I recently reported on West Hollywood’s passage of a landmark ban on pet stores selling dogs and cats other than those from shelters. Texas-based Chardonnay and Sir Lancelot, now part of a loving home, are just two examples of dogs who have endured the cruelty this ordinance seeks to bring to an end.
Chardonnay and Sir Lancelot were adopted by Camillia and Don, a couple in Texas. Camillia shared her experience adopting these lovely pups, who each endured years of abuse at the hands of unscrupulous breeders.
It was such a pleasure speaking with Camillia -- it is heartening to meet a person who takes their commitment to companion animals so seriously. Camillia not only sought to educate herself on how best to introduce and care for her dogs, but she also allowed her eyes and heart to be opened to the bigger picture.
When I asked her what she’d like others to understand, she told me, “I’d like people to learn what I once did not know and have now seen first-hand. You can find any dog in adoption -- from 3 months, to 3 years to 13. I want to see them all get homes. And people need to be committed to them like they are to a child. They deserve that.”
In fact, Camillia revealed somewhat sheepishly that she would like to set up "nanny-cam" at home to check in on her furry kids during the day. If only every animal in need of a home had such a loving, committed and doting mom!
A big thanks and Texas-sized "woof," to Camillia and her husband, Don -- and to the shelters and rescue groups who are out there 24/7 helping animals like Chardonney and Sir Lancelot find loving homes.
Dr. Pia Salk