Kiko (Rescue 2017)
On Jan 1, 2015 our beloved golden retriever Simon died unexpectedly at home, he was just days away of his 10th birthday. We were so devastated.
Maddie and AJ were struggling with the loss. The next day we took a trip to the SPCA, thinking in some way it would ease the pain. We had no intention of bringing home another dog, we were still freshly grieving over our Simon. We walked in to the dog kennels and the first kennel we looked into there was Kiko. Kiko was surrendered to the SPCA just two hours before we got there. Kiko was barking and looked so sad. We read his file. Kiko was 18 months old and had lived in two different homes. His first owner kept him for less than a year. Then he give Kiko to another family because he did not have time for him. The new owner was a family with kids, similar ages to my children, Maddie and AJ. They took Kiko in but unfortunately by this point Kiko had developed such anxiety that he was destructive when left alone. The The new family kept him for about six months, most of that time he was kept outside because he was a "chewer".
Kiko's story was heartbreaking. We spoke with a behaviorist at the SPCA, she convinced us that we could teach him and modify his behavior. We adopted him and renamed him Kiko!!!
Kiko has been with us for over two year nows. While he is not a perfect dog, he is the perfect dog for us. We continue to work with him daily. I'm so glad we took the road trip to the SPCA that day. Who knows where Kiko may have ended up had we not. He has helped to fill the whole in our hearts left by Simon. I highly recommend rescuing a dog. It gives a joy in your heart that you can't get anywhere else.
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