October is Adopt a Shelter Dog Month

Each year in October, shelters around the country encourage people to visit and adopt a dog. These animals come from a variety of backgrounds; some are strays, others are abandoned or turned in by their owners who are no longer able to care for them (unfortunately, these surrenders have increased over past few years with the sluggish economy). You will also hear sad stories of dogs that ended up at the shelter when their owner died or when they were taken from an abusive home. Many of these animals are purebred–one shelter told me that 40% of their dogs fell into this category! Whether you adopt from a shelter, a friend, or a breeder, animals enrich our lives.

The attorneys and staff at Merritt Webb want to share a bit about their pets with our readers. Here are some of our furry friends, in no particular order:

 

Cooper is a 6 year old Goldendoodle. He loves eating sticks out in the yard and is Mayor of the Cul de Sac. His foster parent is Barbara Meagher. Cooper belongs to Merritt Webb employee Barbara Meagher
Daisy and Dutch are 3 years old and 6 months old, respectively. They are both Cavalier King Charles Spaniels. Their favorite activity is cuddling and chasing each other in the yard. They are both from a breeder in Shelby, NC. Their foster parent is Attorney Joy Webb.  Daisy and Dutch belong to Raleigh Durham employment attorney Joy Webb.
Lando is a 4 year old cat named after Lando Calrissian from Star Wars. His favorite activity is sitting on the computer when you’re trying to work and stealing small objects. His foster parent is Jessica North who adopted him from a friend.  Lando belongs to Merritt Webb employee Jessica North.
Lily is a 15 month old Labrador Retriever. Her favorite activities are chewing on anything and going swimming. Her foster parent is Attorney Andrew Foster. Lily belongs to Durham attorney Andrew Foster
Lucy is a 4 year old West Highland Terrier. She is high maintenance and her favorite activity is chasing squirrels and favorite snack is lettuce. Her foster mom is Attorney Meghan Nicholson. Lucy belongs to attorney Meghan Nicholson
Max is 5 year old American Lab. His favorite activities are chewing on sticks and eating peanut butter. Max was rescued by the Lab Rescue of NC via Saving Grace. His foster parent is Attorney Meghan Nicholson. Max belongs to attorney Meghan Nicholson
Princess Pixie is a 1 year old chihuahua puppy. Her favorite activity is cuddling and chasing her big sister Isis around the house. Her foster parent is Wendy Naillon and she was given to Wendy by a former client. Princess Pixie belongs to Merritt Webb employee Wendy Naillon
Queen Isis (Princess Pixie’s sister) is a 5 year old St. Bernard. She is a big and loving addition to her family. Isis’ favorite treat is oatmeal pie. Her foster mom is Wendy Naillon and she was flown in from a breeder in South Dakota. Queen Isis belongs to Merritt Webb employee Wendy Naillon
Spirit is a white American short hair cat. Spirit’s foster parents rescued her as a stray. When Spirit was rescued she was only 4 weeks old and had to be bottle fed. Spirit likes water and baths. Her foster mom is Gwen Baker. Spirit belongs to Merritt Webb employee Gwen Baker
Simba is an 18 month old German Shepherd. His favorite activity is chewing on everything. His foster mom is Cherie Hatton and he came from a breeder. Simba belongs to Cherie Hatton
Sammy (Samwise) is an American short hair cat. Sammy was rescued by his foster parents before he could be sent to a shelter. His foster parent is Attorney Matt Robertson. Sammy belongs to attorney Matt Robertson
Bogey is a 1 1/2 year old puppy. Bogey is very shy but his favorite activity is cuddling. His foster mom is Joye Stone. Bogey belongs to Merritt Webb employee Joye Stone
Brodi Bear is a 1.5 year old Maltese. His favorite activity is to play fetch and to play with his foster parents. His foster parent is Meagan Clayborn. Brodi Bear belongs to Merritt Webb employee Meagan Clayborn
Buster (left) is a 6 year old beagle and Sadie (right) is a 4 year old pup. Their foster mom is Joye Stone. Buster and Sadie belong to Merritt Webb employee Joye Stone
