Happy birthday little Bear!
This dog is like a child to me. For six whole years he's been sitting right beside me every single day, all day long. I got him when he was a tiny puppy from another family who had purchased him from a breeder then decided that he was too much work! They had a two year old daughter who treated him like a little stuffed animal. They had only had him for 2 weeks. He wasn't a shelter pup, but I still feel like in a way I rescued him from that household. Why families continue to buy pets when they can't take care of them properly is beyond me and makes me so angry. As soon as I saw him I knew I had to snatch him up. He was just a little longer than a nail file and was only supposed to grow to be 7 lbs. I was handed his paperwork and birth certificate and the little girl cried as I carried him away, sad that I was taking her 'toy' from her. Now here we are, 20 lbs (7 lbs my ass!), 6 years, and lots of puppy kisses later! I'm so glad we found each other.