Dog finds home in West MI after 8 years in shelter system
The couple fell in love with Kashmir after seeing her in the weekend pet adoption segment of 13 ON YOUR SIDE.
MUSKEGON, Michigan – Hundreds of thousands of animals are waiting at local shelters and rescues for a family to call their own.
A dog’s journey to happily ever after spanned nearly a decade. Her name is Kashmir, and in the eyes of Dave and Teresa Dekkinga, she is perfect.
“Being a senior dog, she matches our energy level very well. I mean, I love puppies and Dave too but, you know, being old people, we’re just, she’s perfect,” Teresa Dekkinga said.
When we first met Kashmir in September 2021, she had just arrived at Project Noah in Muskegon after being transferred from a shelter in Florida.
“She was on a euthanasia list. It was therefore necessary to find him a home quickly. She’s been in the shelter her whole life,” said Michelle Art, executive director of The Noah Project.
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Kashmir spent eight years moving through the shelter system.
She was chosen to appear in the pet adoption segment of 13 ON YOUR SIDE on Sunday mornings. It was then that she caught the attention of Dave and Teresa.
“We had your show. We always watch the show on Sunday mornings and I sat down and said, ‘Honey, this is a great story about Kashmir. Let’s go see her,” Dave Dekkinga said.
The couple weren’t sure they were ready for another dog after Mia, a 16-year-old Maltese-Yorker mix, died two years ago, but they couldn’t resist Cashmere.
“My heart was broken; her heart was broken and it was like, all of a sudden, I felt like there was something missing in my life,” Teresa said.
They acted quickly to fill out a request and upon meeting, it was love at first sight.
“They came back for us and asked what do you think about it? Think about it overnight? And we said no, we’re not going to think about it overnight, we want her now , and she just gave us kisses and she wanted to come home with us,” Dave said.
They all went home that day with big smiles on their faces.
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The Dekkingas say there is nothing like the love and companionship of a dog…
“I think the idea is that if you get a dog from the shelter there has to be something wrong with them. And you have to go visit these dogs because there are so many of them. There’s nothing wrong with them,” Teresa said.
Kashmir has now been at home for about five months. She spends the winter in the South taking long walks with her parents.
“There’s just something special about giving a senior dog a chance to live out the rest of their life with you,” Teresa said.
Kashmir will spend the rest of his life curled up by the fire with his family nearby.
“Yeah, it’s going to be very heartbreaking when her time is up, but she’s so worth it and we would do it again,” Teresa said.
From eight years in a refuge to forever happiness in a forever home: this is the story of Kashmir.
The Dekkingas say they hope others will consider adopting from a shelter or shelter and maybe even a senior dog like Kashmir.
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