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Sammy & Griffyn: It Was Meant To Be

Your name: Sammy

Your dog's name: Griffyn

Your location: Junction City, OR

What made you decide to rescue a dog (as opposed to buying one)? My husband and I had always wanted to rescue because there has always been a huge need in the pitbull community and we had experience with the breed with my mom's pittie, Harley. Our eldest pup, Athena, landed in our lap because our friend had a litter of blue nose pups and Athena was the last to get picked (luckily for us!). We did not buy her but she is the product of backyard breeding and we have seen first hand how poor breeding affects these babies lifelong. Jump to now, at the start of 2020, we were a solid pack of 3 dogs and a feline that swore he was a big dog too. The feline passed away in August, Harley right behind him 10 days later. And our brother's dog, Jeter who had been with us for two and a half years temporarily, went back home (yay, right?!). But that left Thee all by herself and let me tell you that was not an easy few weeks.

How did you come to find your rescue dog and how did you know he/she was 'the one'? My husband, Jake, saw him on a local rescue's Facebook page. He had this big meaty grin in his picture they posted that we just absolutely fell in love. But at the time he had not yet been fully vetted, so we didn't know much about him so we kind of didn't think much about it until my friend saw his photo on the same rescue's page and was like OMG I need him 💔 so I tagged along with her to go meet him, I fell so fricken hard for this big guy that it killed me to be there knowing he couldn't come home with me. He had come from a shelter in Fresno, CA - on his euthanasia date someone pulled him and brought him to MM, thank goodness!!!! Anyway, my friend has a 2 year old at home and he simply has no clue how big he is and would spend a lot of time knocking the wobbly toddler over. So my friend ended up passing on him! I knew right then it was meant to be. I got my hubby out there to meet him and it was all over from there.

If applicable, please name the rescue/shelter your dog came from. Many Miles Pet Rescue

If you and your pup had an entire day to do only fun things together, what would your day look like? Car ride out to a fun trail for all the sniffs! Puppacinnos, new toys, drive by meet n greets with the family he hasn't gotten to meet. Finished out with disney movies and couch snuggles 🥰

If you had two magic minutes where your dog could understand everything you said, what would you tell her/him? You came into our lives at the most imperfectly perfect moment in time. We didn't know how much we needed you, until we had you and we will give you the best life you could ever imagine.

What would be your dog's theme song? Ruff Ryder's Anthem

How does your pup make your life better? I smile so much now that our family is complete. My heart is truly full.

What do you want the world to know about rescuing a dog? Everything about it is worth it. The love you get from your rescue is unlike any you've ever had. It's pretty incredible.

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