so he had been turned over to Old Fella rescue. I immediately emailed, worried that there would be some restriction that wouldn’t allow us to adopt him.
Happily there was not, and we began the adoption process, only to then find out that there were 7 other applicants who were interested in him too! While I wish that every animal in rescue had so many people interested, it was an anxious week while we waited to hear the news. Fortunately for us, we were the lucky new family for MJ! My daughter and I drove down to Burke County on the most cold, rainy and miserable day ever in October to pick him up from his foster home. Fortunately for MJ, he was staying with Old Fella volunteer Jodi and her wonderful family, and he had kids and other pets to play with.
As Jodi had told us, MJ is everybody’s best friend, and that sums him up perfectly. He ran in to greet us, and while I was worried he’d be anxious when we left, he fell asleep in the back seat and slept the whole way back to North Carolina (including a half hour detour in Augusta when my GPS failed me on a new highway interchange). When we got home, my husband was waiting and brought our toddler, Ryan, out to meet his new friend. They had so much fun running around the yard, there couldn’t be a better dog with children.