Handsome fellow in his new, hand knit sweater
Two years ago today we added Mason to our family, thanks to the lovely folks at Muttville in San Francisco. We'd visited their adoption center the weekend before, where we had hoped to find a dog who could join our beloved Shadow in our hearts--we'd waited 6 months from when Shadow passed away and felt ready to add another heartbeat to our home.
At the shelter John sat down on a long sofa bed, and Mason trotted over and plopped down on his lap. Those big brown eyes and furrowed brow haunted us for days, even though a dachshund with severe back issues causing incontinence wasn't what we had envisaged! (We have since learned that Mason will trot over and plop down on ANYONE who sits on the sofa. Ahem.)
He has a pretty cushy life now!
And of course now we can envisage our lives without him. Thanks to Muttville for rescuing older dogs, offering foster and hospice services when needed. So often these older dogs are in shelters because their guardians have passed away, and the loved pets are heartbroken and confused. Or, like Mason a medical issue has become a deal breaker and the owners give the dog up for adoption. A few of them are strays, found wandering the streets.
If you love seeing photos of Mason (and who doesn't?) I've become active on Instagram--follow me (@janinebajus) to see more. Knitting, too, of course.