"He Had Me at Woof..."

Posted by Pia

That is exactly what my friend Megan had to say about Stanley, the pooch she recently adopted. And fortunately her 4 year old twin boys feel the same way about Stanley, who they affectionately refer to as, "our dog brother."

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Stanley had some big disappointments in his younger days but fortunately they are all distant memories now that he has a dedicated and loving forever family... and 2 human brothers to watch over!

1 Stanley had some big disappointments in his younger days but fortunately they are all distant memories now that he has a dedicated and loving forever family... and 2 human brothers to watch over!

With 2 small humans, Megan wanted to be sure to adopt a dog who's personality and size would be a good fit for her family.

2 With 2 small humans, Megan wanted to be sure to adopt a dog who's personality and size would be a good fit for her family.

As a psychologist herself, Megan also knows that children learn values by what they see the adults around them doing.

3 As a psychologist herself, Megan also knows that children learn values by what they see the adults around them doing.

Taking every opportunity to make a positive difference in the lives of others is a value that Megan wants her boys to experience.

4 Taking every opportunity to make a positive difference in the lives of others is a value that Megan wants her boys to experience.

She felt that adopting a dog in need of a home- and one that is  already an adult and therefore a

5 She felt that adopting a dog in need of a home- and one that is already an adult and therefore a "known quantity" - is a great way to minimize potential risks to her boys and to teach the value of giving back.

According to Megan's husband Shawn,

6 According to Megan's husband Shawn, "The rescue group was clearly invested in placing Stanley in a home where he would be safe and happy for the long term- that assured me I was getting the honest answers I needed to make a good decision."

Megan agreed,

7 Megan agreed, "I was able to get candid answers to my questions about Stanley's temperament, compatibility and previous training. Because he was nearly full grown, I was also able to get a realistic sense of his size and nature."

Megan shared,

8 Megan shared, "I got tons of first hand information from Stanley's foster mom and ultimately I was able give the adoption a trial run before making things official."

Megan added,

9 Megan added, "The rescue group who had Stanley in foster offered advice on how to best to introduce Stanley to the kids."

According to Megan, Stanley was already potty-trained and neutered. She added,

10 According to Megan, Stanley was already potty-trained and neutered. She added, "He had complete love and patience from the start so I was just praying that the rescue group would agree that it was a good match."

Megan said,

11 Megan said, "The rescue group came to our home to assure it was safe for Stanley as he was known to jump over fences when given the chance."

Having worked in rescue herself, Megan shared,

12 Having worked in rescue herself, Megan shared, "When the rescue group requested that we raise the height of our fence- I wasn't sure what to think- but I took a second and realized it was not a personal afront but rather a safety precaution for Stanley.."

When asked what stands out about Stanley, Megan remarked,

13 When asked what stands out about Stanley, Megan remarked, "He is so patient and doesn't even try to steal food from the kids! And they are the perfect height for him to try!"

Megan,

14 Megan, "The kids are so in love with Stanley- they make sure everyone knows, 'Stanley is a rescue.' They may not fully understand the concept, but they DO understand that he needed a home and we became his family. They are proud of that."

On a recent trip to California, I got to visit with my dear friend Megan and to meet the dog she refers to as, "The missing piece of our family." In addition to many other shared experiences, Megan was right by my side when she and I headed to New Orleans to participate in the post-Katrina animal rescue some years ago.

Megan is as true an animal advocate as one can be. She, and her husband Shawn, are modeling the values of compassion and personal responsibility for their boys.

Having grown up with dogs herself, Megan knows the value of bringing a dog in to the family and getting to experience the kind of connection and responsibility a companion animal can offer a child. It is also important to her that her boys learn to respect and help others in need. As a psychologist, Megan also knows that children learn and internalize values by watching the actions of the adults around them.

It is for these reasons that Megan and Shawn were certain that if they were to add a dog to the family, it would need to be by way of adoption. They wanted to offer a home to a dog in need of one and to teach their boys how important it is to respond to the needs of one you have committed to care for.

I, for one, would say they have indeed achieved these admirable goals. Having been given a firm foundation by mom and dad (...and Stanley), It will now be up to little Thomas and Jack to make use of such teachings in a way that represents their respective interpretation and experience of caring for brother Stanley.

In kinship,
Dr. Pia Salk

P.S. Stanley was rescued, and adopted into Megan's family, by the caring folks at rescue group, One Heart at a Time. Be sure to check out all the other little "Stanleys" in need of a loving family.

