“In September 2015 my family adopted Fez, which we renamed Owen, and in November 2015 we adopted Sprite, now named Oletta from Camden County Animal Shelter. We had bought our first house and knew something was missing and a dog was the answer.
Our first few months with Owen were less than ideal as he was a nervous, scared and an anxious 11 month old Pitbull/Boxer. He wasn’t sure if he was home forever or if he would end up back in a shelter cage. As we started our lives as a family of three we all went through a change to learn about each other and how to teach an animal that can’t speak or understand English that he is safe and home forever.
When we adopted Oletta, a Pitbull, in November we found ourselves with two puppies to teach about love, life and forever. Oletta was in worse shape than we imagined when we finally got her home. She was suspected of being used as a bait dog before she was found as a stray. She had mange and a burn on her back, among other obvious signs of abuse and neglect, not to mention the emotional and mental scars that seem to still show themselves today in small glimpses.
Today however, we have two loving, caring and protective dogs that we could not imagine life without. Being greeted every day with wagging tails, endless kisses and cuddles is a priceless treasure that I hope everyone has a chance to experience. The gentle nature and sweet disposition of both Owen and Oletta make them a favorite anywhere they are taken. They enjoy car rides, dog parks, tennis balls and long naps in their Mama and Papa’s bed, always together. They love meeting new people, snowy days, treats, and walks, Chinese food take out white rice, looking out the window for hours, occasionally being naughty and cuddles.
Thank you for bringing these two members of our family into our lives. We are forever grateful and spread the word of animal adoption and Camden County Animal Shelter whenever possible.” Alyssa Engstrom-Dougherty