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Canine Companion Shelter Dog

I love pets and animals, most notably dogs. Yes, you can clump me in with the clan of dog lovers. That said, let me introduce my canine companion shelter dog with a shout out of "V is for Valentino!"

My dog Valentino and I found each other at my local animal shelter, at a time when we needed each other most. I was mourning the loss of my dog Tidbit, my canine companion of fourteen years. Valentino was battling testing positive for heart worms. Added to his medical issue, Valentino was suffering from having been (seemingly) abandoned by his owner.

While brokenhearted souls at that time, Valentino and I no longer suffer the disease of loneliness which might have led us to lose our will to live. We are survivors, this dog and I. Together we shall thrive.

Valentino has lived in my heart and home for two months now. Previous to that he spent eight months in the animal shelter. The couple of years before that, who knows? Nor do I care. Whoever gave up or left this dog alone, sick, and bewildered matters not in the grand scheme of our life things.

The director of the shelter informed me that my shelter dog Valentino is Redtick Coonhound, that he quite possibly may be a mix or a mutt, maybe not. Whatever his bloodline, I love my marvelous mongrel dog!

Eager to please the mistress of his forever home, Valentino willingly submits to dog training. It took him no time at all to reign victorious in learning to sit and to stay via nonverbal command until I release him with a verbal, "Good boy. Go!"


This article by is the first of many more to come to satisfy the Persona Paper issued by fellow writer Dawnwriter , this being for the category.

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Kat- wrote on January 4, 2015, 6:53 PM

I'm glad you found Valentino at your time of need and I'm sure he's happy about that too. It doesn't look like he's too thrilled with you taking his picture, looks like he'd rather have you go over there and rub his belly!

RuthCox wrote on January 4, 2015, 7:11 PM

&Kat We are both delighted to have found each other, indeed. In this photo, I am standing with the front door wide open with Valentino leashed up and ready to go for a walk. He knows as long as that V sign is in front of him he can not go, and yes, he is impatient, ha!

LadyDuck wrote on January 5, 2015, 5:16 AM

Valentino looks so sweet, I am so glad you rescued him. I have an animal lover and I cannot understand how people can dump a companion.

LilyDay wrote on January 5, 2015, 12:26 PM

I'm glad that he chose to adopt you. It sounds like the two of you are well-matched.

The Fuzzy Trio send Valentino purrs. emoticon :smile:

OldRoadsOnceTraveled wrote on January 5, 2015, 1:11 PM

This is Guiness the Cat sending purrs to Valentino.

Dustin4ever wrote on January 5, 2015, 1:26 PM

What a lucky dog and so are you to have found him. I know he will have a good loving home. He is adorable.

PriscillaKing wrote on January 5, 2015, 2:08 PM

He's a cute dog!

Renda wrote on January 5, 2015, 4:22 PM

I am so glad he found you....and you found him. He is a very handsome furbaby and I am sure you guys will have lots of fun chasing sand crabs and seagulls!

WordChazer wrote on January 5, 2015, 4:57 PM

Heart worms? That does not sound pleasant! Yet Valentino looks the very picture of health in that photo. I trust you rewarded him with a treat after staying still long enough for you to snap that picture?

soupdragon wrote on January 9, 2015, 8:01 AM

One day I hope to get a dog and I am sure that it will be a rescue dog. Right now I think my cat would not tolerate a new animal very well though.

iRun wrote on January 10, 2015, 9:57 PM

Wonderful story =) My dogs are also rescues and they have such funny little personalities. So happy when people and animals find each other! I don't understand why people give up their furbabies, to me after they are part of your family, they ARE your family. I don't give away my family lol.

RuthCox wrote on January 11, 2015, 9:49 PM

He is sweet, thank you! I can not understand the dumping of pets either. The shelters here fill up with hound dogs during and after hunting season. I just can't imagine these wonderful and smart dogs being treated as throwaways. It really gets my dander up!