Happy Tails

“Be the person your dog thinks you are.” – J.W. Stephens

Completely genuine.
Always happy to see you.
Doesn’t care if you’re popular or the biggest nerd at school.
Thinks you’re perfect, no matter how you look.
Loves unconditionally.
Helps you see the best in yourself and inspire you to BE your best self.

I could go on and on about why pets are amazing, but any pet-owner out there knows I’m preaching to the choir. I’m a happier person with my dogs in my life … they make my house more of a home, their warmth not just coming from their furry bodies, but from the unconditional love they have in their hearts.

Please comment and share your own happy adoption tails … love makes the world around us a whole lot brighter. ❤☀


My husband, Gabe, and I had barely been married a month back in July of 2007, living in our one-bedroom apartment up at Purdue the summer after I finished my degree and while Gabe was still a student, when we decided to look for a dog. I’d had in mind I wanted a dog like the one I’d had as a kid, a Great Pyrenees/Golden Retriever mix, but I wasn’t having any luck finding one online, so my husband suggested we just pop in at a local rescue across the river in Lafayette. Back then it was known as Tricia’s Pet Savers, and when we first walked through the door and saw Georgia, we knew we had to bring her home. She wasn’t at all what I thought I’d wanted, a seven month-old Basset Hound/Sheltie mix, but it turns out she was exactly what I needed. She had been brought by to the shelter in a plastic bag, the person dumping her saying that if the rescue wouldn’t take her he would just kill her. I’m thankful to this day that the rescue took in our girl because the moment she saw Gabe, she jumped into his lap and that was all there was to it. She was spayed that day, we picked her up the following morning and she’s been with us ever since. Our girl is now 12 and has been all over the country with us during our time in the Navy, also being present when we brought all three of our children home from the hospital. We love you, Georgia girl! ❤


It took me longer than I expected after losing Rufus for my heart to truly be ready to adopt another dog, but in January 2017, about 10 months after saying goodbye to one dog soulmate, I met another one. I had seen Gus (known as Grizzly at the shelter) on Petfinder and saw he was at the Marion Animal Care and Control facility, so I called and asked about him before making the trip. The story I was told was that he had been wandering a nearby neighborhood over Christmas and residents who saw him assumed he’d gotten out while his family was out of town, so they fed him and gave him water and he continued living on the streets. When it seemed apparent no one was looking for him, animal control was called and he was taken to the shelter. I will always believe God led me to the shelter at the exact day and time I needed to be there because he won me over instantly with his big brown eyes and gentle nature. My kids immediately loved him and he was good with Georgia … you could tell he just wanted to love and be loved. He’s my shadow, my snuggle buddy (he doesn’t mind if he’s big spoon or little spoon) and he’s so patient and loving with my three kids. He has a special bond with my youngest, probably because I got pregnant shortly after adopting Gus, and Gus would rest his head against my belly. We have no idea how old Gus is, maybe anywhere from five to seven now, but we’re beyond blessed he’s part of our family. ❤

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One of the toughest parts about doing this blog is seeing all of the amazing animals that need forever homes and not being able to save every single one! While posting for a Wild Wednesday back in 2019 I saw this incredibly adorable Lionhead Lop available through the Indiana House Rabbit Society and thought she might make a good bunwife for our sweet Ernie. He’d never been a husbun, but I figured with his sweet personality he would have a great chance of bonding! Unfortunately, Elsie was adopted to someone else and I moved on, but I never quite forgot her. Fast forward to December of 2019 and I saw she was back at IHRS … turns out she was abused and/or neglected by her new owners and she needed some TLC before being able to be adopted again. I brought in Ernie to IHRS in January of 2020 and it was love at first sight for Ernie and Elsie and we adopted her! We had some challenging behavioral issues with her for awhile, but she’s a very happy and content bun, even with the loss of her husbun in 2021. She’s such a sweet fluffball and we’re blessed to be her forever home! ❤