Reason #1 to Adopt a Shelter Dog: Superhero Status

If you’ve been following our series promoting shelter dog adoption, this is the moment you’ve been waiting for. What is the number one reason to adopt instead of shop for your next dog? It’s your one chance in life to be a Superhero!

If you don’t believe me, you should come hang with me and my dog Hope. She thinks I’m the best thing since squeeze cheese. In fact, I’m pretty sure she sees me as one giant piece of string cheese with legs.

Truly, adopting a shelter dog is your one chance to save a life. Without risking your own. Without breaking the bank. Without giving up everything. You may go viral, but you also may not. Regardless, you retain superhero status as long as you both shall live.

Adoption is kind of like marriage, but better. Sorry to my hubs. With a dog, you gain a partner in crime who refers to you as boss. A constant companion who doesn’t mind if you always lead. A loyal furriend who will never tell anyone about the box of Girl Scout cookies you “snack” on every night. Or that you fart in your sleep.

Your adopted dog would solemnly swear to tell you exactly what you want to hear. That is, of course, if he could talk. But since he can’t use human words, he uses dog antics to tell you you’re a star.

The face she makes when she’s sitting at the side of the bed waiting eagerly for me to rise in the morning. The kisses I get during our morning chat on the back porch. The way she dances every time I walk through the front door. My dog constantly reminds me that I’m her hero.

So what’s the difference between a shelter dog and every other kind of dog? A shelter dog knows she’s been saved. She remembers how bad it once got, and is satisfied with the little things in life: stability, a sense of security and noms. A shelter dog’s love is like no other. It inspires, heals and transforms.

And whether or not you wanted to, adopting a shelter dog turns you into a real life superhero.

Former foster & shelter dog, Maggie

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