But Smokey had other ideas.
That’s when they realized that, reservations aside, they were ready to adopt Smokey. Luckily the potential adopter had been looking for a smaller dog and “Smokey is a couple 40 pound dogs in one,” said Sam.
When the about three-year-old dog does socialize, he can be choosy about which dogs he’ll romp around with. Fellow City Dogs Rescue alums seem to be particularly close friends. On a recent visit to the dog park, Smokey quickly recognized fellow CDR dog Bodie before either of the humans had noticed the other was there. In fact, it was a CDR dog who brought Smokey into the Trojans’ life. Benjamin, a student of international relations, had bumped into a volunteer walking a dog with an “adopt me” vest, took one of his cards, and he and Sam soon found themselves volunteering to walk dogs. Last weekend, they also volunteered at a local festival, helping to spread the word about CDR.
In fact, Smokey will soon travel to Buffalo to meet his extended family. They’ve been mailing him toys and Benjamin’s Aunt Chrissy (who has also become a fan of CDR on Facebook and a donor!) may treat him to a day at a ritzy dog spa—an experience Smokey will surely enjoy napping through.
They suspect Smokey is a mix of lab and bloodhound. When a fire truck with blaring sirens recently went by, Smokey added his own howl to the mix (and “perfectly matched the tone” of the fire trucks, says Benjamin), adding to their suspicious that Smokey is a bit of a hound dog.
If you’re able to foster a dog, Benjamin, says, “Do it. That’s it. Do it. Every dog that you foster comes off the kill list.” Sam adds that CDR volunteers are always willing to lend foster families a hand; “they’ll help you out, no matter what,” she said. “They’re wonderful people.”
Not sure? Watch this silly video of Smokey and imagine this happening in your house (or tiny apartment).