Oh Frat Boy

We rescued Frat Boy eight years this week. Hard to believe. In celebration, I’m reprinting the story of how we adopted him. Leave me a comment (would love to hear about your pet) and I’ll draw a few names for your choice of a book from my backlist!

So we left the mountain …

And drove.

And drove …

We were headed to a woman who lives out in the middle of nowhere, and I mean NOWHERE, and she rescues animals.

Any animal in need is welcome.

Even really funny looking ones.

To be honest, we went because we’d heard through the grapevine that she’d rescued two yellow lab puppies. And she had. She’d rescued two puppies out of a horrible situation.

But the golden wasn’t who stole our hearts. Nope, it was her little baby brother. The runt of the litter.

He was filthy and living in a hovel. And the minute he saw us, he came alive. Wriggling, happy, loving. All you had to do was touch him and he writhed in joy and dropped to the floor for a belly rub.

And once he was picked up by the teenagers and loved up by them, he didn’t want to get down.

So we never put him down again. Meet Frat Boy…

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  1. That’s so sweet. Both my cats are rescues – one from the Humane Society & one from my husband’s co-worker who had just moved in with someone who was allergic to cats. They are now 15 & 18 years old respectively and I’d be lost without them. Frat Boy definitely lucked out with your family, it’s obvious it was more than love at first sight for all of you – the heart always knows.

  2. I haven’t had a pet for a long time. I had a toy poodle who didn’t know he was a dog.

    Right now I have my hubby. My plan is if I outlive him to get a toy poodle in his place.

  3. I lived in an apartment so I had a small dog. She is a corgi/ Pomeranian mix. After I bought s house with a large yard I thought I needed a big dog for protection. I went to a shelter day at a pet smart to look for one. I came home with Lucy. A chi/beagle mix.! Oh well.

  4. Aww what a sweet and wonderful story!! I got my beautiful BUDDY this way. A friend of mine got him for his dysfunctional girlfriend who then took off in search of drugs and left an 8 week old puppy. I lived close to my apt and could walk home at lunch to feed him and take him out so off and on for 3 months I took care of him….. and fell in love. The next time I took him, I told my friend I wasn’t giving him back… and I didn’t. In my heart I feel I rescued buddy:)) he’s a chocolate Labrador

  5. We decided on our Boomer when he grabbed my daughter’s flip flop and ran around the house while we chased him. We could have sworn that he was smiling at us as the chase continued! We’ve had Boomer for eleven years and pray for many more years to come!

  6. I too have a rescue fur-baby. Her name is Lily. She is a purebred Australian shepherd who was given up twice by the age of five for been “too” needy! She suffer from axienty from being left in a crate for very long period of time. In 2012 she came to me and she found her forever home and I have the light of my life. She brings so much more to me then I ever could to her. I can’t image my life without her. Congratulations to Frat boy on finding his forever home with your family.

  7. Frat Boy brought me to Jill Shalvis, her wonderful family, and her exceptional writing. Happy Eighth “Getting Day”!

  8. We adopted Daphne in March of 2016. First adoption from a rescue group. She is the best and most ornery of any of the dogs we’ve ever had. And I wouldn’t trade her for the world! I’ll always go back to rescue for adoption.

  9. Today is the 7th anniversary of our adopting our Milo…

    A week prior, we’d visited my mom for her birthday and needed more dog food for our dog. The local PetSmart was holding an adoption weekend–I refused to go near the dogs (I’d take them all home), but my husband wanders over. When I meet him outside later, he had a sad expression that I’d never seen before. I asked him about it and he told me about the most precious scruffy black dog he’d ever seen and how it had rubbed its face against his beard. I adamantly said no. We have a dog; the new semester is starting and we don’t have the right amount of time to devote to a new baby. He reluctantly agreed but pouted all night. I felt so guilty–my husband never asks for anything–that I relented in the morning. My mom called the local Humane Society and ran interference for us that week. And by the following Saturday, we drove back down and adopted the scruffy bugger.

    It was the best mind-change decision I’ve ever made.

  10. All of my fur babies are rescues. Idiots drop cats off out in the boondocks where I live…People are cruel!…..one cat leads to another, leads to another….just like chips, chocolate or cookies! One of cats was named Cookie & when the bear broke into our home….Cookie mysteriously disappeared! We don’t like to think about the ending to that story!!

  11. Aww. That’s so sweet. We have a rescue also named Baby Bert. She was only supposed to be 45 pounds according to the rescue society but is instead 80 pounds. She’s a lab, retriever and hound mix.

  12. My husband and I were out on our motorcycle one day and we had to stop quickly for something and so we pulled into the first place we saw and it was a pet store, We rescued our black cat 12 years ago from this horrible pet store. he was in the tiniest of cages and he’s been there for about two months so we brought him home in a motorcycle helmet! They didn’t even have a box or anything for him he was so tiny he fit right in the helmet and I held him while my hubby drove us very slowly and carefully home he’s been the love of our lives ever sonce!! He’s the absolute best cat we’ve ever had! I think he knows that we rescued him😻

  13. I have 2 super sweet and crazy wheaten terriers named Deeks and Lucy. Life is always an adventure with them around. Last month I lost my adorable 17 year old rescue cat. She was a special girl who looked like a kitten her who life and was loved by everyone. Pets are the best!!

  14. Thank you for rescuing rather than buying from a store or a backyard breeder. In my neighborhood, lots of people seem to favor designer dogs; they then moan about their health issues, where rescued, mixed breeds don’t have that problem. (You can’t fix stupid, apparently.)

    We’ve rescued eight cats and one dog in our lives together; all brought so much unconditional love to us. We know we were rescued, not them.

  15. We have Willie, an English/American bull dog mix. He rules the house and is the love of our lives, not to mention hysterical.

  16. My girl was rescued from a shelter so I don’t know about her previous life. She was a senior when I got her and the sweetest, most loving, laid back dog you could ever imagine having. She was right at home with me from day one so her past was probably not a difficult one. As a senior rescued dog she wanted tummy rubs from me immediately! I lost her this past August and miss her tremendously. I have not yet found my new rescue baby.

  17. I love stories of Frat Boy & I love this rescue story! I think dogs pick their people. Our current pup, Murphy, is a rescue. He was in a large kennel with his 8 brothers but something about his sweet eyes just spoke to us. On March 18th he’ll have been with us a year. He’s part Beagle, part Border Collie, & quite possibly part Tasmanian Devil, but we adore him!

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