I’m going to tell the story of when I met Shamrock Powers. His story brings love, hope, and energy to this world and I hope by sharing his story, others will want to begin their own stories with a new pet in their home. That’s Shamrock in the picture above. That was the first day we met and our first of many walks together.
The owner of the license plate above is a kind, loving, and caring man. His name, Ian. I met Ian during a meet and greet and how it went was memorable. I was on my way to his house and I always think, “How is this dog going to be?” There are so many dogs in this world and we are blessed to meet, walk, and board a small chunk of them. As I was walking towards the front door, I could hear heavy breathing and then I hear Ian’s voice welcoming me in. He opened the door and let Shamrock pounce on me. That was the first test. I knew he wanted to see how I would handle a big dog like Shamrock. Good thing I love dogs and didn’t mind all of the love Shamrock was giving to me.
I proceeded to walk into the house and Shamrock continued to show me love. I sat down and Shamrock brought me one of his toys. He didn’t want me to touch it, he just wanted to show me. I could tell he was happy so far with how I was handling a hyper dog like Shamrock. Not many people can handle a dog pawing at you strongly and pushing you while showing you affection. Ian and I started to talk and he told me what exactly he was looking for. He wanted to find Shamrock a consistent dog walker and I was up for the challenge.
He then finished telling me more about Shamrock and mentioned that he adopted him from the shelter. I then realized, that’s why he’s so protective of him. Shamrock was enclosed in a small section in a shelter and Ian wanted to make sure Shamrock lived a completely different life than before.
WHAT IAN WAS LOOKING FOR
Ian was very precise in what he was looking for in his dog walker. He was looking for someone to love Shamrock as much as he does. I wasn’t Shamrock’s first walker. He told me what happened with his last dog walker and I thought it was crazy and hilarious. The last dog walker wanted to change who Shamrock was. Ian didn’t like that. She told Ian that Shamrock had behavioral issues and she was going to help train him. Ian told me he laughed when she said that and he said, “No. No you’re not going to train him.” She was then fired.
He loves who Shamrock is and doesn’t want anyone to “correct” him. I found that amazing and I was happy to hear him stick up for Shamrock. After that, Ian said, “ If Shamrock isn’t doing well and you feel you need to teach him something, bring him home first and then we can discuss it.” PERFECT! I was more than happy with that and glad to hear he would be open to the idea, if handled properly. Dog lovers love their pets, flaws and all, and Ian wasn’t going to let anyone change the dog he chose.
SHAMROCK’S TREASURE CLOSET
Shamrock is so loved, he has a closet of treats. Not just a bucket or a small box of treats, but a closet. Ian walked me over to the closet to show me and I was in awe. There was about ten different treats in there. Spoiled? I think so, and Ian wanted to make sure of it. I couldn’t believe how much love he had for this dog. It was beautiful. He wants to make sure Shamrock lives a great life and what’s a dog’s life without treats?
THE TEST RUN
Ian wanted us to take Shamrock on a test walk and told me he wanted us to avoid walking off-leash around neighborhoods. He mentioned his last dog unfortunately passed away from a car accident. I told him we NEVER let dogs go off-leash around cars exactly for that reason. We want to ensure the safety of our dogs and bring them back home safely to their families.
Ian showed me where his leash was and put it on Shamrock. He wanted to know if we crated dogs in the car and we told him we didn’t. We only cage off a huge portion of the van so they can roam comfortably. He was happy to hear that and off we went.
Two months later, we are still walking him twice a week and he is currently boarding with us until July 12th.
We just came back from Oyster Bay Regional Shoreline and it was so much fun. Shamrock needs these kind of walks and this place is a great to unleash all the energy he has.
Shamrock is the best at finding balls during his walks and tearing them up in seconds. He found two balls today. The picture below is from a past walk.
ADOPTED AND LOVED
Here are couple of reasons an adopted pet might be a better choice:
Shamrock is an adopted pet. Being adopted can difficult for some and with the right love and care, they can be a great addition to you and your family.
- You don’t have to waste time training, some are already fully trained.
- Adopting a pet is cheaper than buying from a kennel
- A mixed breed lives longer. More for your money.
- YOU GET TO BE THE DOG’S BIGGEST HERO
Ian proudly wears this sticker on his car and so can you.
Adopt Don’t Shop! There is so much love needed!