Two years ago today, we officially adopted the Tuna! Oh, what a good boy he has been. I couldn't ask for anything more in a dog. From his first day with us, it was as though he had always been there. It's like we were meant to be his people and he was meant to be our puppy dog.
For those of you who don't know his adoption story, I'll tell it again. We knew that when we moved into our house, we would be adopting a second dog. My good friend Andrea, who was working for Stray Rescue of St. Louis at the time, first saw Neptune at the shelter and she just couldn't pass him up as a foster. He was so pathetic in his apartment, she just knew she had to bring him home. He was found in a very bad area of town, skinny as can be and with a big abscess in his neck that was later drained. Here are pictures of Neptune as he was being rescued.
When Andrea brought him home and he met her dogs, he pancaked. He was covered in scars; who knows what he had seen and been through. Andrea told me about him and how she thought he might be a good match for us and how his personality made her think he might get along with the birds. We decided to meet him one day at Fores Park to see how he and Levi got along. Here are some pictures from that meeting. He's so skinny!
So on December 4th, Andrea dropped him off with us, his forever home.
And he's been a dream ever since. Even though he is one goofy and funny dog, there's something about his face that makes him look really sad and pathetic all the time.
But there are those times his inner light shines through. Watching him roll in the grass on a walk never fails to make me smile.
Neptune is our outgoing dog. While Levi is aloof and really not that into people, Neptune loves everyone. If we are out walking and he sees someone going in their front door, he stops to see what they are doing. He wants to meet everyone and greets visitors to our house with full-on body wiggles. He gives (stinky) kisses. Actually, pretty much everything about him is stinky because he is a farter/burper/snorter/snorer. Even his gross bodily functions add to his charm. He is a total couch potato and we joke that he would rather stay at home and cuddle rather than go on walks and have to do physical exercise. Yup, this dog is a cuddler.
And this dog is a total dream with Elsa. He loves her. He greets her with kisses, is very gentle with her (even though he can be a bit mouthy with us), and has been patient with her as she learns the meaning of the word "gentle."
So, happy gotcha day to my sweet, sweet boy! I am so lucky that we all found each other and look forward to many more gotcha days!