Well, I am celebrating my 1-year anniversary of being adopted by Brian and Julie Slagle. WOW – what an adventure!
I am not sure if you remember me; my name used to be Mindy, but the Slagles’ changed my name to Zoe Lynn when they adopted me, and I LOVE my name, especially the “Slagle” part. My brothers, sisters and I were abandoned when we were just weeks old. Not that I didn’t like living with you Sara, but I am sure thankful that you found me a home.
Let me give you an idea of what my first year has been like:
My hometown is Sidney Nebraska, where I live in a big house with my 5 year old yellow lab sister, Abby, and my 2 sibling cats Sadie and Reagan. We all get along great! My home has a huge yard where Abby and I run and play. Sometimes, I hate coming into the house in the evenings, but I know that I have to eat my supper and then I can relax in my big soft bed. Abby is really big compared to me, but that doesn’t matter. She and I like to wrestle together. She’s my big, protective sister.
Daddy says that cats are supposed to fight with dogs, but Reagan and I are buddies. He is about my size and we love to wrestle and chase each other around the house. Reagan is not supposed to go outside, but sometimes he sneaks out. When that happens, I have to help bring him home – Daddy says he is a little stinker. We play hide-and-seek.
Mom and Dad (and grandpa) own a pond near Ogallala Nebraska; that’s about 1 hour away, but I generally sleep on mom’s shoulder while we drive there, so the time goes by really fast. I love playing at the farm; so many smells and places to hide. Abby is a really good swimmer. Daddy throws her a toy and she swims out to get it! Last summer, she taught me how to swim too, it was a little scary at first because I don’t have webbed paws, but I learned too. I usually don’t get much further out than 5 feet, and I know that Mommy is standing at the shore to get me if I have trouble. I tried a pink lifejacket for puppies – UGH that made me lose my balance. So I just learned not to go into the water unless Mommy or Daddy is standing by me.
Mommy has this machine (ATV) that she drives at the farm; it is kind of big and scary. Abby likes to run along side of it while Mommy drives, but she holds me instead. She says I am too little to run beside the machine and that I might get hurt. It’s funny about Mommy…she lets me do a lot of really neat things, but she doesn’t let me do anything that I might get hurt at.
I really love my Daddy and Mommy. Daddy and I do the adventurous things with Abby, and he really likes to wrestle. Daddy has a big garage off the house; it’s fun to play out there. Daddy made Abby and I a big red toy box that is full of stuffed toys. Sometimes I tear apart the ones that have the squeaky thing inside. Abby and I can make a big mess in the family room, but Mommy always cleans it up. Mommy says we have the “run of the house” – whatever that means. Mommy likes to give kisses and snuggle together. Sometimes she and I just spend the weekend watching TV and baking. I like those adventures too.
I hope that if you know where my brothers and sister are, that you will share this letter with them. I want them to know that I am okay.
Well Sara, it has been a amazing year at the Slagles. I really love my Daddy and Mommy so much. They said to tell you “thank you “ for helping them find me. We all make a wonderful family.
Zoe Lynn Slagle
(Brian and Julie Slagle)