Happily Ever After Stories

Happily Ever After: Rey and the Meadows Family

Once upon a time, Brooke Meadows and her husband weren’t looking to adopt any animals. They had a 1-year-old baby, and it didn’t seem like the right time. However, Meadows owns a kennel and does adoption events for Gateway Pet Guardians to showcase its adoptable dogs, and she fell in love with a dog named Escalade.

“We ended up deciding to take him and go through the adoption process,” she says. “We renamed him Champion and moved into a house after renting.”

When the dog they had before Champion passed away, the family knew they were ready for two dogs again. One day, Meadows found a dog with “big bat ears” on Gateway’s website, and she just had to go meet her.

“She seemed like she had the most personality of any dog I had ever seen,” Meadows says. “We had a meeting to get her, and now we have two Gateway dogs.”

The bat-eared dog, who has been renamed Rey, was picked up off the street while in heat being chased by a male dog. Meadows says the staff at Gateway told her they wanted to get Rey off the streets before she had puppies. It’s estimated she’s about two years old.

The Meadows family has had Rey for nearly two months, and “she fits in perfectly,” Meadows says.

“Champion loves cuddling, but doesn’t always take to new dogs. They were curled up together the first night. He immediately fell in love with her,” Meadows says.

Rey’s a short dog, but absolutely loves sitting at the window and watching squirrels. Meadows says she’ll run to the back door and wait to be let out to go chase them.

“She likes the kids a lot,” Meadows says. “She’s so good with them and will give them kisses. Rey is definitely a nanny dog.”

The best part of having Rey around is the affection she gives, Meadows notes.

“She loves cuddling up to you,” she says. “She wants to run all the time, but when you’re tired and curled up on the couch, she’ll sit with you and snore. She has a great little snore.”

Rey has some allergies and gets regular baths, but Meadows says she’s gotten used to them and is very tolerant.

Overall, Meadows says Rey is the most affectionate dog she’s ever met.

“I haven’t had a single person come over that hasn’t fallen in love with her,” she says. “The other day, my mom came over, and Rey started attacking her with kisses. ‘I see why you got her,’ she said.”

This story was originally published at laduenews.com. Read it on LN’s website here.


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