His name is Morgan and he is not what I was looking for when my husband and I decided to look for a new companion about 2 years ago.
When our beloved 14 year old black lab mix Rachel passed I was determined to take a break from dog poop, dog hair, vet bills and the obligatory morning walks. Well that lasted all of two weeks! Both of us felt as if the house was way to quiet and lonely without Rachel. We decided to try to find a new companion at one of the local rescue places. I wanted a small “lap” dog, Something I could cuddle up with on the sofa or in a chair. Our last three dogs had been large breeds that were wonderful companions and friends but hardly what you would choose to cuddle up with in a chair or sofa. I was determined to finally get the small dog I had been wanting for years.
So, two weeks after Rachel’s passing, we headed down to the Tombstone Animal Shelter to rescue a small dog. We were not there more than 15 minutes when a black, white and tan pointer mix breed by the name of Barry decided we were his new family. The problem was Barry weighed in at a measly 85lbs! Never mind his size, he was determined there was no way we were leaving without him. Well, of course we couldn’t resistant a dog that was that determined to be part of our family so we loaded him into our van and headed home.
The first order of business was to give him a name that was more suited to his personality, Barry just didn’t cut it and wasn’t his real name anyway. He was found wondering the streets of Tombstone and given the name of Barry by the Tombstone Animal Shelter because it was the next name on the list. We decided on Morgan because it’s a strong name with substance. This is a dog that needed a name to go along with his size.
The second thing I had to do was go to Walmart for doggie supplies – food, bed, collar, toys. As soon as we brought out the collar he could hardly contain himself. He wanted that collar on BAD! When I put his newly purchased bed down on the floor he settled on it and has never looked back.
We will never know what his life was like before he came to us but we do know that he is the most loving, grateful dog to ever come into our house. It’s as if he knows that he is safe and will be well cared for and loving us is his way of giving back. By: Shryl Miles