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  • Katie Aspin

I'm (Finally) a Dog Mom!

If I had a dollar for every time someone asked me, "When are you going to get a dog of your own?," I could have honestly probably retired by now.

Anyone that knows me knows that I basically love dogs more than people. I've been called a "dog whisperer" and will always be the first to offer to dog sit if you ever need a helping hand. However, because of my job, I work anywhere from 8-14 hours a day depending on the time of the year and I wasn't going to knowingly put a dog into that type of situation. A pup deserves to spend their days playing with toys, rolling around in the grass, going for walks and taking trips to Starbucks (hello pup cups); not a life where they spend their days alone. Therefore, until my mom could move to Georgia permanently to help, I knew I would have to (impatiently) wait.

Well folks...the wait is finally over!

I would like to introduce you to Rusty! I first got him on February 15th as part of a foster-to-adopt trial period but now it's officially official so I can finally talk about it and I could not be happier. While him and I had a couple small challenges early on, I had to remember that this was a new situation for the both of us and to be patient with him. Now, I think we are finally starting to hit our groove and get into a routine. On a side note, he loves blankets and sleeping so we are basically perfect for each other.

While I can honestly say that I love each and every dog out there, I have always been an #adoptdontshop kind of girl. When I first saw Rusty early on in 2023 as I was looking at the Ozzie Albies Foundation instagram page, I immediately thought he was adorable (you can ask my family and co-workers; I basically annoyed them with pictures/videos of Rusty) and knew that I wanted to give him his forever home if the timing were to work out.

I hate that he wasn't able to find his forever home before now but I am thankful it worked out and that I was able to adopt him.

I do have to give special shout outs to the Ozzie Albies Foundation and Mirror Image K9. I honestly cannot say enough about them. I could not have done any of this without the support and resources that they have provided to make Rusty as comfortable as possible in a new home. If you want to learn more about these amazing organizations donate, please visit their websites!

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