Blog the Change – Our Adoption Story

In honor of Blog the Change today and National Adopt a Dog Month, I thought I’d spend this week highlighting Duke’s adoption story. We adopted him back in July, so it hasn’t been that long, but I still think it would be fun to share with you all! Stay tuned to our posts this week to learn more about Our Adoption Story!


Today, I want to highlight the rescue we adopted Duke from and the adoption process. Duke was adopted through Last Hope K9 Rescue based out of Massachusetts. We had a wonderful experience with them. Sam knows some people involved in the organization and when he heard they had a Boston Terrier coming through, he immediately connected with them.


First meeting our boy!

A little backstory on why we wanted a dog – We’d been talking about getting a dog for about 18 months before we got Duke. We’ve both had dogs growing up and were looking for a four legged member of our family. At the time, we were still in college so we were concerned about dog-friendly accommodations, finances, and time. We found a Boston Terrier through another rescue that we liked a lot and were all set to sign the papers when the rescue revealed some additional details about him that we weren’t comfortable with. It was more the sketchy process of it all than the dog.

Fast forward about another year and a half and now we’re out of school, with definite dog friendly accommodations, more money, and more time. We started looking for puppies, but after talking to enough of our relatives, we started realizing we could adopt a dog. Since this is our first dog as adults and we have limited funds and time, we were worried about taking on a dog with special needs – most of what we’d seen when it comes to adoptable Boston Terriers.

But then, a Boston Terrier mix came rolling through Last Hope, from Arkansas, on his way to New England. His pictures were so sad, I wish I had saved all of them. He looked so scared, but his previous fosters had said he loved to cuddle, was good with other dogs, cats, and kids, so we decided to take the plunge!


He’s a little weird now, but we love him!

And boy, oh boy, am I glad we did! I am a huge proponent of adopting dogs now. Duke is a wonderful companion and my heart breaks every time I think about what has happened to him previously (we don’t know) or thinking of him on the streets. I’m so happy we’ve been able to give him a happy home.

You can read about our trip to pick up Duke for the first time here

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9 thoughts on “Blog the Change – Our Adoption Story

  1. What a cutie! I feel the same way – it’s heartbreaking to think about what Rita went through before we adopted her. Poor thing was living on the “mean streets” in Mexico. So glad we found her, just as I’m sure you can’t imagine life without Duke!

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