They say that love will find you when you least expect it. This year I had pretty much given up on love. At least for the time being. I decided I that I was perfectly happy hanging with my dog Lucy and doing whatever we wanted. We had a great life together.

To kick off this dating hiatus I deleted all the dating apps from my phone.

Except for one.

I still had Petfinder. I didn’t realize that would be the app that would bring my new beau into my life.

A Rescue Dog Love Story

I discovered Burt’s profile in early September and our whirlwind romance began! I first reached out on a Saturday, then we met in person on Tuesday, I introduced him to my family (aka Lucy) on Thursday and he came straight home with us.

What followed was a typical dating story. Burt couldn’t get enough of me and Lucy! He wanted to be as close to us as possible at all times. To be honest he was a little clingy. There were times at the beginning when Lucy and I had to give him some tough love. When he got a little too obsessed and mouthy we both just ignored him. He learned that we can all get along better if he’s more chill.

A Rescue Dog Love Story

Also like a typical boyfriend, he ate all the food he could find in my house. When I left him alone he raided the cabinets and drawers, eating things I never thought would be appetizing like raw flour or red pepper flakes. He even figured out how to help himself into the freezer!

Of course, dating later in life (Burt’s about 7, which is like 49 in dog years!) means that Burt came with some baggage. He disclosed on his profile that he’s “special needs” and I found out that means he has epilepsy. As a 30-something single girl I’m not really in a position to turn someone down because of something like that. I knew we could manage Burt’s epilepsy together and that being part of a loving family would do a lot to ease his stress.

Lucy and I made room in our home and our hearts and Burt filled up every inch that he could. There was a little redecorating that had to take place, but it was all worth it!

A Rescue Dog Love Story

We’re two months into our relationship and all of us have learned a lot. The similarities to actual dating are really remarkable! The best part about a relationship with a new dog is that not only did Burt gain a new woman in his life, he actually gained a whole family. Everyone in my life, from my sisters and parents to our dog park friends have welcome Burt with open arms. Some give Lucy extra snuggles and treats to make up for her not being the only child anymore.

It sounds cliche, but when people tell me how lucky Burt is I can’t help but respond that I’m the lucky one.

We love you Burt!

A Rescue Dog Love Story

Check out adoptable pets in your area on Petfinder. The rescue where I found Burt is Action for Animals. If you’re in the Pittsburgh area, check them out!

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