We receive some wonderful photos in our "Your Pet-Adoption Stories" gallery, but recently something caught my eye that I just had to share:
Contributor Robin Tousley from Minneapolis recently sent us a photo of her adorable adopted pooch -- by the name of Martha Stewart! Much like our very own Martha, this pooch has worked hard to get where she is now. Prior to her adoption, she had spent her whole life in a cage, so she was understandably scared and confused when she first arrived at her forever home. Thanks to the Tousley family and Pet Haven of Minnesota, she is a happy, well-adjusted girl receiving the love she so rightly deserves. While viewing the gallery adoption photos, I decided to have some fun and look for celebrity look-a-likes. So how did I do? Let me know!
While I'm no celebrity, I have had a few dogs, cats and even a turtle and a rat named after me by grateful adopters whom I've helped out over the years. I always find it to be a great honor and am disappointed when I hear people offended by any association to a non-human animal. I also find the reverse to be an honor -- when a person names a child after a beloved animal they once knew.
My Uncle Herman was a veterinarian who helped animals of all shapes and sizes. I undoubtedly got much of my affinity and respect for animals by watching him. He named one of his daughters after a cow he had grown attached to in veterinary school. Fortunately my cousin Susan loved having a cow as her namesake and has since named many of her companion animals after our human relatives -- including an adopted cat she named after our uncle Jonas!
Please keep your adoption stories and photos coming! You can share them in our pet adoption gallery, or just browse the many touching, inspiring stories from other adopters. Thanks for sharing --this was such fun!
And feel free to challenge any of my gallery's celebrity name choices.
Dr. Pia Salk
PS: Did you know that actress Jennifer Garner named her Labrador retriever Martha Stewart as well? I wonder how many four-pawed "Marthas" are out there?