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Keona & the pink bunny

Keona and the pink bunnyAbout six months after our 14-year-old Lhasa apso mix, Winky, lost her battle with kidney failure, we donated her toys to the Dumb Friends League. We wanted a fresh start when we adopted another dog. Several visits to the shelter later, we still couldn’t find "the one."

An adoption counselor sat down with us to help. There was a 5-month-old puppy named Keona who was just becoming available for adoption. The counselor asked if we would like to meet her. Of course!

Keona came bounding out to meet us with a pink bunny in her mouth. It was Winky’s bunny that we had donated several days before! It was almost like Winky sent Keona to us.

Of course, Keona stole our hearts, and an hour later she was on her way to her new forever home. She is the sweetest dog ever and the love of our lives. She is now giving back as a therapy dog.

—Shari and Darrin R.

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Kodie & Maggie: 300 pounds of pure love

Harold the catKodie and Maggie were dropped off at the Dumb Friends League Buddy Center in Castle Rock in December 2008. In January 2009, we were in search of ONE dog for our family. When we first set our eyes on beautiful Maggie, a St. Bernard, we stated we would take her.

We were informed by the staff that "she comes with her brother," who was in the back eating at the time. We reconsidered, thinking two St. Bernards would be a bit much. Of course, we caved as soon as we saw this 165-pound dog named Kodie walk into the room. Because it was such a big commitment, the staff suggested we think about it. We returned the next day to pick them up, loading 300 pounds of St. Bernard in the back of an SUV.

They have been a wonderful and quite large addition to our family. We relocated to the East Coast in 2013. Kodie and Maggie did much better than we did driving across the country! They are happy and healthy "lap dogs." They make us laugh all the time.

I know we made a difference in their lives, but they made an even bigger difference in ours! Thank you, Dumb Friends League, for taking such good care of them while in your care.

— Laura, Mike and Sean K.

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Zeta does the Maine thing

Kristen and ZetaI adopted my dog, Zeta, from the Dumb Friends League when she was 6 months old. When Zeta arrived at your shelter, she had been very sick, and you helped her get strong and healthy. You also very obviously made her feel loved, and it was clear during my adoption interview that you cared about finding her a loving home.

I just wanted to thank you and let anyone who remembers Zeta know that she is doing well, and that I love her and can’t imagine not having this pup in my life. Zeta and I are now in Maine because I moved back here after finishing graduate school. Zeta loved the road trip and exploring new places on the way. She has also enjoyed hiking and camping adventures, and continues to be a very healthy, active, sweet and happy dog.

Kristen S.


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Maya: a great trade-off

MayaWe happened upon the Furry Scurry because Saturdays are our running days. When we got to the park, I assumed that a dog “race” would probably have an adoption event as well—and sure enough, there was Maya! My partner instantly bonded with Maya, and we pretty much decided that we had to have her. So we went to Wash Park for a three-mile run and left with Maya, which was a great trade-off!

Maya is doing very well and already warming up to us. She is quite the cuddle bug and is getting along with everyone (our friends and their dogs) and our cat. I dropped her off at a friend’s house while I went to an appointment, and when I went to pick her up, she was SO excited: tail wagging, jumped on me and couldn’t stop prancing. My heart melted! She’s a doll and we love her.

-- Chanelle R.

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