I first met Ding-a-Roo at our 18th Street shelter. I was immediately struck by this handsome, sweet, big boy. He became a favorite of many of the volunteers. I came in to do my shift one morning and learned that Ding had made the “Great Escape”. Everyone looked for him, but to no avail. Ding was gone on an adventure that he thought he wanted. Almost two years passed and then a miracle happened at our Pine Street! Randy had been feeding a pack in the city. He felt that one of the dogs should come in so he brought the dog to our vet clinic. It didn’t take long for the word to pass around – DING-A-ROO WAS HOME! I ran to the clinic and it was true, the big boy had come home. I can’t tell you how many happy tears I shed. Ding eventually became my office dog. He had not fared well outside and was now my ruggedly handsome, sweet, big boy. I didn’t want to take the chance of losing him again so he became a member of my family. I cannot express to you what a special dog he is. It did not take Ding long to adjust to our home. Initially, his new brother, Charlie, was not too thrilled with him. But now he and Charlie are buddies. His sister, Charlene, fell in love with him immediately. Due to his years on the street, Ding does not really know how to play with toys and it is hysterical watching him attempt to throw a ball in the air. He is a gentle giant who loves people too. He will sit for hours at your feet and would be content with you petting him for the next few hours. Ding is a very special part of our family and he knows it. When our walks are almost finished, he can’t wait to get back to the front door of the house. It is almost like he is saying he is home.
-Gail, Ding A Roo's adopter
The Welcome Home segment is all about showcasing the amazing transformation that occurs when a companion animal is adopted and brought into a loving home. Not only do we enrich their lives as adopters, but they also enrich our own lives and the lives of our families beyond measure. There are countless heartwarming stories to tell, and we want the whole world to know just how much better life can be with an adopted dog or cat by your side.