dear davi

Sweeter than SACCHRINE

Children’s book tells of rescuing the perfect dog


There’s a certain time during the day when the sunlight strikes the hardwood just right, where it’s warm on my back, but my cheek still rests on the floor’s cool spot. See, finding the right spot is all about timing.

The same can be said about finding the right dog. It takes the right dog, right time and right reasons to make a fulfilling and lasting bond.

Too Licky, authored by local six-year-old identical twins Gigi and Ryan Giles, tells the tale of one family’s journey to find the perfect rescue dog.

I met with the sisters to find out more about their incredible journey.

DAVI: How did you know Sugar was the ‘just right’ dog for you?
Gigi & Ryan: We knew immediately when we met her. She rolled over on her back and just wanted love.

Where did you find Sugar?
We found Sugar at Clay County Animal Care & Control. She was being fostered along with her three puppies by a Friends of Clay County Animals volunteer.

How many dogs did you visit before finding your perfect match?

What valuable lesson did you learn from your journey?
We learned so many things! We learned about discrimination many breeds face. We also learned about incredible rescue organizations that support these dogs as well as the ones that help support shelter dogs.

What characteristics make a dog ‘just right’?
Much like people, every dog is different. What may not be ‘just right’ for one family may be for another.

Why is it important to share your story?
Rescuing a dog can seem daunting. It’s hard to know where to start, where to go. Through that journey we learned so much and want to make it easier for other families to find their forever friend.

Why is it important for a family to find a dog that’s ‘just right’?
Every breed has its own unique temperament, appearance, activity level and set of needs. You should do some serious and careful research to determine which breed of dog is right for you and your family.

What search tips can you offer to someone looking for a forever friend?
Have an idea of the type of dog you want and know how much time you’re able to devote. Be open to all breeds. Get to know the volunteers at the shelters; they know the dogs best. Find out if any dogs are being fostered. That allows you to meet a dog that’s been in a home setting where the foster parents know how the dog will thrive.

Why did you decide to adopt instead of shop?
We wanted to save a life. So many beautiful dogs deserve furever homes.

October is Adopt a Shelter Dog Month, and there’s no better way to celebrate than by bringing home a furry friend from your local shelter. With canines of all kinds available for adoption, you are sure to find one that’s just right for you.

For more information about Too Licky, go to Half the proceeds benefit animal welfare and rescue organizations.

Davi the dachshund is “just right” for Folio Weekly readers every week.

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