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Kim & Nash: I Can't Imagine My Life Without Him Next to Me

Your name: Kim Sperlin

Your dog's name: Nash

Your location: Truckee, CA

What made you decide to rescue a dog (as opposed to buying one)? I've always wanted to help those in the shelter rather that buy. I got my parents to rescue before I even got my own dog.

How did you come to find your rescue dog and how did you know he/she was 'the one'? I volunteered at our local shelter for a long time. My now husband and I were continually looking online at the animals and started to meet specific ones when we knew it was time for a dog of our own. We had met a few, but none quite clicked yet. My brother and sister-in-law were in town and asked to visit the shelter to help us pick. There was a new dog I had recently seen on the website that I wanted to meet so we went there after lunch. Upon first meeting Nash, then named Scooby, he just sat right in our laps and just wanted love. My husband was working at the time so we told him to meet us at the shelter when he got off work. When we arrived to meet him, Nash was sitting in his lap as well. We were sold right away.

If applicable, please name the rescue/shelter (and location) your dog came from. Humane Society of Truckee-Tahoe

If you and your pup had an entire day to do only fun things together, what would your day look like? Definitely some lazy time and then some exercise. If it's summer, a nice hike where Nash can swim because it's his favorite. Or if it's winter, typically a walk around the neighborhood. As long as he's coming with, he really doesn't care what we do.

If you had two magic minutes where your dog could understand everything you said, what would you tell her/him? I love you, you're my best friend, and I would ask if he understands everything I say.

What would be your dog's theme song? This is a shockingly difficult question. Anything that shows that he's a big loving goofball.

How does your pup make your life better? Just being there for me. My husband was gone for 6 months and Nash was my emotional support animal, literally. I can't imagine my life without him next to me.

What do you want the world to know about rescuing a dog? Just because they are in a shelter does not make them a bad dog. We adopted Nash at 1 1/2 years old and were able to still fully train him and help him adjust into our lives. Rescuing is totally worth it, you just have to find your match.

Anything else we should know? Nash loves every creature he meets and always comes up with his goofy smile. His smile has definitely scared some since it looks like a growl but they learn quickly that he's excited and smiling. Also, Nash hates the camera so all of our photos of him are usually from interesting angles.

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