One Saturday in January 2010, I was shopping in my local Petco store, for treats for my cat Lexie. On that Saturday, as I have noticed on previous Saturdays, The non-profit organization K9Kat2, was there with rows of dogs in kennels that were up for adoption.
As I passed down one of the isles, I noticed one dog in particular, he was looking a little scruffy however, his eyes spoke to me. I talked briefly to the Animal Coordinator, Robbie Thomason, and she shared with me the background as to how and why Curly was placed in her care.
I rushed home with a picture of Curly, and on the way I called my husband. I started telling him all about Curly and how I wanted to adopt him, once there, I showed him his picture. We drove back to Petco with the picture in hand. Once there, my husband looked again at the picture and then at Curly in his kennel. My husband looked at me and said (that’s not the same dog!). You see the picture of Curly was taken when he was a little younger. Once he saw how much I wanted to adopt him it didn’t matter, and he agreed. Curly came home with us that evening.
For the next two weeks, my husband would get up in the early morning and take Curly out for a walk before leaving for work and in the evening we would walk him together. The following Thursday morning, my husband got up like he did the previous weeks, took Curly for a walk, came home, and shortly later I was calling 911. My husband passed away four days later.
I didn’t think I would be able to care for Curly after my husband’s death. He is the first dog I have been responsible for. Little did I know that it would be Curly who took care of me. Curly is my friend, buddy, and my little guy. After living in the same house for 10 years, I now know my neighbors, from walking Curly around the neighborhood.
I have completed educational seminars in Pet boarding and daycare and have received a certificate from the American Red Cross in Dog first aid, all to prepare me for my next chapter, I found my passion.
Barking Lot Doggy Daycare and Resort was built for Curly and for all of his friends who bring love and joy to our lives.
The photo is of Curly as Mr. Dapper from Halloween 2011, in which he won 1st place in the annual contest at the local Petco store.