Molly is a 7 year old black lab mix. Her foster mom is Joye Stone.Joye is obviously a dog person. Molly belongs to Merritt Webb employee Joye Stone
Sen is a 10 year old black lab. His favorite activity is playing with a squeaky toy and running in the snow. He was adopted from Second Chance Pet adoptions and his foster parent is Julie Simpson. Sen belongs to Merritt Webb employee Julie Simpson
Mila is 4 year old Tortoiseshell cat. Her favorite activity is trying to climb the walls and her favorite snack is shrimp. Her foster mom is Lauren Dodson and she was rescued from a box in the woods with her siblings. Mila belongs to Merritt Webb employee Lauren Dodson
Zeus is a 5 year old white lab mix. His favorite activities are running around the yard and cuddling like he’s a lap dog. His foster parent is Lauren Dodson who rescued him and his sister from the Humane Society of Hernando County. Zeus belongs to Merritt Webb employee Lauren Dodson
Chica is a 1 year old chihuahua. Her favorite activities are chasing Jack the Cat and making messes for her foster family to find when they get home. Her foster parent is Attorney James Anderson who was given to him by a friend. Chica is owned by attorney James Anderson
Jack the Cat is a 6 month old short hair cat. His favorite activity is chasing Chica the Chihuahua around the house. His foster parent is Attorney James Anderson who adopted him as a stray Jack belongs to attorney James Anderson
Apollo, AKA Fat Pauly, is a tabby cat. His favorite hobbies include sitting on people’s heads and cuddling. Fat Pauly was rescued as a stray by his foster parent, Lauren Dodson, when he snuck into her apartment and refused to leave. Fat Pauly belongs to Merritt Webb employee Lauren Dodson
Snoop Dog is an 8 year old rescue dog who still acts like a puppy. His favorite activity is barking at squirrels. He was rescued by his foster parent, Stephanie Porter, from an unhappy home. Snoop Dog is owned by Merritt Webb employee Stephanie Porter
Brewski is a 7 year old Boston Terrier. His favorite activity is sleeping 22 out of the 24 hours in a day. Brewski dislikes extreme temperatures and likes to give kisses. His foster parent is Brad Rhyne. Brewski belongs to Merritt Webb employee Brad Rhyne
Bob is a 10 year old orange cat. His foster parent is Attorney Valerie Dance. Bob was rescued when he was found abandoned, under a car, near Valerie’s grandmother’s house. Bob belongs to Merritt Webb attorney Valerie Dance
Princess Jonsey is a 65 lb lap dog! Her favorite activities include playing chuck-it frisbee and going on hikes. Her foster parent is Attorney Kristin Hart who rescued Jonsey as a puppy when she was left on her doorstep 8 years ago. Princess Jonesy is owned by attorney Kristin Hart
Tuffer is a 7 month old Rhodesian Ridgeback mix. His favorite activities include eating vegetables straight from the garden and peanut butter jars as pictured. His foster parent is Attorney Kristin Hart who adopted him out of the back of a puppy truck. Tuffer is owned by attorney Kristin Hart
Ricky (left) and Bobbie (right) are named after the movie Talladega Nights. Ricky’s favorite activities include chasing Bobbie and dancin’ to Electric Avenue. Bobbie’s favorite activities include being held like a baby and being sung the theme song from the Dukes of Hazzard. Their foster parent is Taylor Allen who adopted Ricky from an unhappy home and Bobbie from the pound. Ricky and Bobbie are owned by Merritt Webb employee Taylor Allen
Shyboy (center) is a 14 year old mix rescued from the side of the road near Lake Keowee, SC. Tiger (front right) is a 3 year old rescue adopted from Pets, INC. Andi (left) is a 4 year old rescue from a local organization called Cullen’s Archangel Rescue. Their foster parent is Heather Paxton. Heather Paxton's dogs
Maci Mae is Yorkie who is 2.5 years old. Her favorite activity is playing with her toy duck. She is a mommy of two little puppies. Her foster parent is Meagan Mattox. Maci Mae belongs to Merritt Webb employee Meagan Mattox
Hailey is a part terrier, part beagle and recently lost a battle with a skunk. Her foster parent is Attorney Valerie Dance who adopted her from a shelter 2 years ago. Hailey belongs to attorney Valerie Dance

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