Ace was brought to the shelter on 12/23/14- just 2 days before Christmas. Animal Control had picked him up, and by the looks of him he had been roaming the streets for a while. He was very underweight, as if he'd beenstarving while living on the streets. I knew my friends in Ohio were looking to adopt an adult dog to add to their family, so when they saw Ace's photo I received an immediate response: “That’s our boy, we want him". They understood they'd have to wait and see if anyone claimed him before they could adopt him. And just to make sure "they were sure", I began sending them more pictures and comments about Ace's personality as I spent time getting to know him. My friend’s response was: “We are sure, this is the dog we are meant to save and we are excited about adding him to our family. Can we name him Ace?" (And that's how Ace got his name.) They submitted the adoption paperwork/ fee and Ace was neutered. I brought Ace home to foster until we could arrange his flight to Ohio. Shortly after I brought him home he developed kennel cough, so I got him treatment him for it and he recovered. Ace seemed like a loner to me, because at first he didn't want to engage with my dogs and he seemed more comfortable hiding in his crate then hanging out in the living room. Each day Ace seemed a little more trusting and a little more social and curious about exploring the house. He was putting on weight and getting healthier. On Saturday, Jan 10th Ace flew to Ohio to meet his new family. My friends called me as soon as they picked him up from the airport, exclaiming “He is perfect and we love him already!". That evening they walked Ace along with his Golden retriever brother Pete . At first, Ace wasn't sure about snow. He would limp when it would get caught in his paws but now he loves snow. Ace also loves laying on the couch and has really come out of his shell. Ace and Pete have become best buds.
This wasn't your normal adoption, and so many things could have gone wrong. I worried that Ace wouldn't fit in with their family and what would we do then? All my worries were put to rest with the continuous updates and photos I receive about Ace. Here, Ace was just another stray/unwanted pet, but now he is part of a loving family........and a Buckeye!
Thank you Ralph and Ben for opting to adopt and giving Ace the home he deserves.
( The top left picture was taken at the Conroe Animal Adoption Center shortly after Ace arrived)