Adopted November 29, 2007
Hi, it’s me Tommy (#1633). You may remember me as the irresistible boy with the Tickle me Elmo in my mouth back in November. I sure got just what I wanted for Christmas; a forever family to love me!
My foster dad, Scott, made the call on Thanksgiving Day, and boy was this family thankful he did! My new family made the trip from Bend to Portland the next day to meet me. I greeted them at the door with a stuffed animal and wagging tail. It was love at first sight (for all of us). They spent over an hour playing with me, and introducing me to my new brother, Riley, a ten-year-old Golden. When it was time for them to leave, I grabbed my toys and headed to the front door with them. Sadly, I had to wait overnight so my family could “think it over.” I knew they’d be back. The next day, we were on our way to my new home in Bend, Oregon.
After meeting me, my family decided I needed a more dignified name, so my shiny, new, heart-shaped dog tag now reads, “Truman.” I like my new name, and being as smart as I am, it didn’t take me long at all to learn it. None of us could believe how easy it was for me to join the family. It’s been 4 months, but I feel I’ve been here all my life. My brother, Riley, and I bonded right away. He’s been teaching me how to behave like a gentleman, and I’m teaching him how to play again! My cat brother, Oscar, likes me too. He thinks he’s a dog, so we’ve become pretty good buddies. There’s definitely no shortage of love or activity in my new home. I also have a human brother and sister, ages 3 and 7, who give me lots of attention. My new mom works from home, so I get to keep her feet warm while she works at her desk, and take lots of trips around town in the car. My new dad is the best! He likes to take me for runs at the local soccer field, and when my grandparents come to visit from Portland, we exercise on the golf course where I live. My favorite activity this winter has been playing in the snow. Who knew this cold, white stuff could be so much fun? I love making snow dog-angels; it makes my whole family laugh.
My family tells me I’m a real blessing. About a month before I was picked up wandering the streets of Marion County, my family lost one of their beloved Goldens, Parker, to cancer. He was only 9. They were very, very sad, and missed him terribly. When they saw my adorable photos on the Golden Bond website, their heartstrings were pulled. I’ve been told by many people that I have a spirit just like Parker. Thank goodness my new family had a home and hearts big enough for another golden boy. I have helped fill them both once again. It has been a win-win situation for all of us! We are all thankful I joined the family.
“You have turned my mourning into joyful dancing. You have taken away my clothes of mourning and clothed me with joy.” ~Psalm 30:11
(Received by my family through an e-mail on November 29th, 4 days after my adoption).