I’m a super crazy dog lady and I have to pet every dog that I meet! I just can’t resist their cute little faces. I probably follow about 500 dogs on instagram and it never gets old looking at their adorable pictures and videos.
My husband and I have two dogs, Bentley and Royce, both of which we adopted from the Lexington Humane Society. We got married in June 2011 and adopted Bentley about a month later. We believe Bentley to be a mini Australian Shepherd and Flat Coated Retriever mix. We adopted Royce a couple of months later in March 2012. We think Royce is part Great Dane, Dalmatian, and a few other breeds.
TODAY, Bentley turns eight! I can’t believe he has been in our lives for so long! I figured that I would take a trip down memory lane, and share the story about how we came about adopting him, and of course, celebrate his BIRTHDAY by getting him treats from the Bluegrass Barkery, which is a local dog bakery in Lexington, Kentucky!
Let’s turn back the clock to June 2011…
My husband and I got married in June 2011, and even before we got married, we had been thinking about getting a dog. Just about every weekend, we used to walk around PetSmart to see the dogs that they had (the dogs were from the Lexington Humane Society). Well, one weekend, we did just that. We had originally planned on getting a smaller dog (At that time, I was wanting a miniature pinscher), but we decided to keep an open mind, which led us to going to the Lexington Humane Society.
I came across the first cage and inside was the most adorable black Shepherd/Retriever mix named Bentley. His card stated:“I got adopted once and they wouldn’t spend time with me. Did I do something wrong? I just wanted to play!” He had been at the Humane Society since June 25, 2011 and then he was adopted by us on July 9, 2011.
We made sure to look at all of the dogs and puppies before we left. As we finished looking at the puppies, I asked my husband if we could have a ‘meet and greet’ with Bentley. I didn’t want to leave without meeting him. My husband and I were able to take him outside on a leash and into the meeting room to get to know him. Immediately, I knew we just had to have him. He was a lot bigger than we had planned (He is about 35-40 lbs!), but ended up being the perfect size for us. However, fast forward to March 2012, we adopted a second dog that is almost twice Bentley’s size.
My husband and I then informed them that we were looking to adopt. When filling out the paperwork, we stopped on the question, “Have you informed your landlord about adopting a pet?” We thought, well shit. At that time, we were renting a house and were required to pay a pet deposit (We later moved out of that house in March 2012 and into another house. We didn’t buy a house until April 2017).
My husband and the employees at the Humane Society tried calling the leasing office, but there wasn’t any answer. I asked about “putting Bentley on hold,” which we could have done, but it only would have lasted for one day. So, this was the worst case scenario if the leasing office had not had been open: We would have had to come back on Sunday to renew the “hold” on him. I immediately began thinking the worst, “What if the leasing office isn’t open? What if someone adopts him before tomorrow? What if we can’t get a hold of anybody?” Countless other thoughts entered my head.
Since the Humane Society wasn’t far from the leasing office, we drove there and found them open. Also, the number that we had been dialing was completely different than the number to that office (Of course, it was. Don’t even get me started on them). While, my husband was filling out the paperwork, I drove to the nearby gas station to get a money order to cover the pet deposit (I just had my debit card and didn’t want to be charged an extra $25 transaction fee. Plus, I didn’t had my checkbook with me). I waited in line at the gas station only to find that they didn’t do money orders. I was freaking out because I was wasting time.
I drove back to the leasing office, picked up my husband, and then drove to Kroger as fast as we could hoping they could do a money order. After Kroger, we drove back to the leasing office to turn the deposit in. We were finally on our way back to the humane society. Luckily, all these places were all nearby and the humane society was still open.
My husband parked the car and I made a beeline to the entrance. People that saw me probably thought that I was crazy the way I barged through the door, but I didn’t care. I just wanted Bentley so bad. Only about 30 minutes had passed, so the employees still recognized us. It had felt like an eternity. We were able to finish filling out the paperwork while they called our landlord to make sure the pet deposit fee was paid, which of course we knew it was. That’s when I noticed another couple near his cage talking about him. They asked if we were adopting a dog, and I was like,“Yeah, that one right there.”
After we were finished at the humane society, we took him to PetSmart to buy some goodies for him (crate, bed, treats, toys, shampoo, etc).
As they say, the rest is history. He has been in our lives for seven years and has made everyday more exciting!
For his birthday treats, we bought him some delicious cake balls, peanut butter sandwiches, and doggie popcorn from the Bluegrass Barkery, which is a local dog shop and bakery for dogs located in Lexington, Kentucky. Of course, we had to get Royce some too, so he wouldn’t feel jealous! Needless to say, they both went nuts for the cake balls! Since it was his birthday, I thought it would be the perfect occasion to wear my “Dog Mom” t-shirt!
Do you celebrate your dog’s birthday?