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She became part of our family, adding sweetness to our apartment that only an animal lover can appreciate. We changed her name to Cookie. A dog in need of a home was now ours. We knew we made the right decision by going to an adoption site. Saving Grace Animals for Adoption is one of many organizations in the state of North Carolina and across the United States. These organizations help to find homes for animals that are brought in as strays, found at animal shelters, or rescued from puppy mills. Many of the animals have suffered much heartache in their young lives. It is many people’s opinion that they need a dog raised by a breeder because a dog that is taken from a shelter or a rescue organization is not safe, healthy, or will not show the love they expect. I can tell everyone that when we look at Cookie, we know that we made a choice that is making us happy and her as well. Cookie is now with people that love her in a permanent “forever” home. Puppy mill owners keep dogs in cages for the sole purpose of breeding. They are often mistreated, live in unsanitary conditions, and live a life that is sad in anyone’s eyes. If you know of a puppy mill in operation, witness a dog or cat being abused, or see an animal that is malnourished or appears to be a stray, contact a shelter or adoptions site and send the animal on the road to a better life.

Saving Grace Animals for Adoption is a non-profit organization whose sole purpose is to find permanent loving homes for dogs in need. Volunteers give the support that is needed to care for and find homes for so many dogs. The volunteers do it out of love, because animals touch their hearts so deeply. As I walked around Saving Grace, I could see the love of those volunteers. Every one of those dogs on the grounds that day were loving and could give some family smiles and love that would last them a lifetime.

Cookie has changed our lives for the better. Every time we look at her, we smile, knowing she will have the love that she deserves for the rest of her life. Soon after Cookie was adopted by us, she had a seizure. That seizure was followed by more in the next couple of months, which we closely monitored. It is heartbreaking to see a dog have a seizure. Her body gets rigid, her eyes may roll back, and her legs may thrash uncontrollably. She may appear to be gasping for air, may froth at the mouth, and she

possibly may poop or pee because has no control. When these seizures occur, I pet her and keep rubbing my hands over her to keep her calm. I talk to her in a quiet voice and keep telling her that it is going to be alright. I protect her from harm. When Cookie comes out of a seizure, she may appear wobbly for a couple of minutes. Then, she is back to running around and playing like nothing had ever happened. Cookie and I were put together for a reason. She is now on medication to help her seizures. Cookie has had only one minor seizure in the past month and a half. Would I ever get rid of Cookie because of the seizures? That is easy to answer. Without a doubt, I would never get rid of her. I will continue to show her the love that she shows me. Cookie had been brought to Saving Grace as a stray. Had she been abandoned? Had she been abused? By her actions when we first got her, I’m sure she was. Can you imagine her having a seizure living on her own with no one around? It is a sad thought. Were the previous owners afraid of the seizures? Did they think Cookie was unsafe? Did they abuse her because of them? I can’t answer those questions, but I can honestly say she will have a home for the rest of her life. When your family desires to get a cat or dog, look at the ones that are in shelters and animal adoption organizations first. Many of those will show you love that you couldn’t imagine. Give them a permanent home. They deserve to be happy, to be loved, and live a good life. Our USA Magazine 67

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