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Find-a-Friend Friday: Esme & Ester

February 18th, 2011 9:56 am by Kelly


The story of Esme & Ester (abridged, < 2 minutes). Doesn't the still shot just break your heart? YouTube video courtesy of Wayside Waifs.

When first I spied Esme in Wayside Waifs’ weekly newsletter (she was one of three “Waifs of the Week”), my eye was immediately drawn to her. Not because she’s gorgeous (though she totally is! such fluffy, snow-white fur – and so much of it, too!), but rather because I thought she was missing a leg. (Seriously, check out her photo! Do you see her front right leg?) And if you know me, you know that I have a soft spot for the hard luck cases.

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Esme (left) and Ester (right), a pair of bonded, purebred American Eskimo dogs
available for adoption through Wayside Waifs.
Photos courtesy of Wayside Waifs.

Alas, all four of Esme’s legs are intact and functioning. Yet, Esme’s is still a “special needs” case. At 6 years old young, she’s hardly a shiny new pup anymore. Plus, she has a younger sis (Ester) with whom she’d desperately like to be adopted. As hard as it can be to place one dog in a happy new home, try two! To say that it’s doubly difficult is an understatement. And yet, this is just what the nice folks at Wayside Waifs are trying to do.

Here are Esme and Ester’s Petango listings, in order:

Name: Esme
Animal ID: 12242995
Breed: American Eskimo
Age: 6 years
Gender: Female
Color: White
Spayed/Neutered: Yes
No: Small Children
Size: Medium

Hello everyone! It’s me, Esme, a 6 year old purebred American Eskimo lover of a dog searching for a home of my own. I’m so cute and soft and sweet and cuddly, I will take your breath away! I sure hope you fall in love with me, because I’ve had it with life in a shelter and I want to go home!

At 20 pounds, I’m a perfect medium size to cozy up next to you on the couch. I’m not too big, not too small. And are you familiar with my breed? Well, besides our beauty, we’re known for being loyal and smart. You can’t go wrong with those qualities, can you?

I came to Wayside as a transfer from another shelter. Well, first I was surrendered to that other shelter, along with my sister, Ester, when our owner could no longer care for us. Living in one shelter was bad enough, then no one came for us so we were sent here. It’s almost too much to handle! My sister and I would like to be adopted out together since we have lived our lives together.

I’m sort of shy, at least until I get to know you and trust you. No, I’m not the life of the party and probably never will be, but if a sweet, quiet girl is more your style, then you won’t go wrong with me. I love to go for walks with the volunteers around the Wayside campus and they say I do really well with leash walking. And after our walks, a little cuddle time is definitely in order. Anything to keep from going back to my kennel!

In my new home, I’m looking for patience, understanding, attention, and love. Do you think you can give me all that? I’d like a new home without kids under the age of 12. They are scary and unpredictable to me and they make me nervous. Other dogs are ok, but please bring them to meet me before we all go home together.

I’m in the prime of my life and I deserve a home of my own with people who care about me. Isn’t that what we’re all looking for? Someone to care for us and someone to care about? That’s all I want. Please come to meet me soon. I need you.

Love, Esme

Name: Ester
Animal ID: 12242603
Breed: American Eskimo
Age: 5 years 6 months
Gender: Female
Color: White
Spayed/Neutered: Yes
No: Small Children
Size: Medium

Hi! I’m Ester, a five and a half year old purebred American Eskimo, and I’m anxiously waiting for you to come and make me part of your family. I hate being here in a shelter and I will love lounging next to you in our home, so I hope you come soon! I’m shy and timid at times. And I’m soft and adorable and sweet all the time.

At 20 pounds, I’m a perfect medium size to cozy up next to you on the couch. I’m not too big, not too small. And are you familiar with my breed? Well, besides our beauty, we’re known for being loyal and smart. You can’t go wrong with those qualities, can you?

I came to Wayside as a transfer from another shelter. Well, first I was surrendered to that other shelter, along with my sister, Esme, when our owner could no longer care for us. Living in one shelter was bad enough, then no one came for us so we were sent here. It’s almost too much to handle! My sister and me would like to go home together since we have lived our whole lives together.