Comments (10)

  • I'm happy that Stanley has a loving home and can teach the young boys many things that will be beneficial in their lives...Stanley is adorable, too bad he had big disappointments in his younger days...but one thing about animals they don't hold grudges.
    I give Megan and her family credit, and wish them the Best for the new adventure with Stanley.

    delia & Kitty =^..^=

  • Dear Dr. Pia,
    What a great "Happy New Year" story. Looks like Stanley will be having his happiest new year yet.
    Your Pal,
    Rebel

  • Boy Dr.Pia.....Stanely looks really happy with his new family. It is nice to hear great stories like this.
    I woke up this morning to a coating of snow in the yard. It was wonderful. Mom, of course, came out with me to make sure I did my "business" but she ran right back in. Me on the other hand have been running and playing with all my toys out in the yard.
    I can't wait till she tries to get me in when she leaves for work. She thinks I don't realize she is trying to trick me with a treat to get me in the house. But I know. And I love pretendig to walk up the steps then take off again. Mom gets soooo mad. :)
    She has to take Lily (that's my sister Abbie's bunny) to the vet today. Mom and Abbie think I don't know that Lily lives upstairs, but I do. I'm not allowed up there. But I do try. LOL
    Anyway, I hope F & S have a great day and all my friends. Enjoy the snow!!

    Chloe xx

  • Hello Dr.Pia,
    I keep forgetting that you want pictures and stories from the Glue Squad. I will get right on that. By the way, Stanley is a lucky dog and so is the family that adopted him cause he will give them so many good memories and love them very much.
    After going back to yesterday's post, I saw that Sonya had a question for the chows. Chows are a double coated breed. The inner coat acts as insulation so we don't need sweaters. We love this kind of weather. Hope everyone checks out ok at the vet.
    Love,
    Maddox

  • Hello ladies, Kirby here.
    And hello to you too Dr. Pia. I love to hear those good stories about some very lucky dogs, cats and other animals. It’s too bad that a lot of small animals people gave as Christmas gifts will wind up in a shelter. I still can’t understand just how someone would give up on of their “children.” Maddox, you are right about the two coats of fur. It was only in the 30’s yesterday and I stayed outside all day. What I like best is the sunshine on me and the cool air. Warm as toast, as they say.
    Catch you later, Kirby.

  • Hi Dr. Pia, Megan is a fantastic person who not only cares about her boys, but cares very much about dogs. She reminds me a lot about you! Sweet, handsome Stanley is one lucky dog to be adopted by Megan and these photos tell the whole positive story! I don't have any kids, but whenever I adopted a rescue dog, I always introduced them to the dogs I already had and kept them if they got along really well which everyone of them has done. Thanks so much for sharing this great blog again today! I will try again to send you a photo of my sweet, little DDR as soon as I can. Have another great weekend and see you next week! Jan

  • This is a really great story!

    I love that Megan did her best to explain what "rescuing" a dog means and placed importance on giving Stanley a new home. It's great to teach kids these things at a young age and give them an understanding that all dogs deserve a great home.

    Cheers to Stanley's new family :)

  • Such a sweet story about Stanley and his new family. He just looks like he has a lot of stories to tell. Meagan and her family are special for giving Stanley a loving home and what a great lesson for her two boys. Looks like the 'dog brother-human brother' connection is for life. Thank you Dr. Pia :smile:

    Thanks Maddox and Kirby Bear. I figured that Chows had double coats but I thought if the temps got down to 0 then you might need something on. It's great that you all don't!

  • Hey Everyone, I have a funny story to share with all of you. Remember how I told you about Lily the bunny that I am not suppose to know about up stairs??? Well, mom had some shocking news when she took her to the vet. Lily is really a Larry. LOL Mom could not believe it.( Mom has had her for almost two years now.) And me either. I had to check myself to make sure I was a Chloe and not a Ken since it seems mom doesn't know the differnce. But I'm good. Still a Chloe. So make sure you all double check cause even mom's make mistakes. And let me if any of you are not what you think you are. LOL

    Chloe xx

  • ..wish all doggies and critters could have loving families like we all do..guess what guys..I am a double coated too, so i stay real warm in the winter..now if Lucinda and James would only let me out to roam around in the winter like I used too..yeah, I go for walks but not like the old days making a mad dash all around the property...getting old is not for the faint of heart...the sun is shining here in the Northwest and 44degrees..pretty mild..Chloe, we used to have free range California King rabbits..I loved those guys..they hid when they saw me coming!..ever try to herd a rabbit?...I must go spy on the feral cats...now those guys are elusive..people dump kitties at the farm/ranch and yes, we care for them..people..I don't understand them..over and out, cora-belle the blue heeler aka cattle dog...p.s. glue squad I will give the red setters across the river a bark for you..you know the ones that the a--hole shocks all the time for ever little thing..they are good doggies he is a jerk!..come across the river doggies and I will personally gnaw your collars off

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