Saturday, September 10, 2011

My Adoption Story

BlogPaws and BISSELL are having a blog carnival to raise money for the Petfinder Foundation. A blog carnival is when lots of blogs focus on the same topic. The topic for this event is "my adoption story." If you know me or if you've followed my blog for long, then you probably know that I have one whopper of an adoption story...

After I was born, I lived with one family for a few years. Then I went to live with a woman and a kitty and another Shih Tzu like me. Then one day out of the blue, my owner passed away and another woman took me and the other pets and put us in the car for a ride. One by one, though, she stopped and dumped each one of us out of the car. Yep. SHE DUMPED US OUT OF THE CAR.

So all of the sudden I was all by myself, out on the streets. A little doggie alone in the scary world.

Within a couple of days I ended up in a foster home for Companion Critters, a rescue group in New Jersey. I was scared and hid under the table for a while. But eventually I got more comfortable again and then they found me a nice new home. Or so we thought. About a year after I thought I found my forever family, they actually took me back to the foster home. They said that they couldn't keep me anymore.

I was nine years old then, and my allergies were really bad, too. So, I was actually considered a "less adoptable" dog, if you'd believe that. Hard to find a nice new home with that sort of label.

After I was returned to the rescue group, though, my foster sister Shawnee wrote about me on her blog. That's when my TRUE adoption story started. My forever-and-ever mom read about me on Shawnee's blog and totally fell in love with me. (But who could blame her, right?!) She didn't think I was a "senior" dog since she already had a Shih Tzu who was almost my exact same age, Lexi-Lou. And she didn't think my allergies were a problem, either.

So my foster Mom and my soon-to-be-new Mom talked and talked and finally decided that I was going to move from New Jersey to Illinois to live with my new Mom and my new sister Lexi-Lou. And you know what else? My foster Mom and Shawnee actually drove me the entire way! Yep...they delivered me safe and sound to my new home.

They told Mom that it would take me a few days to get over the shock of the new home and to really start playing and settling in. I knew that this was my forever-and-ever home, though, so I actually helped unpack my own toys. I made myself right at home. By the next morning, I was rolling on my back, playing like crazy! We've actually got video of that, too...

Now I'm spoiled rotten. Absolutely spoiled rotten! But, Mom says she's just making up for all of the bad stuff that I've been through. Makes sense, don't you think? I WAS dumped out of a car, onto the street, you know. Oh, by the way -- you know the bad, bad woman who did that? She didn't know that I had a microchip. And she didn't know that my old neighbors really loved me and worried about me. With the microchip, the neighbors, and the awesome rescue group, the police actually had enough evidence to get that bad woman!

Now part of the BlogPaws Carnival is actually to also tell about the happiness that I've brought my new Mom. I'd think that's pretty obvious, though, if you look at how spoiled I am. He he he.

From Buttons' Mom:

Buttons' adoption story took a pretty difficult turn for me not long after I adopted her. One week after Buttons came into our lives, my Lexi-Lou passed away unexpectedly. My dogs aren't "pets," they're my children. I was completely crushed when Lexi died. Buttons hadn't really bonded with Lexi yet, so she wasn't affected by the loss.

Three or four weeks later, then, my mother was diagnosed with breast cancer. Three months after that, my father's health took a bad turn. A month later, he passed away.

Why am I telling you this? Because I honestly believe that God placed Buttons in my life specifically because of the grief that was coming. Buttons is a funny, creative, crazy little girl. In the middle of my pain and loss, she could still make me laugh with her antics. She wasn't doing anything special...she was just being herself. And I don't know what I would have done without her bringing that humor and love into such a dark time. So to me, that's a big part of her adoption story.

And I'm pretty sure that's part of the reason she's spoiled rotten now, too...

Enough sad, mushy talk from Mom. It's time to leave you with some cuteness. (Can you believe what those other families I had are missing out on now?! He he he.)


  1. Wut a happy ending fur efurrybuddy, Buttons and Button's mom! My mama finks anipals come into owr lives fur da same reezons and yoor mom Buttons. I neber heard yoor story beefor. I am happy dat yoo gotz a furever home so gweat!

  2. What a sad first part of your life. We're so glad you and your new mom found each other.

  3. OH MY C - how could anyone abandon Buttons. I never realized all that before. I think your mom is right - God wanted you to go to her because she needed you so much, and you needed her too. It was meant to be.

  4. Me and mom both has the leaky eyes ofur here...

  5. I couldn't even read all your story Buttons, I'm sorry. My heart broke to hear of you and the poor kitty being treated that way, no animal should ever have to go thru that.

    I hope your kitty friend found a home as wonderful as the one your in. I'm so, so happy you have the best home now.

  6. Of course I know this wonderful story,I have followed u nd mum since before u arrived.I followed LexiLou too and agree with mum,u are a blessing.Thats why I call u my Smilemaker...Pasicuddles xx

  7. Oh Buttons you make me and momma just laugh and dis story, even tho we already knew it, made us cry - but den we laughed again cuz we sawd U smoochin UR giraffee! You is da cutest fing in da world and I lub U!!

  8. Hi Miz Buttons! *waves* It's me, Ody. Dad and I have read your story before, and Smokey told it to me many times. But it always brings a tear to our eyes. We think you're very brave to use your story to teach everyone about forever homes. Smooches to you and Momma. I know Lexi-Lou is watching out for you while sitting on Grandpa's lap.

  9. Oh Buttons, we sure are glad you founded your furever home at last. It has been pawsome knowin you and also we did know Lexi-lou too a little bit and of corse we knows Her Majesty Shawnee, Queen of New Joisey!!

  10. Okay, who would drop off the Buttons?!? Do WHA?!?! It's bitey time!

    Buttons, you are such a good guardian angel for your mom! Us critters have very important jobs and you do yours wonderfully!!

  11. Love your Blog and your cuteness!!! I am so glad that you and your mom have each other !! Soozi13

  12. I believe you are right that God put Buttons in your life. He could see that the two of you would be the perfect pair. He knew that heartaches would be coming your way and that this little creature full of unconditional love was just what you would need. Never forget that God spelled backwards is dog.

  13. *wipe tears*
    Nosekisses to you, your mom, shawnee & her mom, everybody who helped you.
    And special nosekiss for Lexi-Lou.


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