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Pawmetto Lifeline
January 25, 2012

The pressure was on and everyone in the home could feel it.
The eldest son was about to turn 12 and we all knew what he wanted for his birthday.
The librarians at the school knew what he wanted. He researched for it online and in books.
The teachers and even the lunchroom staff at the school knew what he wanted. He polled other people about it.
God knew what he wanted for his birthday. Our son prayed for it for months.
Everyone, it seemed, knew what he wanted.
It was not a fancy video game. It was not a cool pair of heelies.
He wanted a dog.
Did not have to be a fancy dog, or papered. Did not have to be photogenic.
It just had to be a great dog.
After weeks of scouring at the Humane Society and the internet, after visits to about 30 dogs who for some sad reason or another, just didn’t seem to be able to fit into our family, we finally went to Petsmart for the Project Pet adopt-a-thon. On May 5th, just 2 days before he turned 12, my son practically drooled over every dog and cat in Petsmart. His dad and I read all the info on the dogs listed on the cages. At first, I scratched all the dogs behind the ears and then talked to them.
There was one particular older dog who, as soon as I touched his fur, leaned his graying muzzle into my hand and laid down.
I called my husband over and asked him his opinion; however, my mind was made up. I called my son over and let him visit with the 8-year-old dog. Tail wagging, droopy eyed with one cataract forming, this red furred beagle basset hound mix fell in love with my son and vice versa. Even the fact that the dog had heartworms didn’t deter us. Project Pet affirmed to us that they were treating the dog and he should be fine.
With that in mind, Tundra became an integral part of our family. Tundra is such a laid-back dog, it’s almost comical. He doesn’t chew on anything except his food and his tail. Always wags his tail happily, sleeps on the pillow with the self-confidence of one who knows his innate right to be there. Housebroken, though he isn’t exactly excited about the crate, Tundra accepts the times we need to leave without him, and is excited when we come home. He loves to go for walks and explore. He enjoys meeting other people and dogs. He isn’t aggressive, but neither is he a scaredy dog. He’s a self confident old man who doesn't look for trouble, just friendship and fun. Tundra gets along with cats, fish, birds, people, other dogs…but he does not like flies for some reason.
Every night, when I check on my boys as they sleep, I find Tundra on one or the other boy’s beds, cuddled and happy in their arms, with his head firmly on the pillow. When I wake up in the morning, Tundra is at the foot of my bed, usually snoring. He’s a loyal companion who has made our hearts and home a happier place. Tundra’s sunshine personality brightens my sons’ world and ours as well.
We were a little nervous when we looked for dogs because our eldest son has autism, but our fears proved groundless. Tundra could not be a better dog for our son, who adores every hair on his dog’s graying muzzle. They are inseparable, and it truly has made a lasting impact on our family’ life.
We cannot thank Project Pet enough for helping us find the right one for us! We want to adopt again soon, now we have bought our first home. Tundra enjoys his yard, and has recently made his presence known to all in the neighborhood. The kids adore him almost as much as we do, and the parents like him for being such a great playmate for the children. Tundra is now almost 15 and we have had some of the best years of our lives, thanks to Pawmetto lifeline and the great work they do.

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Life-changing

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Definitely

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Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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