October is Adopt a Shelter Dog Month! We Adopted a Standard Poodle!

October is Adopt a Shelter Dog Month! We Adopted a Standard Poodle!


  • Jillian Page says:

    The two dogs that my family had adopted were rescues that people had abandoned im pur neighborhood. Both chihuahuas! They stole my heart from the moment we got them. How anyone could neglect and abuse animals breaks my heart. I just feel like every shelter dog i wanna like take home and spoil and love them!!

  • RinaReviews says:

    I'm so excited for you! You look really happy and it seems Amaya and Nyx are going to be great friends <3

  • Brooke P says:

    Look at that love bug!!!!!! Welcome to the family, Amaya!

  • Dizzyknitsandcurls says:

    Welcome Amaya! Hello beautiful baby I’m so glad you guys found each other

  • Nikki NeverWithoutPolish says:

    What a great story! <3 Unfortunately, the rescues in my area REQUIRE a fenced yard, no exceptions, and that is not an option for me in my neighborhood. So, as much as I wanted to rescue, my baby dog came from an acquaintance who had an "oops!" litter. Dogs are the best! ^_^

  • Jaime Kugelberg says:

    I'm having a weird enough day this made me cry. I'm looking forward to getting an older rescue Pyrenees. I have a hard time being firm enough to train puppies well (HUGE pushover) but an older doggo that's already housebroken is absolutely my speed, age isn't important when it comes to family and sharing your life with a companion. So glad you and Amaya found each other. <3

  • Mama Silverside says:

    I adore this so much. Amya is so lucky to have you all xx

  • Christie Brooks says:

    Aww❀ she's beautiful! Congratulations to you all on your newest family member.

  • Marcia Friedman says:

    Congratulations on Amaya. She's a beautiful dog and it looks like NYX is already in love. We rescued our last two dogs and I'd do it again.

  • Jennifer Lyons says:

    She is adorable, congrats on the new addition!

  • CocoAndTheBombshell says:

    I'm so glad you got to rescue Amaya! Poor girl! I don't know how people can do that to another living being. Amaya has gotten a great home! πŸ™‚

  • Chelsea Lee says:

    We have loved our rescued dogs, one we rescued as a puppy and one as a senior. One passed away a couple months ago. We still have 2 dogs so not getting another yet. I am so happy for your new addition to your family. Thank you for accepting a rescue. I love the video of the dogs playing together.

  • Alaine Underhill says:

    Nyx and Amaya look like they were instant BFFs!

    My littlest dog came from the shelter. She had a sad story and sad eyes and I just fell for her immediately based on her picture. She was my first rescue and I had reservations about it but she's the sweetest little dog.

  • Southeast by Midwest says:

    So just ignore my DM on IG, this explained everything πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

    You and Ray are so amazing to drive all that way to adopt her. All three of you are amazing for being willing to adopt her soon after Phaedra. I can’t wait to see how she continues to come out of her shell as you all love on her πŸ’œπŸ’œ

  • Lola Murder says:

    Thank you for rescuing her! Sometimes it's meant to be. πŸ’™πŸ’™

  • Marte K says:

    Congratulations! When I saw her on your Instagram I thought you just had someone visiting you. So happy for you and Amaya that you found eachother!

  • Sandy says:

    Loved this video. You look more relaxed, NYX looks happy and Amaya looks amazing. When we lost our 12 year old Yorkie 7 years ago we were devastated. Herbie was so important to my late husband as he got him up and moving as well as being such a great companion. Three weeks later we adopted Ruby. We knew we wanted a rescue BUT we also wanted a dog that had a disability and perhaps would be overlooked. We found Ruby who is a Maltese mix who was a tripod. Her original owner was being deported and gave her to another family in Detroit. The second family let her run and she was hit by a car and lost a back leg. In fact the original owner paid the vet bill for the surgery. She then went into rescue where we found her through my sister who lives on that side of Michigan. She was just turning 4 and will be 11 next month. Since Dick passed away she has been the towel for my tears as well as a faithful companion. Also I was able to pass a recommendation along to this rescue group and found two other dogs a forever home. So happy for all of you!

