You’ve thought about it. You’ve walked past signs and storefronts, wondering if this is the right time to bring home a new best friend. Sitting at home, your lap seems empty; commercials featuring dogs evoke unexpected feelings. You just need that last push to make you take the plunge! Or maybe you’re already a pet parent, but you’re wondering if your present pooch needs a canine companion.
Our first magnificent mug (above) shows the beckoning eyes of an adorable dog waiting to share their unconditional love. We’ve rounded up and assembled photos to whet your appetite, or refresh that feeling, of what it’s like to dog-ify your life—images that just may send you off to your local shelter or community pet adoption event. These furry friends have so much to offer.
Hello, I Love You…
…won’t you tell me your name? There’s no judgment, no hidden agendas. An unspoken promise beams from that face and you feel your heart begin to melt. Even the Grinch’s heart couldn’t resist; Christmas is going to come early this year.
These Eyes Don’t Lie
We look into human eyes and wonder if they’re truly windows to the soul. With a dog, there’s no mistaking that spirit’s offering of unconditional love.
Always Remember That First Kiss
A sensitive sniff. A tender touch. Gingerly, curiously, there’s that moment of nervous, tentative exploration and discovery as affection blossoms.
Hold Me Forever
Paws clasp around you with a undercurrent of longing, a sense of need, of completion. The posture is an obvious statement: never let me go. That’s okay, because you don’t want to, and you never will.
Fly Away Home
That journey home is when you begin to realize that who’s being rescued may actually be in question. While your desire to adopt a dog is kind and noble, it becomes apparent your new companion is an angel in disguise, and you didn’t realize just how much you needed them.
Pure, Unadulterated Joy
A dog’s life is an open book, their feelings transparent. They may not technically have a sleeve, but they wear their heart on it anyway, inspiring you to do the same.
Building Trust Together
That tender look of trust – growing warmly as they realize you aren’t just another passerby, and this isn’t just another temporary shelter – changes you forever. It’s the tearful joy of realizing they’re home…and home equals you.
We’ll Be So Happy
Okay, that dangling tongue might indicate distaste for the choice of scarf, but it’s a happy face nonetheless. Fashion accessories come and go (and get chewed up). Being together is what matters.
For Better and for Drool
This might not be a selling point for the first time pet parent, but trust us: after the first few slobber showers, the hilarity is worth it. Like marriage, like children, parts of this relationship are messy…and that’s half the fun.
Love In Bloom
Some say beauty is only in the eye of the beholder. When you behold these longing looks, I think we can all admit there’s a category for undeniable, objective truth.
Sweep You Off Your Feet
Bonding with your new best friend is filled with fun and frolic. Your day of loneliness and moping has been cancelled indefinitely: off to the park!
Those powerful shared emotions on the first day of adoption eventually give sway to a deeper, rooted sense of internal belonging. These two can’t even imagine that there was ever life without each other.
On your couch, nestled between your things, pressed up against you, without a care in the world…where your life and the dog’s begins or ends is no longer discernible. You’re a bonded pair, inseparable. Inextricable.
Fast Forward Ten Years…
This is the face of a pet parent’s adopted partner after a decade of relationship and adventures, capturing the gamut of emotions: a glimmer of that first-day eagerness co-mingled with that soft sense of contentment and trust. “All this awaits you,” whispers the hypnotic canine countenance. It’s time.
Can you resist? Why would you want to? A picture is worth a thousand words, but the real thing is priceless. We’d tell you to stop reading right now and head out to find your new four-legged friend, but chances are you’re already on the way.