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I adopted what qualified as “less adoptable pets”—middle-aged, black mutts. They’ve been, no surprise to most Bark readers, amazing companions. So I was thrilled to hear about PetFinder’s initiative—Adopt A Less Adoptable Pet Week (which started yesterday)—to bring dogs like mine together with loving, responsible families. The idea is that Petfinder member shelters and rescues nominate a special, hard-to-place companion animal for a little high-profile push. Meanwhile, we all make the effort to spread the word about these future star pals.
I went to peruse the gallery of specially designated pets and discovered Nicholas in the Ozarks, a dog who’d been dumped on the street and suffered intestinal trauma but managed to live a fairly normal, fairly pain-free life thanks to a special diet and a foster home. I clicked through the links to his profile , planning to do my part to get him the home he richly deserved, and discovered he “crossed the Rainbow Bridge” on September 15.
Adopt A Less Adoptable Pet Week came too late for Nicholas. But there are other dogs (and cats)—old, sick, injured, shy, reactive, or just breeds with bad reputations—who need special attention, patience. This is their week. Rest in peace, Nicholas.