After losing our first dog together over the summer we had no intention of getting another. We were planning to let Sampson live his life as an old dog BUT we did not take into account the "harmless" scrolling of Facebook pages. A friend of mine on Facebook posted a link to the Everett Animal Shelter here in Washington state that showed a video of the cutest puppy. Halfway through the video it becomes evident that she is paralyzed in her back legs. My husband, Kyle, and I immediately and simultaneously give each other that look.
The next day we were on our way to the animal shelter. Noodle was not yet available for adoption and discovered she was quite popular due to the power of social media. I stayed in contact with the shelter over the next week as well as doing endless online research about paralyzed dogs. Come to find out there are a lot of puppies that live full happy lives with paralysis. I researched what caring for a dog with this type of special need might entail. Noodle became adoptable and we immediately placed an application.
We were surpised to get a call back one week later. We honestly did not think we would be chosen to meet this inspiring pup. On the drive to Everett from our home in Mount Vernon, Wa, my husband was giving me a pep talk. "Bree, all puppies are cute. When we meet her, we have to keep our emotions in check and make sure we can truly provide for her the way she needs." My husband was fearful he would be allergic to her and that I would cry the whole way home. Kim, at the shelter, placed Noodle down on the floor in the room we were to meet her and immedaitely Kyle goes "Oh my god she is so cute!" Yep we both were definitely keeping our emotions in check. After ensuring Kyle was not allergic we confirmed with the shelter our desire to adopt her.
Two days later on December 11th 2017, we picked her up and brought her home. Our journey continues...
Of addition, I cannot speak more strongly about the kind people at the Everett Animal Shelter in Everett, Wa. especially Kim, Brittany and Brandi. Thank you!