My name is Addie June and I am almost 2-year-old catahoula-pitbull mix. Your sister is my human. Momma adopted me when I was 9 months old after I was removed from a house with nearly 80 other animals involved in a hoarding case in a neighboring county. Momma says she visited a few other dogs on her search for the perfect furbaby, but when she saw me she knew I was the one. And I’m so glad she chose me because as soon as I saw her I knew she was my human and I was going to love her forever. When they let her take me for a walk I did my best to impress her and did everything she told me to do. I was such a good listener and I think it worked because as soon as we went back inside she told them she wanted me. She was so happy I think I saw tears in her eyes. And I was so excited I could barely sit still for a picture with her – I just wanted to hug her!!!
I spent that last weekend at the shelter before she came back to bring me home; she had just gotten out of school and had to get the house ready for me. I was really scared when she came to bring me home – I knew she was going to take care of me, but there was just so much new. I was afraid to get in the car because there was a really big guy with her, but then she told me it was her bubby so I knew he must be a good guy. I clung to bubby in the backseat while momma drove, and on the way home she stopped by mum’s house. Mum had to come out to the car to meet me because I was too scared to get out – I heard her beagles barking and I was afraid they wouldn’t like me.
But then we went home. Our house is the best. I slept on the floor on the bed momma bought me for a couple nights, but then I decided to see if she would let me sleep with her. She fussed at first, but she let me stay. I couldn’t help it. I just like to snuggle.
She hadn’t had me very long when she took me to meet the rest of the family. I got to meet dad and Kathy and play with Jazz. I don’t think Jazz liked me when I first met her because she is a grown-up dog and I was a puppy still. But now she’s my best dog friend and we run all over the place and wrestle when I go visit. I love Kathy because she sneaks me food off the table when momma says no. But she sends us outside when me and Jazz try to wrestle in the house.
Momma buys me all kinds of cool toys and clothes and feeds me the best food. I get to run all over the yard and go for walks and runs down the road and yell at the horses next door. I love car rides now and getting to go places with momma. I go play at mum’s with the beagles when momma goes to church. They have a doggy door and it’s the best because I can go outside whenever I want.
Momma even took me to school with her once! I was so excited to see where she spends her day away from me, but it was so horribly boring. No wonder she’s so happy to see me when she gets home. I just can’t figure out where all the kids were that I smell on her – she kept talking about summer break so maybe that’s why they weren’t there. I love summer break because me and momma take naps every day.
Sometimes gram comes to stay and I like that a lot because I love her and she gives me crackers and snacks and she sits on the porch with me all day long and I love porch sitting. Bubby stays with momma now, too, and I’m so glad he’s part of our pack. He’s the best. I love yelling at him and rough-housing with him and jumping and climbing on him when he sits down. I just love him so much!
I’m so thankful for all of the people I’ve met and experiences I’ve gotten to have since momma adopted me. And even though I never got the chance to meet you, I feel like I know you anyway. I can tell you meant an awful lot to momma. Sometimes she misses you so much it makes her cry, so I just hug her and tell her I love her like I think you would do. I try my best to make her happy because I know that you would want her to be happy, too.
She thinks that I saved her life, but really, she saved mine.
All my love,
Addie June the teacher’s pet