  • Lisa hart says:

    Congratulations πŸŽ‰πŸŽˆπŸŽŠ Amaya is gorgeous and a very lucky dog to get you as her person. All my dogs have been rescued except I have 1 Akita from a show home. He had an overbite so couldn’t be shown. But my friend with the Akitas only breeds like every couple of years and both parents are tested for everything imaginable. That’s the breeders that need to be commended. She also shows very frequently and has mostly grand champions and one dog is a Top10 Akita. We lost 2 dogs in the last year to 2 different rare horrible cancers and are still devastated but we decided to adopt a Catahoulas/pit mix at 9 weeks old but in the last few months he’s been fighting our male Akita so bad. I got bit really bad and we are now having to keep them separate and it sucks but we have a behaviorist working with us now so hopefully it helps. We drive 7 hours to meet our female Akita and lived her and turned right around and drove alll the way back. Mine are all spayed and neutered. I’m a big advocate of that and was a vet tech for 14 years. I’ll never forget we used to get to work and there’d be a box of kittens at the door or a dog tied to the pole at our office. People just suck!!!

  • Kalani Blake says:

    Nyx looks so happy! πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘ Thank you for adopting! πŸ™ŒπŸ™ŒπŸ™Œ It's awesome that you even adopted after buying, some people just get in a pattern of buying without even trying to adopt. πŸ™πŸ™πŸ™πŸ™ It's also great to show people that you can get a young, specific breed! πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘ What a beautiful way to honor Phaedra, giving another dog a fresh chance at life! (Also Amaya is very cute!)

  • SarahJane says:

    We had a dog when I was a kid whom we adopted. My First dog (that was mine) was given to me from a litter of my friends dogs puppies. After he passed I was all about adoption. I need a dog due to my anxiety and PTSD. I went through about 3-4 dogs trying to see if they would work with my mom's dog. My mom's dog picked Ruby, my current dog. They said she was a pitbull. (I did a ton of research on pitbulls because my boss owned them. I think Ruby is actually a staffie, but when I would walk her as a baby I definitely heard neighbors whisper about how bad pits are. When I got Ruby (6 months old) she was so stubborn and playful wanted to eat everything that I almost didn't have time to think about how much I missed George (my first dog). She made me frustrated and laugh so hard so often. (She also had motion sickness for about 3-4 months when I started to take her to work. One morning I remember she ate her food and while I was in the bathroom, my mom's dog and her were running circles in the house. I heard my mom's dog bark in her "somethings wrong" kind of way and I came out and Ruby had run herself sick and was throwing up her breakfast. I couldn't help but laugh as I tried to tell her it was ok.
    I'm so glad you have a new baby in your life and you rescued one that really needed you. Rescuing a dog is the only way I'd go. Amaya looks so happy to be in her new home! Sending love to you and your whole family. <3

  • andi with an eye says:

    YEEESSSS!!! love Amaya! xx

  • Danna Lucio Chavez says:

    Lucky dog!!!

  • Original E says:

    Rescued is my favorite breed.

  • Ghoultiful Hag says:

    So happy for you and Nyx! Pets are so wonderful and when you find the right pet it just clicks. It is so great that you were willing to help Amaya even when you were grieving.

  • angie rubio says:

    You are so beautiful inside and out.
    Poodles are my favorite and I personally have had a toy poodle for 15 years. My family has only had rescued dogs or stray puppies we find.
    This video is important because it’s hard to find poodles at shelters but with research it can be done
    I agree with you that people should not feel guilty it they cannot adopt.

  • Eliza Topolosky says:

    I am just so over the moon that this all worked out for you! Like I mentioned to you, I truly feel like this was beshert! I hope I can meet her one day. We are planning a play date with her sister Lexi soon!

