Happy Tales from the Trails

After the loss of our 16-year-old golden/chow/collie mix we didn’t even want to think about getting another dog. Bet after waiting almost a year and a half, we decided we were ready to add the love of a dog back into the family equation. We knew we wanted a female, about 30 pounds, mild-mannered and good with cats, dogs and children. We thought it would be relatively easy to find the perfect dog – boy were we wrong! We reached out to a number of rescue organizations. We were most impressed with Homeward Trails who were really committed to finding the right dog for our family. Working with our adoption coordinator Patty Sharma it took only took one month to find the perfect dog – Coba. She was already spayed, housebroken, knew her basic commands and was leash trained.
And none of that is as important as her adorable personality. She looks at you as if you are the best person she has ever met. When we come home she gets so excited that she bends her head and nose together to form a crescent roll. Our cat Calamity is thrilled that Coba never bothers her and let’s her rule the roost. Though not a morning person, I find that being at the river at 6 a.m. with my little girl is so soothing for me. Since Coba entered my life I have been so much calmer and sleeping better. I’ve even met many of my neighbors because of her! She is such a joy and we could not be happier to have her in our lives
Alexandria, VA

After our previous Homeward Trails dog passed away, we came back to ask for help in finding another dog for our family. The biggest obstacle we faced was that the dog needed to be cat friendly, or to be more precise; it had to be tolerant of our very in-charge cat Dunkles. After the initial meeting, Dunkles seemed to approve of him, so Freckles joined our family.


Freckles is the nicest, calmest dog we’ve ever owned. At eight, he’s an older dog, but because of that we have benefited in so many ways. He was already housetrained, past the puppy crazies and is a total gentleman. Our nieces just adore him and he is gentle enough that they are able to take him on walks. He travels with us when we go to visit family and gets along with all the dogs and cats there.

We volunteer at a retirement home and we recently started taking Freckles along with us. He generally sleeps through the activities the residents take part in, but after that he joins in the fun. The residents throw the ball for him and spoil him with treats. If we leave him home the residents all ask where he is and ask why we left him home!

Our thanks to Homeward Trails, Tammy, and Freckles’ foster mom for all the good work you do!

-Addie, Chris, Dunkles and Freckles,
Falls Church, VA

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We got Olive when she was just 3 months old. She’s now almost 2 and a half and we all love her dearly.

She is very smart, cute, happy and laid back. We are devoted to her and she to us. We are lucky to have her in our lives.


-Katie C., Washington D.C.

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