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Canine finds property in West MI just after 8 a long time in shelter program

The few fell in adore with Kashmir immediately after seeing her on 13 ON YOUR SIDE’S weekend early morning adopt-a-pet segment.

MUSKEGON, Mich. — Hundreds of thousands of animals sit waiting around at neighborhood shelters and rescues for a family to call their possess.

One dog’s journey to happily at any time following took just about a ten years. Her identify is Kashmir, and in the eyes of Dave and Teresa Dekkinga, she is excellent.

“Being a senior dog, she matches our strength amount extremely perfectly. I signify, I appreciate puppies and so does Dave but, you know, getting seniors, we just, she’s ideal,” Teresa Dekkinga stated.

When we initially satisfied Kashmir again in September of 2021 she experienced just arrived at the Noah Venture in Muskegon after remaining transferred from a shelter in Florida.

“She was on a euthanasia list. So they had to uncover a home for her rapidly. She has been in the shelter her full daily life,” Michelle Artwork, govt director of the Noah Job, reported.  

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Kashmir spent eight many years acquiring shuffled all around in the shelter procedure.

She was chosen to be highlighted on 13 ON YOUR SIDE’s Sunday early morning adopt-a-pet section. Which is when she caught the eye of Dave and Teresa.

“We experienced your present on. We normally look at the clearly show Sunday morning and I sat down and said, ‘Honey, it really is a beautiful tale about Kashmir. Let us go and see her,'” Dave Dekkinga claimed.

The couple wasn’t certain if they have been prepared for yet another dog immediately after their 16-year-aged Maltese-Yorkie blend Mia passed absent two decades ago, but they couldn’t resist Kashmir.

“My coronary heart was broken his heart was broken and it was like, all of a sudden, I just felt like I was missing anything in my existence,” Teresa mentioned.

They moved immediately to fill out an application and in the course of the fulfill-n-greet, it was love at initial sight.

“They came again and got us, and requested us what do you feel? Believe about right away? And we said no, we’re not likely to believe about it overnight, we want her now, and she just gave us kisses and she desired to go house with us,” Dave stated.

They all went property that working day with significant smiles on their faces.

The Dekkingas say there is absolutely nothing like the like and companionship of a dog…

“I consider that the believed is that if you’re getting a puppy from the shelter, there ought to be one thing erroneous with them. And you have to have to go take a look at these canines due to the fact there are so quite a few of them. You will find practically nothing erroneous with them,” Teresa said.

Kashmir has now been in her residence for about 5 months. She’s spending the wintertime down South heading for very long walks with her pet mothers and fathers.

“You will find just a little something specific about giving a senior puppy a possibility to reside out the relaxation of their everyday living with you,” Teresa mentioned.

Kashmir will be shelling out the relaxation of her daily life curled up by the fireplace with her spouse and children close by.

“Yeah, it’s going to be very heartbreaking when her time is up, but she’s just so very well really worth it and we would do it all over again,” Teresa said.

From 8 several years in a shelter to happily ever following in a permanently house: that is Kashmir’s tale. 

The Dekkingas say they hope other individuals will look at adoption from a shelter or rescue and maybe even a senior dog like Kashmir.

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