(Chronicle December 2014)
It’s hard to believe it’s been a year since I adopted Ava the Boxer.
She was just 40 pounds and one of the many adorable animals showcased at SPCA Windows of Life at Neiman Marcus Galleria last year.
The 26th annual holiday pet-adoption tradition, which features dogs and cats in festive first-floor holiday windows, continues through Dec. 23. Both dogs and cats are up for adoption and come with their current shots and are microchipped. SPCA volunteers are on hand to show the animals and process adoptions.
Last year, some 200 pets were adopted through the program.
Ava, formerly Foxy, was just 10 months old and her owners gave her up for adoption because she was “too energetic.” (An energetic boxer? Imagine that.) I happened to be at Neimans for an interview with a designer and left with a dog.
Now 53 pounds, Ava has graduated from doggy training, has learned to run on a treadmill when the weather is bad and knows the layout of just about every dog park within 30 miles. She also has a little brother, Prince, who I adopted from Lone Star Boxer Rescue in May. I figured two energetic Boxers would keep each other company and keep me sane.
And, oh, how they do.
And because I’m a shameless dog owner, you can catch all of Ava’s antics on Instagram at AvaTheBoxer.
Rescue dogs are the best.