  • Karen Tyas says:

    Wow Amayas coloring is gorgeous!!! I’m so happy for you and glad Nyx approves 😊

    So, by adopting you’ve now saved at LEAST 2 dogs lives. You saved Amaya AND by adopting her you opened a space for the rescue to pull another dog from a shelter. Then the shelter goes on to have room for another dog and so on πŸ’œ

    I wish I’d known, I could have offered transport at least half of the way but it sounds like your road trip gave you a great bonding experience.

  • Sv T says:

    Happy to see you happy again.
    Best thing you did is to adopt Amaya, I am sure she is happy too that she is now in a warm home, getting love and care that she needs. I wish you all the best to you. β™₯

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  • Michelle Marino says:

    Omg I seriously am on the verge of crying ! How amazing πŸ’—πŸ™ŒπŸ» And I loooove the name Amaya

  • Melissa Greenway says:

    Aboustley beautiful fur baby. Bless you for rescuing her, all three of my dogs and my kitty are rescued babies. Congrats on the new member of your family❀

  • Brilliantnash says:

    Congratulations on adopting a new fur baby. Amaya is a very lucky dog.

  • Sinndy Morr says:

    She is adorable. Blessings to you all πŸ’œ

  • Sharon Baker says:

    Welcome Amaya!!! Nyx will be your big sister forever!!!πŸ’™πŸ’™πŸ’™

  • Adina Lesperance says:

    Congratulations on your new family member! I really enjoyed seeing Amaya and Nyx play together. I agree with you that we don't need to eliminate all breeders; there are some out there that really care about the breed and they breed very responsibly. But puppy mills are just evil…they need to go, like, right now. I'm lucky I don't have dog allergies. My favorite breed is mutt, adopted from a shelter! πŸ˜€

  • Christie Cat says:

    Congratulations! She's so adorable! Love the video of her playing with Nyx.πŸ©πŸ’—πŸ©

  • Daena O. says:

    Congratulations on the new family member!! Sometimes adopting a new pet can really help take our minds off of the grief of losing a pet. Not that the new one will ever replace the one who has died… but it can be a wonderful thing to focus our energy on. I know that is how things were for me. I know Amaya will have a wonderful home with you!

  • Jennifer Dixson says:

    Congratulations on the new furbaby! I wish you all many, many years of love and happiness!

  • Sweet Insanity says:

    Awww, congrats on the new girl! Really glad you were able to help a rescue out and that it worked out so well after that long trip. It was meant to be, for sure. πŸ’œ

  • K Lily says:

    Such an amazing story. I’m so happy for you, your family, and Amaya. Her and Nyx really do seem to be long lost best friends ☺️. I love Amaya’s name, it means β€œnight rain.” So lovely. Blessings to you and your two happy playful poodles. πŸ’œ

  • bowiespacecat says:

    i love you, i love you, i love you! you are SUCH a model of responsible pet ownership & exactly the moderate, reasonable voice of rescue vs breeding. I'm SO secretly sad I missed you last weekend – I was down in Cleveland for the International Cat Show, and you were probably close by picking up Amaya!

  • JackOllie4 says:

    What an amazing adoption success story! I am so happy for you, Amaya, Dave, and Ray … oh and Nyx, too! Amaya clearly adores you as she lies so comfy cozy next to you receiving pets and nuzzles from NyxπŸ’•πŸ’•
    I totally agree that there is a place for responsible breeders.
    Responsible breeders, among other things, are often elected officers in their breed club, they mentor others, they contribute articles to canine publications, they conduct seminars, they show their dogs and sometimes become show judges, their breeding program positively impacts the breed for decades, they differentiate between "pet quality" puppies and "breeding quality" puppies, they maintain a solid support system for their puppy buyers and accept responsibility for every puppy produced, they study genetics and base their breeding program on good genetic understanding of the breed's gene pool, they participate in genetic research of their breed for health and conformation purposes, and they make a lifetime commitment to their breed and breeding program. These are a tall order. I personally mentored for a couple of years under a breeder like this, so I know they exist!
    I am a strong supporter of adoption, but I also know truly responsible breeders are out there.

