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Smeagol won her heart

SmeagolWhen I first saw Smeagol on the Dumb Friends League website, I was in complete shock—a Sphynx at the Dumb Friends League? I rushed down to see him, and after 30 minutes, it was clear that we were meant to be together. Even though he was very frightened, he immediately purred the second that I touched him. It was then that I knew he was the one. He has been the sweetest addition to our home—no longer afraid, he spends his days purring, greeting everyone at the door, following us from room to room, and cuddling under blankets with us and his two (much furrier) dog siblings, Lobster and Misty. He is the sweetest cat I have ever known, and I am forever grateful for the opportunity to care for him.

Victoria R.

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King Petey the Beloved

King PeteyPetey is doing very well. He’s adapted well to our home and our lifestyle, and seems very happy. He’s gotten much braver around strangers, and he sure has become the king of our castle.

When we first got Petey, he spent a lot of time on the end of the sofa, which we called his “safe spot.” He would go there when he felt stressed or when we had company. He doesn’t use the safe spot at all anymore, which tells me he’s gotten very comfortable here. He’s pretty much taken over our home, which is OK with us because we’ve grown very attached to him and love him very much.

We are very happy that we ended up adopting Petey, and we probably wouldn’t have if you hadn’t told us how good he was with you. We took a chance, and I think we got very lucky with this boy, and he seems very happy with us. A happy ending indeed.

-Stacey D.
Pueblo, Colo.

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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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