The Joys of Adopting a Rescue Dog

2013-01-10 11.00.37Milo staring at me, totally confused with why I had walked him up to the tree and then stood there, waiting. 

I recently told you that I was looking for a rescue dog to adopt.

Meet Milo:

After meeting a half dozen dogs who were sweet, it was love at first sight when I met Milo (then named Mingo).


2012-12-29 15.44.46A few hours after he was adopted, all scruffy before a real grooming. 

2012-12-29 15.59.00Within hours, he already knew he belonged with me and cuddled up as close as he could when I took him to meet Grandma & Grandpa. 

365 Project: 1/4/2013 Milo before his first groomer visitOne last picture before his first professional grooming to get rid of the matted fur on his face and ears, and to even up the uneven haircut he had received. 

2013-01-04 18.22.21All cleaned up!


2013-01-07 19.00.58Ready to head out into the rain or cold in his warm raincoat for one of our daily 3-4 walks! 

I saw Milo online and just had a feeling. I drove from the Central West End where I live to O’Fallon to meet him and knew as soon as they took him out of his crate that I had to take him home. He is everything I hoped for and after just 2 weeks, I can’t imagine my life without him.

Milo came from a farm in Boliver, MO that had about 40 dogs. The farmer agreed to give 12 dogs to rescue groups, and Milo was lucky enough to be one of them. From what I was told, Milo is about 2 years old and spent his whole life living outside. While we aren’t really sure what breeds he is, it is definitely one of the breeds that doesn’t tolerate the cold well and needs to live indoors. He was matted and dirty, but otherwise seemed to have been in good condition.

I feel so blessed to have found Milo.

I live in the Central West End and have met many people walking their dogs in the last two weeks. Most of them say their dogs were from rescue too, and many mention how even years later their dogs are still fearful or aloof to their owners.

Milo and I bonded that first day, and he has barely left my side since.

He follows me everywhere I go. He is totally housebroken…not peeing in the house even once. We’re still working on how he can tell me he wants to go out, but as long as I pay attention to how long it’s been since he ate, we’re hoping we won’t have any more mishaps in the house.

Milo loves people and dogs, though he gets a little nervous when they get close. We say hello to any people and canines we see and I’m sure the shyness will disappear quickly.

He’s learning to sit on command and lets me sleep in as late as I want. If we could only get him to potty on command so I don’t have to take long walks in the rain, life would be perfect.

If you find yourself spending too much time alone, or just love dogs and think one could bring joy to your life like Milo has to mine, please consider a rescue dog.

Take your time and meet a few dogs, and don’t feel guilty waiting for the right one. Someone else will feel the same way I do about every dog out there…and you’ll end up with the perfect addition to your family.


4 Responses

  1. What a great post Karen! Milo is adorable! All of our cats are adopted too. It is so nice when you get that feeling right off the bat when you meet the right animal to bring into your family.

    I hope to get to meet Milo in person soon!

  2. Karen Goodman says:

    Robyn, I can’t wait for you to meet him too. As soon as you feel better, let’s get together!

  3. Deena says:

    What a great story. We also have two rescue dogs, a Yorkie and a Miniature Pincher. The Yorkie got bigger than the people wanted him too (stupid people) and the Pincher was dumped out on our road year before last in a drought when there wasn’t even a mud puddle to drink out of. Well, they both have the life of leisure now. We love them and we take care of them like they are the most important dogs in the world as it should be. Milo is adorable Check out my blog to read all about farm life as a Missouri girl.

    • Karen Goodman says:

      I’m so glad to hear that to cutie pies found a better life with you. I’ll definitely check out your blog later tonight after I finish with work stuff.

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