A 72-year-old called Melani Andrews wanted to adopt a dog at her local animal shelter. The grandmother from California had already made her mind up before entering the building – she wanted to adopt a dog that nobody else wanted to bring home. An ‘unadoptable dog’.
Melani entered the shelter and specifically asked for the oldest dog that was the least likely to find a loving home. She had recently been going through a rough period in her life after she sadly lost her husband.
But the bad news wasn’t over, shortly after, her Staffordshire terrier, Lola, had also passed away. Not knowing what to do, Melani’s grandkids convinced her that a new pet could help keep her mind occupied.
I was feeling down and a little depressed. My grandkids came over one night, and they said, ‘Grandma, you need somebody to keep you company. You can’t just sit around here all by yourself.
Melani Andrews decided to take her grandkids’ advice and she decided that she was going to adopt a dog.
I wanted to help somebody — a dog — like Lola helped us, and so I told them I wanted the oldest dog they had, the one that everybody was passing up, and that I wanted to adopt him. I don’t care if he’s sick, I don’t care if the shelter can help with bills. We don’t have a lot of money, but I’m sure I have enough to take care of a little dog.
Melani spotted a little dog – a 12-year-old terrier called Jake – and instantly she fell in love with him. The little dog was brought to the shelter as a stray just a couple of months earlier.
Jake’s two friends ignored me, but Jake perked up and started howling. So I said, ‘It looks like he wants to go, and I’ll take him.’
Staff members at the Front Street Animal Shelter were both surprised and thrilled that somebody wanted to adopt their oldest dog. But they had to inform Melani about Jake’s condition.
Sadly, Jake was partially blind, completely deaf and suffering from terminal skin cancer. Doctors were unsure how long Jake would have to live, which is why he was deemed an unadoptable dog.
“They informed me that he had cancer and he had a limited amount of time,” Melani said. “We’re going to make his time as good as we can make it.”
The shelter team were moved by Melani’s kindness to this old, dying dog. Jake was still a little nervous when Melani adopted him but it didn’t take him long to settle into his new life with her.
He laid his head in my right hand, and I drove with my left hand. It was like he was saying, ‘OK, let’s see how we do together.’ It was really cute. I’ve never had a dog do that to me. You could tell by the way he came into the house that he’d been living in a home. He hadn’t been living on the streets for very long. He knew to crawl up on the chair, turn himself around, lay down and go to sleep, just like you see a cat on a chair.
Now, the two pals treasure each day they spend with each other. Melani knows her time with Jake is limited, but she doesn’t care. She enjoys living in the moment with her new best friend.
Every day I laugh a little bit more. It’s not so lonesome. I think [he] knows that I love him because he’ll come over to me and he’ll rub up against me and ask me to rub his backside. And then he’ll nose me with his nose. And a dog that doesn’t know that somebody loves him wouldn’t be doing anything like that.
We think Jake and Melani make the perfect duo, we just hope she gets some quality time with Jake before he goes.
The way he’s taken a turnaround here, I may end up having him for a year — maybe two if I’m really lucky. But when he goes, I’ll know he went happy.
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