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January 30, 2019

A Pup Named Slughorn

“Hi, I’m Slughorn.”

With a name like Slughorn, this 7-month-old hound Retriever mix has probably already piqued your interest. How does one end up with a name like that you ask? Simple, you dedicate a whole month to a book series written by J. K. Rowling and every character gets a moment to shine.

Anything but sluggish, this sweet boy loves to play! A little cautious at first, he quickly warms up to his people. His foster mama had nothing but good things to say about him!

At 7 months old this little fella has been living out his best puppy days in kennel run number fourteen. On an ordinary day, I see him laying on his bed, chewing on a toy given to him by a team member, dreaming of a forever home. Slughorn had a family once and due to unforeseen circumstances, he was sadly brought back to us.

Sometimes people get upset when they hear an animal has been returned to a shelter, but sometimes that’s the last thing that a family gets to do to show their four-legged friend they love them. They know they can’t provide for them so they try to take them someplace that can find people who can. Life is fickle and things happen. Slughorn certainly isn’t mad or upset, he’s just longing for a place to belong.

Of course, this handsome fella is still a puppy so he will need basic training like housebreaking. Living in a kennel isn’t the ideal place for any animal, let alone a puppy who’s most crucial learning moments are being whittled away day by day as he sits and waits for his people to find him.

Slugger, as I call him, is the best pup. I love spending extra time with him and telling him his day to shine is coming. He looks at me with those beautiful brown eyes and always seems to look like he agrees with me. This happy boy never lets you have a bad day. He’s always there to cheer you up and give you a kiss for encouragement.

They say good things come in small packages, I say good things come with four legs and a wagging tail. Anything but small or average, Slughorn is one of a kind. I would hate for him to spend any longer in the shelter. I want him to live the rest of his puppy months in someone’s home where they can create all those crucial bonding moments. I want him to have stability and a family to call his own.

Slughorn sees some treats.

I know he’ll find his people and I know they’ll realize how special he is. Sometimes some animals have to wait a little longer to find their true people, that’s something I’ve come to understand. But I hope in my heart he doesn’t have to wait much longer.

Will you be his forever family? I promise you, you won’t be disappointed.

~Merissa Glass, HSNEGA