Happy Tails

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February 28, 2017

Fri February 26, 2016 my husband came home from work and I told him we were going to the THS - I had seen profile for a 10 week old retriever mix puppy online and wanted to see if he was the dog for us. And although that puppy was adorable there was something about the little guy across the aisle that captured our hearts. Preston (now Paddington) had me hooked from the moment I saw him. Anastasia interviewed us and made up the hold sign before we had even said yes (there was no doubt he was ours).

He came home with us on March 1st, through the foster-to-adopt program; he was from a reserve in Northern Ontario and had demodex along with a couple other health issues. On one of his check ups a biopsy from a small bump on his leg came back as questionable - my heart broke as we took our little guy in for surgery. The staff (especially Larissa from the foster department) was amazing during his foster process and not long after his surgery (which ended up being fine) we finalised his adoption. This past year has been full of new experiences for us and Paddington. He recovered so well from the demodex, that people often comment how beautiful his coat is. He’s a bit of a wild man, and in typical lab fashion he does everything with a great level of exuberance.

But as much as he loves stomping around and playing in his backyard or at daycamp (where he has even gotten to play with his brother - the dog that initially drew us down to THS that Friday), he is a big cuddle bug, who often forgets he has grown into a rather large dog and believes he belongs on our laps - where we are happy to let him stay while we pat his crazy ears. We can’t imagine what life would be like without our Paddington and are so thankful for THS having brought him into our lives.


Jenn and Sean