My much loved Tinker, an "adopt a pet" Shih Tzu mix, adopted years ago, passed over the rainbow bridge last fall and, after several months of being an only doggie, his partner, Nunzi, another adopted Shih Tzu mix, seemed to be a bit lonely and ready for a new best friend. I was naturally drawn back to the same no kill shelter where we had first gotten Nunzi, to be a companion for Tinker. This time I was drawn to a cute little fuzzy white fella, who seemed to be a Maltipoo (a mix between a Maltese Terrier and a Poodle). He came up to the cage fence wagging his tail and cried a little when I walked away...so I fell in love with him.
We took Nunzi to the shelter for a "get acquainted" time. Nunzi seemed to be quite taken with the little white dog so we decided that they would work well together. Nunzi was getting much older and had slowed down quite a lot. We thought that a younger dog would pep him up. I have always found that dogs like to be companion animals and enjoy having another dog around if they have to be left alone at any time. We brought the little dog home and named him Gumby as we thought that he just looked like what a Gumby should look like.
I am slightly allergic to dogs who shed and I care about the shedding in my house. Neither of these dog types shed very much. They are listed as hypoallergenic dogs who are adapted well to living in a house. Nunzi was eight when we adopted him and now Gumby is six. For those who are thinking that adopted dogs bring many problem, I have found that my adopted dogs have been very smart, loving and easy to train. There are so many types of dogs needing homes out there, so please think about adopting a loyal friend for life at your local shelter or even on rescue sites online if you are looking for a special type of breed. There are many rescues for all types of dogs. You will be rewarded many times over with the affection and fun that a rescue "fur baby" can give you.