Happy Birthday, Jackson

Jackson’s mom and dad didn’t go to the pet store to buy a dog for their son’s birthday.  They went to the Downey Animal Shelter.  On this Sunday afternoon, I happened to arrive after one of the volunteers, Mary Lou, had found the perfect dog for Jackson.  How did she know who would be the one for him?  Well, she spends a lot of time getting to know the animals through different adoption programs.  Every other Saturday, many volunteers get together as organized by United Hope for Animals, and we take pictures for the Downey Shelter’s Facebook Page.  Baldwin Park Shelter has the same program.  They are uploaded to the page, along with a YouTube video showing just how great these animals are with people.  They concentrate on adoptable animals that would adapt to most situations.  Then, you know how Facebook is, you like the page, share the page with your friends, and before you know it, all the animals get adopted.  Well, that’s how it’s supposed to work.  I was shocked to find out that Downey has placed over 1,000 animals since January, and Baldwin Park 4,000 since they began.  I digress…

Sooooooo, Mary Lou spends time with the dogs while we are shooting pictures and gets to know them.  This particular Sunday, Jackson and his mom and dad show up to the shelter.  Mary Lou comments that she has just the dog for Jackson.  They spend time in the visiting area, and the dog goes home with them.

So, today is Jackson’s birthday…Happy Birthday, Jackson.  Lexi, the white Shepherd mix, is getting used to being part of the family.  She sleeps through the night on her bed.  When morning comes, Jackson lets Lexi and their Chihuahua, Mac, out and feeds them both.  Jackson loves lying on the floor, letting Lexi nuzzle and gently play with him.  Lexi already knows how to sit on command.  She’s quickly getting used being loved by her new family…thanks to Mary Lou.

There’s nothing like a boy and his dog(s).

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~ by joandayimages on July 30, 2012.

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