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The following post was originally featured on Finding Silver Pennies and written by Danielle Driscoll, who is part of POPSUGAR Collective Living.


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"Whoever declared that love at first sight doesn't exist has never witnessed the purity of a puppy or looked deep into a puppy's eyes. If they did, their lives would change considerably."
Elizabeth Parker, Paw Prints in the Sand

As I sit in the kitchen and write, I have the most beautiful puppy snuggled in my lap. If you follow me on Instagram or Facebook then you probably already saw this beautiful face. We are head over heels for the newest addition to the Driscoll family. I'm so excited for you all to meet Max!


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If you've read the blog for some time then you know how much we love rescue dogs and how special our Poppy is. We rescued her 6 years ago from Sterling Animal Shelter. We adopted her when the boys were young, Conor was one and I just felt we needed another baby around.

For some time, we've wanted to adopt another dog. Two years ago we went to see a senior dog at Scituate Animal Shelter, a black lab. Poppy is such a great dog and gets along with all dogs, except black labs, we didn't know this at the time but she did not like that dog and she growls every time she sees a black lab. Strange as she's black lab / flat coat mix. Anyway, deep in my heart I craved another dog for our home.


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I mentioned something to a friend who fosters and told her that Poppy seems to like "little dogs". We weren't particular of the breed or anything. Just thought it would be nice for Poppy to have a companion. Sometimes she seems lonely or antisocial and she loves meeting new dogs in the harbor.

A few weeks ago my friend sent me an email. "I have puppies. Not sure if you're still looking but come over…"

We went over. Max was one of the puppies. He was approximately three weeks old and so tiny! So tiny, in fact, I was scared to hold him. I thought I might break him. We got to play with his mom and brothers and sisters. They were all so cute and so tiny.


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I think I should rewind and tell you how Max got to be in my friend's care. Someone abandoned the mother with her 5 puppies on the side of a road. Isn't that heartbreaking? I can't comprehend how anyone could leave innocent puppies and a mama who had just given birth on a busy road and just drive away. Thankfully there are so many good and kind people. A good samaritan contacted Rescue Dogs Rock NYC, a non profit New York based rescue. Maggie and her tiny puppies were fostered in my friend's home.

After visiting Max and the other puppies a few times, we felt this was the right time to apply and see if maybe one would be right for our family. Maggie has such a lovely disposition (but was already adopted) so we thought we'd try for one of her puppies. We left it up to Rescue Dogs Rock and said we'd be happy with any if they thought our home would be a good fit.

The agency was wonderful and very thorough. We had an interview, a home visit and then I got to go with my friend when they had their first immunizations.


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Maggie is a terrier mix and we don't know what Max's dad was but think it may be Jack Russell.

We brought Max home on Sunday night.

So everything is so new.

I'm enjoying seeing life though a new set of eyes, through 8 week old puppy eyes. As you can imagine he's into everything.

His ears perk up when he hears birds. Each leaf and plant is something to be explored and I'm constantly chasing after him to get leaves out of his mouth.


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His body is very long and his legs are so short. When he wags his tail he almost falls over. We tried to walk him but we didn't get very far.

He doesn't like the sound of large trucks and likes hiding under the island in the kitchen.

The boys are smitten with their puppy and have tried hard to help look after him but also help with chores around the house.

I'm currently training him so I'm spending most of my time in the kitchen or out in the yard. He cries if I leave the kitchen and he still isn't used the the crate. We're giving him loads of love and cuddles. He's our main priority right now. DIYs and house projects can wait until we're in more of a routine.


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Poppy has been such a wonderful big sister. She loves him and he loves her. It is so fun just to watch them play outside. Both have tired each other out today and both are sleeping….


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I love him so much and feel so lucky to have him in our lives. I plan on sharing his life with you and hope to give an update each week on his progress.


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I hope you guys enjoyed meeting the newest Driscoll, Max.

We're firm believers in rescuing animals and love this quote:

"Shelter dogs aren't broken…"

"Shelter dogs aren't broken, they've simply experienced more life than other dogs. If they were human, we would call them wise. They would be the ones with tales to tell and stories to write, the ones dealt a bad hand who responded with courage. Don't pity a shelter dog. Adopt one. And be proud to have their greatness by your side."
-dogsrule.com

If you're interested in bringing a dog home. I urge you to contact your local shelter or if you're on the east coast check out Rescue Dogs Rock NYC – click here for their site and here for Facebook. They are doing great things for rescue dogs and rescue families.


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