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The Specials: Adopting A One Of A Kind Dog

A few weeks ago I was scrolling through Facebook in search of cute furry animals while trying my best to avoid the sad stories that usually fill my feed. I was on my way home. My train was delayed for the second day in a row; I was tired, frustrated, and more than a little hangry.

But then I found Cletus.

Because one-of-a-kind dogs are awesome

Cletus is a tiny dog with a crooked nose, massive overbite (big smile) with deep brown eyes as wide as saucers. Several of the joints in his legs are fused, which makes him kind of shuffle. Originally a stray, Cletus was brought to Best Friends Pet Adoption/Spay Neuter Center in Los Angeles from the city shelter. He arrived with multiple health issues including a serious respiratory infection. A dose of antibiotics cleared up his infection, but nothing could be done about his joints. Little Cletus doesn't know (or care) that he is different. He is all spirit and spunk - a true one-of-a-kind dog!

Between his fancy footwork and charming personality, I was hooked. He also seemed to have a fondness for doggie sweaters (I love a well-dressed dog). I imagined he might make a wonderful companion for our own one-of-a-kind, fashion forward dog, Ruby! I immediately began to plan how I would convince my husband to make room for one more. But before I could begin my pitch (the following morning when he was still groggy and wouldn't fully understand what I was suggesting), I learned that Cletus had been adopted.

Photos used with permission of Lori Fusaro and Best Friends Animal Society

Adopting a one-of-a-kind dog

Mark and Summer had been searching for the perfect dog. And when Summer saw Cletus on Instagram, she felt he might be the one. Later that day Mark visited Cletus at Best Friends Adoption Center in Los Angeles. Although Cletus was shy at first, he soon shuffled over, tail wagging, and climbed into Mark's lap. Cletus was indeed the one!

Cletus loves his new home! Mark and Summer take him on regular outings to build his confidence and increase the strength in his legs. They report that he is quite the athlete and enjoys sprinting and leaping in the air at the dog park. His fashion sense has also continued and he now even has his very own giraffe costume!

Photos used with permission of Lori Fusaro and Best Friends Animal Society

Best Friends, where differences are celebrated

Special needs dogs and cats are among my favorites and I am delighted Cletus found such a perfect home! I have always been a fan of the underdog and attracted to those who others ignore or dismiss. Differences make life more interesting and dogs and cats extra special. All of my pets have been rescues, many of them special needs. Like Cletus, they have all been beautifully imperfect in their own unique ways, and for that I'm eternally grateful.

Best Friends is a magical place where one-of-a-kind animals are celebrated and given the second (or sometimes third or fourth) chances they deserve. I was fortunate to visit the sanctuary last summer and witness their unwavering dedication, compassion, and commitment to all animals, especially differently-abled and those with special needs. My time at Best Friends was both humbling and inspiring and truly changed the way I see the world.

Photos used with permission of Lori Fusaro and Best Friends Animal Society

Sadly dogs like Cletus are often euthanized. Shelters are filled with dogs and cats waiting for someone to see beyond their gray whiskers, special needs, and bruised hearts. Some of these animals have known loving homes but many others have not. They have much to share and when given a second chance, their gratitude and love is immense.

Please do not adopt an animal if you are unable or unwilling to provide a lifetime of loving and compassionate care. If you are ready for adoption, please consider fostering or adopting a one-of-a- kind pet with special needs because second chances are amazing whether you are on the giving or receiving side.

All photos in this post are used with permission of Lori Fusaro and Best Friends Animal Society. If you would like to learn more about the life-saving work of Best Friends, please visit their website and follow them on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook. If you want to learn more about my visit to Best Friends, check out my posts on the cats of Quincy House and the dogs of Fairway House.

Cletus is part of The Specials, an award-winning blog series focusing on special needs pet adoption. Senior pets, those with chronic medical issues, behavioral or temperament concerns as well as overlooked or misunderstood breeds like Pit Bulls and black cats. If not, for the courage and compassion of their adopters, many of these animals might have been euthanized in shelters or died alone and hungry on the streets. You can read more special needs adoption posts here.

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The Specials: Adopting A One Of A Kind Dog


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