Blogs and Stories
February 29, 2020
Amy Wade Carotenuto

Lilly Lou Pickles & Felicia

During my 35 year career in animal welfare I have adopted many, many pets. I’ve always told friends, colleagues and customers how much I loved adopting older dogs. You know their personality type, they are already house trained, they don’t chew things anymore. For years I’ve proclaimed “I’ll never get a puppy again, I’m too old to deal with all the puppy behavior.”

Well, all that talk went out the window three months ago when FHS received a litter of seven tiny pitbull puppies. They were skinny, sickly, wormy orphans, too small to be away from Momma. They had been neglected. Our foster coordinator quickly found foster homes for five of them. I volunteered to foster the last two. Anytime you foster a sickly animal (and I’m sure other foster families would agree with me on this) you become very bonded as you dutifully nurture and medicate them to bring them back to health.

The babies that I had at home were quickly accepted by our pack. My husband also fell in love with them instantly. So I became what we jokingly call a foster failure; a foster parent who fails to bring the animals back, but adopts them instead.

Lilly Lou Pickles and Felicia are now part of our household. As I watch the two play together, snuggle together, learn together and grow together. I see how happy they are to be a pair. I’ve heard people say that if you adopt two animals together they won’t bond as much with their humans. That’s hooey. These girls are still very much bonded with my husband and I, but they have each other. When we’re at work all day, I know that they are content and playing together. As far as the effort, it’s really no more labor intensive to house train two, to feed two. The joy is however is tenfold. We have had so many laughs watching these two chase and roll each other around the yard. Palm trees are their obstacle course, the older dogs are their teachers. Knock on wood, since they have each other to play with, I haven’t lost one shoe yet!

If you’re considering bringing a puppy or kitten into your household, take two, they’re small!

Flagler Humane Society and many shelters regularly offer BOGO - Buy (Adopt) One, Get One or sibling kittens and puppies.