I walk very well on my leash and I’m very well behaved. I need positive socialization at my new home to thrive. I don’t have alot of confidence, so I will need you to be encouraging and supportive, and loving, of course. I prefer a home without kids under the age of 12. Loud noises and quick movements are very scary to me, so I just don’t think I would be happy with youngsters around. Hope that’s not a problem! I have lived with other dogs (my sister!), but if I’m going to have any future canine brothers or sisters in my new home, please bring them with you to meet me before we all go home together. I’m not a big player and I want to be sure we all get along from the start!

If you have a nice soft dog bed at your house and you’re looking for a sweetheart of a dog to start sleeping in it, please remember me! I promise I won’t be much trouble or ask for too much. I just want the companionship and love of people who will treat me like family. That sounds so nice.

Love, Ester

If you’re thinking of adopting one dog now and a second somewhere down the road, why not welcome a bonded pair into your home instead? While this might involve a greater adjustment initially, consider the benefits. Since the dogs are already friends, there’s no worrying that they’ll get along with one another (as is often the case when introducing a new dog to your existing canine companion). Plus, the transition is likely to be less stressful for the dogs, as they aren’t walking into a new situation completely alone and anchor-less. (Friends, they’re like security blankets, yo!) When left to their own devices, two canines can also help to keep one another entertained and comfortable.

Last but not least, there’s the warm, fuzzy feeling you’ll get from keeping two friends together for life. Trust me – I speak from experienceit’s a pretty awesome feeling.

Updated to add:

Since I wrote this post earlier in the week, Wayside Waifs has updated Esme and Ester’s listings, in order to stress that the two are a pair and must be adopted together. Here’s how their listings read as of this morning:

Hello everyone! We are Esme and Ester, two purebred American Eskimo lovebugs searching for a home of our own. And we’d like that home to be together, so we decided to join forces on our web page write up. We are so cute, soft, sweet, and cuddly that we are sure to take your breath away! We are also shy and timid, though, so shelter life is very stressful for us and we are ready to go home.

If you haven’t already done so, please be sure to check out the short video that we made, with the help of our favorite Wayside volunteer. Just click the “play” button below our picture. We’re pretty proud of that and it gives you a great idea of who we are.

At just about 20 pounds, we are a perfect medium size to cozy up next to you on the couch. We’re not too big, not too small. And are you familiar with our breed? Well, besides our beauty, we’re known for being loyal and smart. You can’t go wrong with those qualities, can you?

We came to Wayside as a transfer from another shelter. Well, first we were surrendered to that other shelter, just us two sisters all alone, when our owner could no longer care for us. Living in one shelter was bad enough, then no one came for us so we were sent here. It’s almost been too much to handle! Luckily, we have each other for comfort. When you come to visit us, you’ll frequently find us cuddled together in the back of our kennel. It’s our way of coping with all the scary people and sounds around here.

There are so many advantages to adopting two dogs together, especially sisters like us. We already know we get along fabulously and make each other happy. We promise to keep each other company when you’re away. And we will be happy to team up to give you twice the doggie love every single day! Plus, there’s a discount when you adopt us both together. Sweet, huh?

Once we get to know you and start to trust you, we will do our best to come out of our shells. No, we’re not the life of the party and probably never will be, but if two sweet, quiet girls are more your style, then you won’t go wrong with us. We love to go for walks with the volunteers around the Wayside campus and they say we do really well with leash walking. In fact, as you may have noticed in our video, one person can easily walk both of us together. And after our walks, a little cuddle time is definitely in order. Anything to keep from going back to our kennel!

In our new home, we’re looking for patience, understanding, attention, and love. Do you think you can give us all that? We’d like a new home without kids under the age of 12. They are scary and unpredictable to us and they make us nervous.

At 6 (Esme) and 5 (Ester) years old, we are in the prime of our lives and we deserve a home of our own with people who care about us. Isn’t that what we’re all looking for? Someone to care for us and someone to care about? That’s all we want. Please come to meet us soon. We need you.

Love, Esme and Ester

How can you say no?

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