My original idea was to get a pup, or at least a dog no more than 6 months old. However, when I visited the pet adoption center today, I discovered only adult dogs were available. Disappointed, I decided to look at the animals anyway.
Seeing all those dogs in cages—barking, whining for affection, or cowering in the corners, made me want to cry. I’ve visited animal shelters before, but not since Ursa became my companion more than fourteen years earlier. Our relationship had changed me in a way I hadn’t realized, and I suddenly understood that many of these affection-starved dogs would never have a chance to enrich a human life the way Ursa had mine.
From "A New Fishing Buddy" in Why We Fish.