Jeff and I had been desiring to adopt a dog for quite some time. We began praying for our dog, not knowing who he would be, months ahead of adopting Sydney. Every weekend, we would visit shelters and rescues within the Houston and Austin area and sometimes would come close to taking a pup home. But somehow, God let us know that these pups were not the one He intended for us.
During our search, Jeff and I had different expectations for our dog. He wanted a puppy, one that was active who could exercise with, and medium-sized. I wanted an adult dog, one that would be a good fluffy lap dog, and medium-sized. Honestly, I really just wanted a doodle pup because they’re so darn cute!
On a whim one Wednesday, we visited the pound. Jeff drove there from work and I made my trek there from home. Together, we strolled the aisles of dogs not expecting much. In the beginning of our walk, we spotted a black collie puppy and he definitely caught our eye. But we continued to walk to see if there were any others that struck our interest. None did but Sydney (he wasn’t named Sydney at the time). We asked to bond with him in a room.
Sydney was quiet and didn’t bark, unlike his other puppy friends. He looked curiously at our gaze and in the room, he responded by stiffing our hands and eventually plopping himself right down next to us, leaning his weight on our legs and feet. Yup, Sydney was a leaner and he chose us.
I performed several dog tests to confirm that Sydney was a good fit for us. I read on the ASPCA to try them out when picking a dog, so I figured I’d give them a shot. He passed and we proceeded to get more information about adopting Sydney.
At the counter, the files on Sydney were revealed. He had come from a hoarding situation with several other dogs that were cooped up in small spaces and crates. The pets were housed together in very poor conditions and exposed to feces, urine, garbage, and disease. Sydney was found with wounds, worms, fleas, infections, malnutrition, and several parasites. All left untreated until he was taken in. Dogs from hoarding cases usually suffer trust issues with humans and may be fearful of sounds and new environments. The lady at the counter warned us that Sydney would be a very challenging dog to care for and that we would have to be patient after taking him in.
Up to that point, I had never thought about taking in a dog that wasn’t 100%. But the Lord moved me to give Jeffrey the green light and to have compassion on the dog we were about to make part of our family.
We brought him home that night, but before heading to our house, we stopped my a pet store to get supplies. The hubby had put Sydney in the trunk of our SUV and when Jeff opened the door, Sydney jumped out and ran! Our dog ran halfway through a dark parking lot! You guys, we almost lost a dog that same night too. But thankfully, Jeff kneed down and asked for Sydney to come back. And Sydney did run back into Jeff’s arms, demonstrating that he did trust us.