It Starts with a Square

Second Chances

BY Regan Hewitt

Hi everyone! My name is Sweet Pea and I’m thrilled to share my story with you. 

My life began as a puppy at the Collierville Animal Shelter. The humans there fed me, loved on me and gave me the name Sweet Pea. Back then, I was the kind of little baby that people loved to snuggle with and “oooh” and “ahhh” over, so I was immediately adopted. 

Sadly, the rest of my story is an all-too common one. My people grew busy with human things and I grew up in the backyard. My humans finally decided they didn’t have time for me, so they dropped me off at a shelter. I was terrified and heartbroken. Luckily, that shelter found my microchip and realized that I had originally come from the Collierville Animal Shelter, so I was returned there. 

Everyone welcomed me back with open arms, but to be honest, I was still terrified. I think my reaction was similar to what I remember hearing the human children say about their first day at school. They were scared about the unknown rules, scared that the other humans wouldn’t like them and scared that they would do something wrong. That was me at the shelter. 

When humans would come to take me for a walk, I would try to make myself small and invisible. When potential forever-home people would meet me, I would hide in the corner. Everything I did was working to reduce the risk of repeating what had happened to me last time I was adopted, but I was also working against myself. 

“The shelter humans say I am truly a reflection of my name because I will lay my head in their laps, lick their hands and give them kisses.”

The good news is that time heals all wounds, right? Like a child in school, I eventually learned the routine and started to gain confidence again! I find myself loving my walk, running and playing and reacting to humans with love. I am still very cautious when I meet new people, but if they’re patient and give me about ten minutes, I will share my heart in a deep and affectionate way. The shelter humans say I am truly a reflection of my name because I will lay my head in their laps, lick their hands and give them kisses.

So now I’m here, asking if there are any humans that would love a beautiful, brindle one-year-old boxer-mix like me? Who would let me stay in their house and let me show off how playful, smart and happy I am? Could you be my new forever home? I’m here at the shelter, holding on to the hope that if you’re reading this, YOU are my forever family. If you think we could be a match, please make an appointment to meet me. We can go for a walk and I can show you how much this sweet pea has to give. 

Xoxo, Sweet Pea

Julie Weaver. Collierville Animal Services is located at 603 E. South Street, Collierville. Call 901-457-2670 or come by to find your perfect companion!

September/October 2021 Tour Collierville Magazine