Member Story: Abandoned Pup Chooses Love

Wednesday, January 16, 2013 - 1:30pm

In July 2009, a special little dog with big brown eyes was found abandoned in a box outside Angels for Animals Animal Center in Canfield, Ohio, a participant in the 2011 ASPCA $100K Challenge. She was alone and in desperate need of a loving home. Luckily, Elizabeth Stark’s family decided to adopt the homeless pup and give her a fresh start.

They chose to call her Chooey, a name they picked to commemorate this sweet dog’s endearing snaggletooth. Elizabeth’s family also thought Chooey’s shiny blonde coat gave her a stylish look, so they adapted the spelling of her name to match the famed shoe designer, Jimmy Choo. One of Chooey’s favorite past times is to chew on her pet parents’ shoes, so the name is very fitting.

It didn’t take long before the Starks were head over heels for their furry new addition.

“How could anyone not enjoy the company of such a sweet little companion?” Elizabeth says. “Chooey is unlike any other dog I have ever encountered. Sometimes I’m not even sure if she is really a dog. She stretches like a cat, howls like a wolf, dances like a monkey, and smiles like a toddler.”

But whatever animal personality Chooey chooses, she is an energetic and steadfast companion.

“Sometimes the best things really do come in small packages—and they're covered with fur and filled with love,” Elizabeth says.

Did you adopt a homeless pet? Tell us about your furry friend in the comments.

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Richard/Linda G...

This is just to let all those working for animal good, that we have been adopting "rescues" for 46 yrs. NEVER had anthing else & while we are currently "animaless" after the passing of our last beloved dog, Tommy ( & it's driving us crazy ), we have a 6 wk. trip planned to Australia to visit family & can't, in all good conscience, adopt before coming back. But then we will be "back in business" with adult, older, often medical issues ( retired nurse here ), medium to lrge. sized dogs. Also going to adopt a black one for starters & later another one. I only recently learned that black critters are harder to adopt; I've never heard the reason, but #2 son has a black Lab. now. (#1 has an Akita puppy mill dog with literally THOUSANDS spent on her.)Hope to adopt a pair of kitties, too; again black.

So, keep the faith, adopt rescues & know we all are doing the "right" thing.I only wish I were younger & could work actively with rescue groups.


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