"I already had a dog who was two years old named Theodore. I had worked from home for a long time but was going back to working in an office. Theo was home longer hours alone, and very bored and lonely. My fiancé and I had decided getting a second dog would provide companionship and be a good idea.
So we went to our local shelter and were looking at young dogs, thinking that since Theo was still pretty young this would be a great idea. We tried meeting with a few dogs, and they kept telling us 'this dog was adopted today' or 'this dog is on a hold.' Theo is also a diva, so it was very important for us to find a dog he got along with. They brought one dog in, and Theodore was not having it. We knew that even though he fit our criteria, it wasn’t going to work.
We were going to leave, when an older woman who happened to be the shelter vet stopped me and said, 'did you adopt someone?!' I told her we hadn’t found anyone we wanted that was available or fit our other dogs personality. She said 'well, let me go back there with you.' We walked back there and at the very end, she says, 'did you see Chico?' I look in the kennel, and there’s this little old, frail, white tiny dog, with scars all over his face, who hadn’t at all caught my attention since he was older and very quiet. She told me he had been found beaten up pretty bad near the Mexican border (we lived in San Diego) & had been at the shelter for months.
They brought Chico into the room & it was like love at first sight between Chico & Theodore! They licked each other, sniffed each other, and were wagging their tails like there was no tomorrow. Chico came over to me, jumped into my lap and gave me this puppy dog look, & I just fell in love. And we took him home.
His name didn’t suit him very well. So after a few days of observing, I had the perfect name. Grandpa! He loves to sleep, eat, watch TV, & snore. He brings so much happiness and joy to everyone that meets him. Seeing the photos of when we first got him kills me, as it is clear he was abused very badly. But he is the happiest, most spoiled dog now. He is the king of our household & I wouldn’t have it any other way. -Kimberly" #seniordog