  • Gabrielle L says:

    Welcome home, Amaya! You did a wonderful thing and I know Amaya will bring you all kinds of joy. Of course you will always miss and love Phaedra, but there's always room in a heart like yours and I'm glad you've welcomed Amaya into your life. Her life didn't start out well, but now it's going to be wonderful.

  • Louisa Dent says:

    I'm glad she fits so well into your family. I can't believe people can be so cruel to animals

  • Justin says:

    Congrats court!!

  • BeginNails Kristi V says:

    I"m so happy that you found a new family member! I'm also really happy that Nyx loves Amaya too! <3

  • Mama Deb Beauty says:

    Oh Courtney I’m crying over here she’s beautiful I’m so happy for all of you I wish you all many years of love and happiness nyx needed a new friend πŸ’œπŸ’œπŸ’œπŸ’œ I’ve been searching for two years for a dog it has to be a very small non shedding dog for my daughter as a emotional support dog to take everywhere with her including school it’s so hard and her doctor is getting on me to get her dog I’m like you want to pay for it?! Breeders are to expensive and I’ve found nothing at the shelters 😩 hopefully soon I’ll find something I miss my fur baby Xena she looked exactly like nyx best dog I’ve ever had we lost her a few years ago to cancer she was only 7 πŸ’œπŸ’œπŸ’œπŸ’œ

  • Cindy Ingalls says:

    Amaya is so pretty. I'm so glad she's in a good home with someone to play with!

  • pheline24 says:

    Amaya is such a perfect fit for you two and Nyx. Its so cool. I’m happy for you. Thank you for announcing the adopt a dog month. πŸ˜ŠπŸ’™πŸ’™

  • Luba Zak says:

    Congrats 🎊 on Amaya!! Wonderful that the adoption is working out.
    Both dogs look so happy!!
    I have a friend that adopts small rescue dogs but hers have been very territorial to the point of biting people. The one she has now bit my ankle, mostly my sock, thank God. I joke that she has a home for emotionally disturbed dogs, because this is her second one. I commend her for doing that, but it’s not
    for me.
    When I was young, a boyfriend of mine got a rescue dog who has such abandonment issues he would jump the fence and lunge at his truck to the point of getting his face bloody. He gave the dog back to the shelter.
    I have a toy poodle that I got from a breeder, as a puppy and she is the sweetest most loving pet, never knowing anything but love.
    Because of these experiences I am reluctant to adopt a shelter dog.
    It’s really a crime that anyone could mistreat an animal that would give unconditional to their owner, if given the love and attention they deserve.

  • Jennifer Tesauro says:

    Congrats on the new family member!

  • Atelier Marketing Collective says:

    Amaya is beautiful. What an awesome addition to your family πŸ˜„ I hope you have a future full of wonderful memories together.

  • Denise Phillips says:

    So cute! Glad they both get on.

  • Rachel Runyan says:

    I'm so happy for your and your family. Nyx is going to make an awesome big sister (after all, she had the best big sis to learn from). Amaya is beautiful, and her story made me tear up. How anyone could treat another living thing that way, I'll never comprehend. Bless you and the guys for giving her a forever home. Bless Kelly for doing such wonderful work with her. Bless Eliza for making sure you all found each other. Our kitties used to belong to friends, and we took them to keep them out of a shelter. Our guinea pig was an owner surrender that wasn't being adopted because everyone wanted the babies and he was 6 months old or so. My older's son cat was a two-time owner surrender, a high-strung black siamese mix. She surprised the shelter worker by going straight up to my son and trying to play with him instead of hanging back nervously like she had around others. We're glad for all our pre-loved fur babies!

  • Wendy Darling says:

    Love love LOVE this soooo much! You look and sound like you are in a better place as well… Amaya is beautiful and Nyx is so happy to have a pal again… thank you for adopting!!!!

