MEANT TO BE

Meant to Be

Wally came to the Shelter in the spring of 2013.  He and his owner were living in the man’s pickup truck and it had broken down in Salmon.  A local church opened their doors to the man and the Shelter opened its doors to Wally.  The original plan was the man would be in a rehab program for a few months and return for Wally.  Sometimes plans having a way of changing.  Wally found himself available for adoption.

Available for Adoption!

Available for Adoption!

Wally was approximately 2 years old when he entered the Shelter.  He is a Shar-Pei and German Shepherd mix.  Although he is a wonderful dog he exhibits traits that made him a little more difficult to place.  He is very loyal and friendly.  BUT he doesn’t always like every person who he comes in contact with.

Wally was somewhat depressed when he no longer had a pickup truck to call home or his man.  However, he learned to accept Shelter life.  He liked the 2 squares a day.  Rarely found a dog that he didn’t buddy up to.  And he loved to go on the daily dog runs!  He was often the Star of the Shelter Facebook page!

Wally is the Leader

Wally is the Leader

In the fall of 2013 Wally was one of 12 dogs taken to the Western Montana Humane Society adoptathon event in Missoula.  All the dogs were put through a regiment of behavioral tests before they could participate.  Well, Wally was the only one who didn’t pass.

It just so happened a Shelter Employee (Mike) was a transporter.  Wally liked Mike and he liked Mike even more after spending the night on the bed with Mike!

This bed is COMFY!

This bed is COMFY!

Mike felt terrible that Wally wasn’t going to find a home that weekend.  Wally didn’t seem fazed when he returned to a familiar place – the Salmon Animal Shelter.

Perhaps Wally already knew something that no one else did?

Mike had to quit working at the Shelter in January, 2014 because of back problems.  He always asked about Wally.

The winter and spring of 2014 came and went.  Wally showed the new Shelter dogs the ropes around the Shelter.  He was an outstanding leader on the daily walks!

Wally & His Friends

Wally & His Friends

In June it became clear that one of Mike’s rescue dogs named Gary was not long for this world.  Mike didn’t know hold old Gary was but his age was showing.  Ramps were built.  Trips to the vet were made.  Pain meds were increased.  Gary finally let Mike know it was “time.”  Mike had always told everyone that when he lost a dog he would be up at the Shelter to find a new soul waiting for a home.  Mike allowed himself a grieving period.  Then he went to go adopt Wally.

Ready for a Ride Anyone?

Ready for a Ride Anyone?

During this time a couple showed an interest in Wally.  They had a fenced yard and seemed like the perfect fit.  Mike didn’t have a fenced yard.  Mike decided their home would probably be better for Wally.  The trial weekend came and went with Wally remaining at the Shelter.

No Issues!

No Issues!

When the Shelter doors opened on Monday Mike was there to see how Wally interacted with his other 2 dogs.  NO ISSUES!!

Mike adopted Wally.

My Favorite Spot

My Favorite Spot

The President of the Humane Society knew Wally would end up with a single man.  Hmmm it appears Wally knew which single man he wanted for his own.

Wally adjusted perfectly to life in a house with no behavioral issues.  Period.  His only quirk is he is very protective of his new truck.  Given he called a truck “home” for two years Mike can work around that!

MY Truck!

MY Truck!

Now the question is asked.  Who saved who?  Most everyone would say Mike saved Wally.  However Mike disagrees.

Whoever saved who –

IT WAS MEANT TO BE!!!

Life is Good

Life is Good

One thought on “MEANT TO BE

  1. Jane O'Brien

    We think that Wally saved Mike because he was so sad after losing Gary! Now Wally has a new truck to protect and a new master to love and boss around!!!!

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