Liberty

Adoption Success Story

Name:Rhoda

A little about yourself:
Animal welfare junkie. Doing it for years and don’t know how to stop.

Adopted animal(s) names:
Liberty (Libby)

Why did you decide to adopt?
Just always have. Every dog I’ve ever had has been a rescue. They know you’ve saved them, and they show their gratitude every day.

How did you choose your dog?
Actually, she chose me. My dog had just died, and I cried a lot. I called friends in Florida and said I just had to get away, sit in the sunshine by the pool and dry my tears. The rescue group from my last dog called me upon my arrival to sympathize on her loss. They told me they had one that had been confiscated by the country from a backyard breeder and really needed me, so I went to get her, brought her home to NYC with me, and have never been happier.

Why did you name your dog Liberty?
Her name is Liberty, because she was liberated from a terrible situation, and the night before I picked her up I was watching TV with my friends and one station was going off the air. They played the national anthem and showed a beautiful shot of the Statue of Liberty, my favorite since I was a little kid, and the name just came to me. It said everything about her.

What’s your favorite thing about your dog?
In the 4+ years I’ve had her she’s still always trying to please me. She stares into my eyes and seems to anticipate exactly what I want. She then comes over, puts her head on me and looks lovingly at my face. How could that NOT be my favorite thing?

What’s the funniest thing your dog has ever done?
She doesn’t do funny things, she just loves me.

What would you say to someone considering adopting?
The best thing about adopting is not getting a puppy. Getting a dog who’s older and wiser, and who is just content being by your side, who wants to drag you down the street to show you her favorite spots, and who’s excited about what mystery lies just around the corner.

Is there anything else you want everyone to know about you and your dog?
She is an extension of myself. She has become so bonded and so important to me that I consider her part of me. My kids always complain “you love that dog more than you love me”, and my response always is … SO WHAT’S YOUR POINT!!