If there is anything I remember from my childhood vividly, it would be all of the animals my parents had at the house. In the house that I grew up in, we had around 7 dogs (not all at once) since I was born and almost all of them were rescue dogs.

My parents have always been dog lovers and I must have inherited that gene 10 fold. So when I decided that I wanted a puppy of my own, I felt that my best and only option was to go to my local animal shelter and rescue one of the many fur babies they were sheltering. This is, as you know, when I rescued my little Lilly Grace.

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The neatest thing about the whole process is that we grew up together in a way. I found myself again through Lilly and she found out what it was like to be loved instead of given up and unwanted. Many dog breeds can cost as much as $2500 or more. However, Lilly's love is priceless and infinite.


Lilly sleeps with me every night, under the covers, right by my side. When I return home from work, she would do back flips if she could. I'm sure many of you are wondering, 'Well what is so special about rescue dogs that isn't special about any other dog?' My answer to you is simple, nothing. There is no difference. However, I know that I personally had a spot in my heart filled not just because of Lilly, but because I knew that she didn't have a choice. If she wasn't adopted or rescued, she would be put to sleep.

Now, if I may, I would like to ask a favor of you. If you are looking for that perfect pup for your home and family, please take a trip to your local animal shelter. These beautiful creatures want love and affection just as much as you do and would love to become a part of your family. Also, spread the word. Tell your friends, neighbors, or even your co-workers.

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If you currently have a rescue dog, I thank you and I know your fur baby does as well. In my opinion, a dog is just like a human. They feel what we feel. And they will love you in a way that you didn't think possible.