A heartfelt story from Racoon's adopters.
'We first laid eyes on Racoon when we paid a visit to ALL for the 1st time. It was love at first sight. He stood out from the rest of the dogs; he was always peering over the window of Cathy's office and always on the lookout and the first to rush over at anything. On the 2nd visit, he was with us on our way home. That was close to 10 years ago.
It took him quite some time to gain his trust and confidence in us. As he was not used to a home environment before, he could be quite naughty and boisterous at times, and made us frown on several occasions such as peeing on our bed, jumping onto the kitchen counter to steal bananas and leaving the banana skin on another dog's bed etc. Sneaky fellow, I would say. These were some of the unexpected that we had to handle and throughout the years, we have already got used to his "pattern". Whenever we come home to a overturned rubbish bin, we would say "Who else but Racoon!" Haha!
Despite all these, we still love him for who he is. Being a highly intelligent and sensitive dog, he is able to grasp concepts and learn daily routines fast, like walking and feeding time. He is always monitoring his next walk or meal time. If we ever try to delay one of these, he would be there to remind us using his own unique method. There is no escape from his observant eyes and sharp mind.
His favourite times of the day are undoubtedly walk and meal times. We walk him 3 times a day and feed him home cooked meals. Racoon has a virtue; he never waste food and finishes every bit of food and even offers to clear our 2 other dogs' leftover food every meal time. At home, he likes to take short naps and monitor human behaviour. Such a special dog, where else can you find?
Now looking back, Racoon has filled our lives with much fun and laughter for the past 10 years. He loves us wholeheartedly; in return, we have given him a warm and cozy family in which he can call his home. We are blessed to have him as a member of our pack and family and we look forward to spending more good years with him.
I'll like to take this chance to tell all dog lovers out there: Shelter dogs are very special dogs; some have been through a lot and their hope is for us to give them a home and love them. Please give the shelter dogs a chance for them to be part of your life. Accept them with an open heart and you'll be amazed at how much they can give back to you and we can learn from them.
I end here with a hope that all shelter dogs are able to find a loving home in which to call their own where happiness and warmth always reside!'
Woof and licks,
Racoon and the Lim family