Preston was adopted by Carol Mccurdy of Wilson, NC.
After much deliberation about what breed of dog to adopt, we agreed on a Shetland Sheepdog and contacted the Triangle Sheltie Rescue. This is where our story begins.
Following our discussions about the matching process and the dogs available with Debbie and Joanne (Preston's foster mother), Preston arrived at our house on the eve of St. Patrick's Day, a big event in our house since we come from Irish stock. Our three children were only told that when Preston arrived it would be to "test the waters" and decide whether he would be the right dog for us to adopt but he likely would not be staying. Preston immediately licked our faces, wagged his tail and stole our hearts. He was here to stay! I had cautioned myself not to fall in love with any old Sheltie, but he had seemed to show the affection first and was right at home with us. What a St. Patrick's Day present for all of us!
Preston's history had been a little daunting to me when Debbie and I had first talked about him, but following the meeting with Preston's foster parents, I knew he had challenged the odds and was indeed ready to move into a forever home. He continues to show his affection with licks and his funny little jumps around our feet. We laugh when he smiles, showing his teeth when he's content or when one of us gives him a tummy rub. He is a loyal pal to me and hardly leaves my side - he likes to lean against me when I'm sitting down or he'll nudge me when I'm in the kitchen cooking as if to say "hey, what about me" - he's a complete "love bug". He is also a great watchdog for the children when they are all playing in the backyard. He's developed a habit of barking when they start to argue and don't play friendly enough for his liking. A smarter dog there never was!
I was initially impressed with the commitment that Debbie demonstrated through email and telephone calls. Through the phone conversations I sensed the caring that was being given to the shelties and the effort to ensure the best matches would be made between the adopting family and the sheltie. Preston's foster family had worked very hard to help Preston overcome his ailments and did not give up easily - that dedication is to admired. Of course if it weren't for all of the volunteers who give so freely, we would not have Preston, but I think it goes deeper than that for each person involved whether they are the volunteer or the new family. Each of us has our own reasons for being involved in the scenario - thank you to all the volunteers for all that you do.
Above is a picture of our children with Preston. The children understand about Preston's prior hardships and are incredibly dedicated to him. They are proud to tell their friends aborn their "special" pet and how they could adopt one,too (out of the mouths of babes)!