Double the Love

by Kimberly Wade

It’s the kind of story that warms your heart and breaks your heart all at the same time. Two dogs, one of them a senior, given up as a last resort. It was the last thing their family wanted to do, but when things spiral out of control and animals have nowhere to go, Nevada Humane Society is here.

Otis and Yogi arrived in late January. Yogi is an 8 year old Pomeranian Otis, his brother, is an 11 year old Pekingese. This dynamic duo has been together since they were puppies. Otis may be a few years older, but he easily took on the role of big brother from day one. They’ve bonded. They’ve shared ups and downs, learned from mistakes, gained from adventures and led a great life.

Recently, Otis and Yogi’s human mother had some circumstances arise that were out of her control. Her family was down on their luck and lost their home. They reached out to her, and of course she took them in. It wasn’t a good fit for Otis and Yogi, and after trying everything, she called Nevada Humane Society.

The day she came in to surrender Otis and Yogi was an emotional one. It was clear this was a hard decision. She was in tears; therefore, our staff was in tears. Everyone knew it was the right thing to do but it didn’t make it any easier. The glimmer of good news in all of this was that Otis and Yogi, though a bit nervous, were for the most part goofy, silly and affectionate. It was as if they knew they needed to keep their spirits up, and make everyone in the room smile no matter how tough the goodbye was.

Our staff at Nevada Humane Society immediately notified several managers. We knew that we needed to take extra good care of Otis and Yogi and give them lots of TLC. They deserved it. We quickly learned that both dogs were in pretty good shape. They needed some dental work but otherwise were healthy and happy. We promised to find them a home together, so right away we took photos and set them up with fluffy beds, food and water. Over the next couple of weeks they received medical care and love from staff—they quickly became a favorite of everyone.

Now the time has come for us to say goodbye to Otis and Yogi—they’re ready for a new family! We promised their person that we would find them a home together, and we’re keeping that promise. Otis and Yogi have sweet personalities and big, toothy grins. They love everyone and want nothing more than constant cuddle time. They will benefit from a good amount of attention, so we’re hoping someone who has plenty of time on their hands will fall in love with them—but we want anyone who is interested to come meet them. Otis and Yogi brought so much love to their previous owner and we know they will do the same for their next family.

This is lifesaving. We don’t turn you away no matter what the age. We take in the old, the ugly, the shy and the sweet. We understand things can happen and that while giving up a pet is hard, sometimes it needs to be done. We don’t judge nor do we assume. We are here to provide love and care for the animals while finding them new homes. This is lifesaving.

If you can help us find Otis and Yogi a home together, you are as much a part of this as we are. Otis and Yogi are available at our Reno shelter, located at 2825 Longley Lane. We’re open daily from 11am to 6:30pm, and an hour earlier on Saturdays, at 10am. We hope that Otis and Yogi’s new family is out there and that we get to meet you soon. Then, we can wrap up their story with a happy ending—something all of us can’t wait to see.ogether where they will get the love and affection they once had. Both boys have sweet personalities and big, toothy grins. They’ll need a little dental work but otherwise they’re in good shape. This is lifesaving. We don’t turn you away, no matter what the age. We take in the old, the ugly, the shy and the sweet. If you can help us find Yogi and Otis a home, together, as a team we can make a difference.

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My Furry Valentine

by Kimberly Wade

Typically Valentine’s Day is chocolate and roses and extravagant dates—for humans. But what about our furry Valentine’s? One of my cats, Maisey, has her own Instagram (shameless plug @little_maisey_moo) and all of her online friends are sending out Valentines. It’s beyond adorable, even if ya’ll think I’m a crazy cat lady (which I proudly own up to). Yet it got me thinking. At Nevada Humane Society we put a pet-related twist on as many holidays as we can. We focus on the joy pets bring into our lives as well as the human-animal bond. So his Valentine’s Day I challenge you to recognize the constant love our pets provide—there’s nothing like it.

Newton, our two year old tabby, loves my husband with his entire being. Newton lives to love. When Brandon comes homes from work, Newton races to the door to greet him, following him through the house, weaving in and out of his legs. In the kitchen, Newton leaps onto the counter and meows his hello. As Brandon smiles at him, Newton climbs up his chest, wraps his paws around Brandon’s face, and literally, kisses him. Later, when we’re relaxing on the couch, Newton is right there, rolling onto his back and putting his paws on Brandon’s chest, again, just to say I’m so glad you’re home. He repeats this all night. Newton goes beyond unconditional love.

Stella, a Yorkie, opened the hearts of Gary and Cindy in their time of need. They had lost two of their Yorkies and as you can imagine, were having a hard time. Bocce, their remaining pup, also grieved. Gary and Cindy weren’t ready to adopt again but they unexpectedly met Stella. Right away her tiny body, fuzzy face and huge heart brightened their souls. It’s as if she knew something was not well and it was her job to fix it. She bonded instantly to both of them and Bocce—bringing all three of them out of their shells. Stella not only showed them the vital importance of four-legged companionship, but she allowed them to move past the grief and focus on the good memories.

Kiki, an orange and white kitty, lives with Edmond and Joyce. Kiki and his siblings were found by a pit bull, Angel, on her morning walk eight years ago. They were alone with no mom, hungry and scared. Angel saved their lives and we shared their story. Edmond and Joyce heard about it and adopted Kiki—one of the kittens. Kiki flourished right away in his new home and has become an essential part of their life. Even now, as Edmond is facing some health challenges, Kiki alerts Joyce when something is wrong. He also understands when either of them are having a bad day by spending his time sitting between them offering a sense of peace and support.

Lacey, a young shepherd, was living with a family and her doggie sibling—neither of which treated her well. Her sister actually bullied her, and Lacey, ever submissive, became fearful and withdrawn. Brian and Rhona had been talking about getting a dog for a while. They visited Nevada Humane Society but didn’t find someone they felt was meant for them. They were patient, and soon heard Lacey’s story. They knew she would take work but they were willing to help her. They accepted her flaws and imperfections. They were meant for her. Lacey fell in love, as did they. I can now say Lacey has turned out to be an incredible dog and that they are truly “living happily ever after.”

Love comes in all shapes, sizes and looks. It can’t always be helped who we fall for, but when we recognize it, love can be a beautiful thing. Sometimes we may think we’re not ready but then we meet someone who sweeps us off our feet. So many stories of adoption start this way and these are the best ones.

Happy Valentine’s Day, and as I go, I leave you with a poem my intern wrote just for you.

Shall I compare thee to a warm lap?

For a human like you, I would travel the map.

Your loving cuddles make my heart content

A lifetime with you would be well spent.

-A love poem to my future adopter

P.S. If you ever wish to share your story, I’d love to hear it. Just email me at kwade@nevadahumanesociety.org.

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