The Bigger the Dog, the Bigger the Heart

by SummerHuggins • Posted in: Awareness/ PR, Pets Needing Homes

Don’t pass these awesome dogs by

We met Thunder five years ago. He was six years old at the time and weighed about 60 pounds. As handsome as he was, he was getting passed by day after day as families took home smaller dogs and young puppies.

I had never had such a large dog, living for the last 14 years with two Miniature Pinschers and two cats. But the more we learned about Thunder, the more we loved him and wanted him to have a great home. Turns out that great home would be ours, and we haven’t regretted it for a minute.

Thunder’s story is one we hear all too often: He had lived with a family since he was a puppy, but circumstances spiraled out of their control. They were forced to move to a tiny apartment and simply couldn’t take him with them. As sad as it was for him, getting to bring him home with us was a true joy! He was already housebroken. He knew how to sit and shake and ask to go outside. He has never chewed up a single shoe or piece of furniture.

Five years later, older and larger dogs like Thunder are still getting passed by in the shelter environment — sometimes that means they’re not making it out alive. But if you pass them by, you’re passing by some pretty amazing dogs, dogs that are well beyond that up-all-night, chew-on-everything, pee-everywhere stage.

Over the next few weeks, we’re going to introduce you to dogs like Matilda, Jessica Simpson and Patricia. These dogs have big hearts to go with their big size. They are older, which translates to wiser and calmer in many ways. They’re looking for homes with lots of love to give, plenty of treats in stock and a neighborhood walk penciled into the day’s schedule.

3 Responses to "The Bigger the Dog, the Bigger the Heart"

  1. Linda Rulifsonsays: February 7, 2012 at 1:42 pm

    I work at the APA/TLAC location where these three dogs are located and I can tell you that any one of them would be an absolutely fantastic addition to a family. I have a large older dog (she is now 10+ years) and cannot imagine my life without her. She brings me joy every day through good times and bad. Please consider a large older dog. Their whole being shines with love when they look in your eyes.

  2. Noenasays: February 7, 2012 at 4:06 pm

    I have always had large dogs. When well trained, they are aware of their size, gentle, eager to please. My first huge dog was Kimba who was a great dane. She had heart problems and did not live very long, but the short time she spent with me changed my life for the better. My next foray into big dog adoption came when I saw Rose, a pit bull mix who licked my hand ever so gently and looked longingly at me. I took her home and she lived until she was 9 years old and got cancer. While Rose was alive, we adopted a shar pei mix Sofi, Sofi always had lupus and when she died, Rose followed soon after. Then there was Kupono, my amazing pit bull therapy dog. He was an angel spirit who died of Lymphoma in 2010. I now have a very large Red Bone Coon Hound named Tru. He is only a year and five months old, he is gentle, sweet and truly my best friend in the world! Please consider adopting a large breed dog today.

    And those of you who will not change your circumstances in order to keep your furry family member, shame on you! Would you do that to one of your children? I hope not!

  3. WonderDawgsays: February 7, 2012 at 11:14 pm

    Words spoken with wisdom; adopt a dog no matter what size as they are so appreciative with their unconditional love. Dogs like Thunder live in the moment and they just want to be alongside their master as a comforter, protector and doggie soul mate. Don’t pass by this opportunity to share your love.