  • Amanda Houseman says:

    I am so happy for you all xx

  • Ann McCubbin says:

    They are so affected after cruelty hope shes ok now she got you lot x

  • Madelyn Pryor says:

    I am so happy you and Amaya found each other.

  • jo_ v80 says:

    Congrats on your adoption! I'm allergic to animal hair like your husband and poodles are the only ones I can handle. I love my poodles, they are like my children.

  • Deena says:

    Courtney, this is such a heartwarming story!! I am so happy and grateful that Amaya has a good home!!

  • Not26AnymoreBeauty says:

    I’m so excited about your new baby!! Adoption is the greatest, shelter dogs are the best. Both my babies are rescued and back yard breeders are DISGUSTING to me. I’m so sad what she’s been though and she is so lucky to have y’all!!! πŸ’–

  • Lola Seicento says:

    Amaya is such a sweet soul, and you and Ray are amazing for making such a long drive to give her a wonderful forever home. She's very lucky to have you as her family! Brilliant idea to introduce Amaya and Nyx at a dog park, and so amazing that they have already bonded!

  • Helshira says:

    Congratulations on your new adopted baby! πŸ–€

  • Hooptie721 says:

    Congratulations. She is beautiful. So glad you were able to find a dog to help any cope with her loss.

  • veganbeautyaddict says:

    I'm so happy for you and your family! <3

  • Tali says:

    I’m so glad all of you are getting along and that you’ve got a new baby πŸ’•
    Also I imagine dogs of the same breed being like β€˜you’re a poodle? IM A POODLE! POODLE POODLE POODLE!’

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  • SaucerJess says:

    Thank you for sharing her story and for adopting her into your loving family πŸ’œ

  • Emilie Bee says:

    Congratulations on your new addition, I love how quickly she and Nyx have bonded! Backyard breeders give responsible breeders such a bad name. I unfortunately have a few extended family members who breed their dogs for fun with no health testing whatsoever and I feel it’s so irresponsible.

  • Glamorable says:

    Congratulations!! I saw the new pupper on your Insta stories and got so excited to see that happy face πŸ™‚ Love the name too!

  • Kathryne says:

    So happy for you! Hello Amaya!
    Amaya is lucky to have you as her dog mama

  • AlcideIzMine says:

    I'm glad Amaya found such a loving family to be a part of! She looks like a sweetheart πŸ’œπŸ’œ

  • ellementira says:

    Congrats on adding Amaya to your family! She looks like she is completely blossoming in your home with her big sis to show her the way! The lil fluff in my profile image is my shelter family member, adopted 8 years ago now. The shelter I got him from was practically gifting dogs away (rural Oklahoma)- his shelter fee was $20. Shelters are so overrun all over this country, and I hope that more people are inspired to adopt because of your video!

  • Tasha Florentz says:

    So happy for Amaya and your family! Glad that And I agree with your "unpopular" opinion. I love Pomeranians. I rescued one and I got one from a licensed Breeder here in Long Beach, CA. There is a law in California now that makes Pet Stores who sell puppies from "breeders(aka backyard, puppy mill)" illegal. The pet stores here are all rescued pets! I hope laws like this help make puppy mills and illegal backyard breeders become a thing of the past. Thank you for sharing yours and Amaya's story~ <3

  • Samantha Barfield says:

    Aww sweet baby. I'm glad you guys got another sweetie and I'm sure nyx is happy to have a new friend

  • Moley Mole says:

    Something else that causes problems of animals in need of homes is natural disasters and the aging population. It is very rare that there are shelters for people who have lost their home for whatever reason do not allow pets. Also elderly people pass on or go into nursing facilities that, again, don't allow animals. We are currently fostering a (approx.) 12 year old dog that was found as a stray but was definitely the companion of someone older. Likely something happened to that person and instead of finding him a new home or even surrendering him to the humane society (which is what most people do) he was abandoned.

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