Now living happily in Omaha, Nebraska.
Dory was born in a puppy mill that damaged her spirit almost to the point of no return. Initial observations of her by staff read: "very frightened, scared of everything, can't trust people, needs love, may not come around, haunted eyes, does not like being touched, cowers in corner." We knew this was a gal that we would have to spend many weeks, or even months, evaluating to determine how to help her heal the emotional wounds that appeared to run so deep.
He, too, was born in a mill. He, too, arrived shuddering with fear and distrust. We were not sure that we would ever be able to reach him, as hard as we tried. He was unhappy, unsure and insecure. Then one day, Dory was taken out for recess by a volunteer who wanted to show her what fun this place could be. There, across the room, was Presto. He was sitting near his favorite volunteer, our FABULOUS and MAGICAL "poodle person," allowing her to occasionally scratch his ears just to make her happy. The moment they spotted each other, Dory and Presto fell head over heels in love. We are pretty sure that we saw cartoon hearts hovering over their heads as they made their way to one another. Since that moment, they have been inseparable.
These two sad and broken poodles have healed themselves through the devotion they feel for each other. Better still, they had a long, intense discussion about these people they now see day and night and together they made the very scary decision to go out on a limb and let us love them. They are, miraculously, two completely different dogs. We are now allowed to scoop them up for cuddles and they actually LIKE it. They run to us (joined at the hip, of course) for affection and attention. They bounce and play like puppies. It is the most beautiful thing in all the world.
If we haven't made it painfully clear, we are certain, beyond any doubt, that Dory and Presto must be adopted together. We understand that this may give them less of a chance at finding a home. But because we bear witness to the power of their connection, we know that living out their lives at the shelter together is a better alternative to being apart for even a minute. We do so hope there is a family for them, but we have promised them that they will always have all of us as family and that they can always stay together, to give each other comfort, support, companionship and courage.