Meet Smokey! He is a young adult (about 2 years old) mixed breed who is awesome with children
Did I mention we have kid friendly puppies?
Your best friend is waiting!
Nayla is a Catahoula and Lab mix looking for a home of her own! Ask us how this great dog can be part of your family!
Did I mention we have very kid friendly puppies?
Litter of 3 Border Collie mix!!
This sweetums is Otis. We believe he is an English Bulldog mix.
He is AWESOME! Just a baby right now he will be a short heavy boy when grown. He loves kids, is great with other dogs and cats!
Morgan is a young pup looking for that forever home! She is a Chocolate lab mix .
Meet Buddy! A German Shepherd who needs a family!
Meet Carrie...she is a little camera shy but loves loves people and attention! Carrie is a young black lab mix!
Mr Conehead....yeah yeah I just gave up trying to find a name for this wonderful boy...Basett Hound and Lab mix
The dog's below are adopted
Hope and Goose both adopted from COH. They have been so much fun over the years. We love them!!
Cruiser and Cooper were adopted by the same family!
Quinton, almost 4 years old now came into our lives shortly after my husband and I got married. Our first family dog!
Just over a year ago, our family began the search for our Ariel. It had been two years since we lost our beloved 16-year old pup—our “first” baby—and until that point, we just didn’t feel ready. But last summer we all started discussing how we wanted to bring another dog into our life. Scouring the local shelters for a while, we couldn’t seem to find a match. And then I came across Ariel on Petfinder. There was just something about her little face, and it was the first time I felt compelled to click the “inquire” button on the site.
A nearly instantaneous response from and phone call with Erin and we got the ball rolling on our paperwork. A little nervous about this all, I discussed with Erin how the process works and how we would get to meet Ariel (I was not sure about saying yes to adopt a dog we hadn’t yet met in person). Fortunately for our family, a good friend, Marleen, just so happened to be a volunteer for Circle of Hope and she offered to pick Ariel up from transport in Albany (an hour and a half away) so we could meet her.
My husband joined Marleen and, after a long wait and drive he brought the puppy home. I got to meet her very late at night on July 31. Immediate love. But the real test was the next morning, when our three boys (then 7, 10, and 12) were introduced to Ariel. That was it—then and there she became part of our family.
Today she gets to run free on two acres, where she is constantly exploring—and sometimes digging and hunting. Her favorite thing in the world is to run around with “her” boys, intervening as they play ball or goading them into chasing her. When school starts back up, she will be sad—but she is content to stay home with mom and then jump in the car every day to wait outside the school, greet all the kids, and welcome her boys.
Reacquainting ourselves with puppy training after a decade and a half hiatus—and now trying to do so with three kids “helping”—was certainly a challenge. But it’s been more than worth it. And it’s been really cool to be able to follow along on the Facebook page and see how some of her brothers and sisters (and all of the other CoH pups!) are doing.
I keep telling my kids that once they’re older and I no longer have to be heading in a million directions with their schedules, I want to be a foster mama for Circle of Hope and help other families find their Ariels!