It was a cold day in January when my foster parent from All 4 Paws dressed me in an ugly red Christmas sweater and loaded me into her car. I had been with her for only three days during which I was loaded with shots and my infected sores had been treated.
Some time before, I was taken from my original owner's home. I loved them, but they could not take care of me properly anymore. My allergy induced rashes had become infected and I was not taken for walks and had gained weight.
I don't know why I was taking this car ride today, but every ride I had taken over the last couple weeks meant that I was going to yet another new home. I was so sad to be in the car again. What was going to happen to me? What had I done to be treated this way?
My leash was attached to my collar and I was led into a pet shop. I was the first dog there so all eyes were on me. A blonde woman with two teenage kids was there. They seemed disappointed in me somehow, but I still went right over to meet them. I love meeting new people and they looked like they needed some love.
As they petted me they made some comments about my sweater. They called it "ugly" but still showed me love - so all seemed okay.
As new younger and bigger dogs came in, the blonde woman's group kept running over to the dogs. But they kept coming back to me. I laid down next to the blonde woman and splayed my legs wide. "Look a combination of frog pose and child's pose" she said. The teenagers laughed.
The blonde woman asked my foster parent about me. "He is a dream," she said. "He is calm, sweet and fully house-trained. He is good with kids and you can see how well he gets along with other dogs."
The blonde woman asked the teenagers to look me up on the adoption group's website. "His name is Yogi Bear," they said. The blonde woman teared up, "A perfect name for the dog of a yoga teacher," she said.
She asked the teenagers what they wanted to do, and they said that they wanted to take me home. The teenage girl asked the blonde woman "Are you sure Mom? You wanted a dog to protect you. This dog is barely 20 pounds. We will need to protect him."
"I think we will protect each other. Even though he seems so sweet and adorable, he was left behind for some reason. I can relate and I think we can take care of each other. And with a name like Yogi, I think he was sent by the universe to be with us."
My foster parent was so happy that I was adopted at my first adoption event she gave my new family the ugly Christmas sweater to keep me warm on the cold ride home. I was still very anxious during the car ride - I have been on so many car rides that led to entirely new environments. But I am hopeful that I have finally found my forever home.
Yogi Bear is the friendly and wise mascot of Mini Change Yoga.