My new shelter dog. ~ Todd Mayville.

Via Todd Mayville
on Feb 15, 2009
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Let me start out by saying that I’m a cat person.  Now, I have absolutely nothing against dogs at all, but I’ve tended to prefer cats for a pet: quieter, cleaner, more independent.  There have been plenty of dogs that I’ve liked and a few that I’ve loved; I even owned a beagle when I was in high school.  However, when the subject of getting a pet would come up in my family, I would always say that I intended to get a couple of cats; last year I picked some carrier crates, dishes, litter boxes, and a big-ass tree thing for cats to play on/in, figuring I’d get a couple of felines before 2009 was out.  So imagine my surprise when I came home with a dog on Valentine’s Day.  My son had spent the morning doing some volunteer work at the Boulder Humane Society, and while he was there, I had gone to the Humane Society’s webpage to check out what cats were available; I found two I liked, and so when I went to pick up my son, I decided to check out the cats for myself.  For various reasons, neither cat happened to be there, so on a whim, I decided to wander through the dog section, just to see what kinds of dogs were there.  I saw a few different ones, but then one just jumped out at me… almost literally.  He had a big ol’ doggy smile and was super friendly… I was hooked. But I played it cool and decided that I had to think about it first, so my son and I went down the road to Ozo Coffee to get a cup of coffee and some lunch.  My son knew something was up, but didn’t know what– I hadn’t told him what I was thinking about until we were part way through our lunch.  After that, my son couldn’t “help” me drink my coffee fast enough for fear that someone would come and get “his” dog before we could get back there.  I reminded him that I hadn’t decided yet; that I was just thinking about it.  So it was back to the shelter, and then a bit of a wait before we got to meet Franky and find out more about him.  Turns out he’s the coolest dog in Colorado (sorry Redford!): great with kids, super chill when we’re feeling mellow, and goofy and hyper when we’re feeling a bit more energetic.  So, long story short, we walked out of the shelter with a furry, four-legged addition to our family.  Any doubts I had about whether or not I’d made the right decision were immediately erased when I looked in the back seat and saw my son cuddled up to our new dog, the pooch happily licking his face.  This isn’t the first time I’ve owned a pet from a shelter.  In fact, I’ve always chosen to get my pets from a shelter, and was very proud to hear President Obama say that the puppy he is getting for his daughters will come from a shelter as well.  There isn’t likely a greater contribution that someone can make to another creature of our planet than to adopt from an animal shelter.  With so many dogs and cats waiting for a home, why adopt from anywhere else?


About Todd Mayville

Todd is a single dad of four diverse and lively kids, and is an English teacher and climbing team coach at a local public high school. A rock climber, cyclist and avid reader, Todd also practices yoga and meditation as often as he possibly can, which helps him stay at least a little centered and sane.


6 Responses to “My new shelter dog. ~ Todd Mayville.”

  1. Heidi says:

    Well, Todd, I got my doggy from a pet store. In my defense, there is a bit of a sad story that goes with him. I got a Lhasa Apso puppy. He was much older than the rest of the puppies at the store. His eyes were a little messed up ( one sort of looks off in the other direction), but he was the cutest thing! I asked the girl what was going to happen to him if no one bought him (he had been there for several months). She told me they would send him back to the breeder, which was clear across the country in Montana or Missouri (i can’t quite remember now). Well, Micco (that’s what we named him) knew exactly what to do. When I picked him up, he put his head on my shoulder and went to sleep. He has always been a cuddler. I got him for half price, but that was still quite a lot. My OTHER dog was an adoption from a shelter. I guess my point is, pet store pups need love too! It was a moment of weakness, since my 13 year old daughter was with me and begged me til I couldn’t stand it, I gave in.

  2. Lynn says:

    Stoked to meet (him?) when we’re out there. (although bummed it’s not also your vacation! poor timing!). I just love dogs.

  3. Rose says:

    Franky is cool….however Bellatrix is the COOLEST! lol… Unfortunately she’s a spaz around Ronnie. Anyway I’m glad things are going great with Franky

  4. Rose says:

    So Mayville, what do you think of Obama’s Portuguese Water Dog? You know the one that didn’t come from s shelter, but came from a breeder.

  5. heather grimes says:

    Sounds like your doggy found a great home!